Traditionally used in glamorous high-end applications (e.g. spacecraft, F1 cars), Polymer Composites are materials which are increasingly appearing all around us in everyday society. For example, the transport sector has embraced composite materials in aircraft, trains, automobiles and marine vessels. Polymer Composites offer the potential to achieve lightweight load bearing,
Recycling Plastic Bottles into High Performance Composites
In 2017, the world used 20 million tonnes of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in water and soft drinks bottles, equivalent to 3 kg for every man, woman and child on the planet! The bulk of post-consumer PET bottles go to landfill. Those collected for recycling become recycled PET (rPET) and it is economically viable to use this to manufacture fibres for relatively low value applications such as nappies and the filling for duvets.
The new brochure on the Horizon 2020 FIBRESHIP project is now available at: http://www.fibreship.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/brochure_fibreship.pdf
IComp is one of the research centre partners in the FIRBESHIP project; Dr Anthony Comer is the principal investigator leading a team that is conducting the mechanical testing of the candidate fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) materials for large-length shipbuilding.
The 7th international conference on thermosetting resins took place in Berlin from the 25-27 of September 2018. Dr Terry McGrail (IComp director and technology leader) is a co-organiser of the conference with Professor Monika Bauer (Director Fraunhofer Research) and Professor Jean-Francois Gerard (President EPF European Polymer Federation). The topics covered as part of the conference included;
The future-proofing of advanced composites manufacturer CCP Gransden in Ballygowan, Co Down, took a major step forward today with the appointment by Jaguar Land Rover to a consortium prototyping a new electric specialist vehicle.
CCP Gransden is the only Northern Ireland business involved in the £35m research project confirmed by Prime Minister The Rt Hon Theresa May MP at the Zero Emission Vehicles Summit in Birmingham.