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Universidad francesa busca socios industriales para probar nuevos polímeros termoendurecibles biológicos

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOFR20161104001
Publicado:
16/11/2016
Caducidad:
16/11/2017
Resumen:
Un laboratorio de investigación francés especializado en polímeros y composites, polímeros biológicos, biocomposites, bioaditivos y hormigón ha desarrollado un nuevo polímero termoendurecible biológico. Este compuesto es una alternativa prometedora a los aglutinantes derivados del petróleo o plástico termoendurecible. Se trata de un compuesto ignífugo con propiedades aislantes basado en proteína animal que ofrece numerosas aplicaciones en materiales compuestos empleados en los sectores de la construcción, transporte, envasado y equipos eléctricos y electrónicos. El laboratorio busca socios industriales con el fin de establecer acuerdos de cooperación técnica.

Details

Tittle:
French university is looking for industrials to test new bio-based thermosetting polymers
Summary:
A research laboratory in northern France has developed a new bio-based thermosetting polymer. This bio-based compound is a promising substitute for petroleum derived binder or thermosetting plastic. As a fire-resistant compound, it could have multiple applications for composites materials in building, transportation, packaging, electrical and electronic equipment field (insulation properties) .
The R-Y-D lab is looking for technology cooperation with industrials./ lab tested material.
Description:
The research team of 20 people is based in northern France and their main activity is environmentally friendly processes.
The research laboratory´s work is focused on the development and the investigation of non- fossil compounds (polymers and composites) as bio-based polymers, bio-composites, bio-additives, and concretes.
This innovative bio-based polymer is produced from animal´s protein and has insulating and fire-resistance properties. Some promising applications could be insulating electronic boxes , furnitures or building materials.

Process methodology :
Technologies from this university lab are conceived in a sustainable and environmentally way, with the objective of an energy-efficiency from manufacturing to the compound´s end-of-life. Researches focus on:
Resources:
o Use of raw materials or industrial wastes,
o Closeness of resources,
o Channelling ressources and products.
Compounds´ end of life
o Recyclability
o Biodegradability
Manufacturing process (computer-based modelling),
o Discharges´ limitation,
o Energy consumption,
o Safety
The coupled structure and process simulation using analytical and numerical methods provide important information for optimized structure and process parameters. A particular attention is paid to the relationship between the compound, its manufacturing process and its quality. For this last purpose, the laboratory works on the determination of the compounds´ properties and also on their behavior under stress experiments (flexural, compressive and tensile strength and modulus, deformability, Impact test Charpy and Izod...)

Numerous inventions from the lab are based on animal or vegetable proteins and processes by thermo-compression or microwave steps.
The new polymer is patented and the research team, help by a technology transfer company, is looking for industrial partners to be able to test at industrial scale the results obtained at lab level. they are also interested to do further research on specific application if needed.
Advantages and Innovations:
The research laboratory, is working on developing fire resistant compounds, with a non-toxic smoke emission. These polymers, based on animal´s protein, have a density similar to phenolic resin and are volatile-organic-compound free.

Moreover, they have strong resistance to low temperatures, are water resistant and no sensitive to most of the common solvents (acetone, ethanol...).

As showed in the following list, these polymers are particularly competitive with standard petroleum-based polymers :

Elongation in traction : 18 % - 22 % / EP range
Tensile strength : 13 - 20 MPa / UP or EP range
Modulus : 804 - 1460 MPa / UP or EP range
Charpy : 70 kJ/m2 / Better than UP and PI

EP: Epoxyde, UP: Unsaturated Polyester, PI: Polyimide; Values are obtained in traction experiments


A second important point is the process, which is designed to combine synthesis and shaping steps at the same time with no needs of resins or pre-polymers intermediates.

Finally, most of the characterizing experiments are realized on the polymers. As the process has also been tested for composites, the polymer can be considered as a matrix.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPs:
Secret Know-how,Patents granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
patented technology

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The research institute is looking for Industrial partners in the branch of plastic (end-user or manufacturer) which are interested in the application of biobased materials.
Applications sector :for example insulated electronic boxes , furnitures or building materials

For more efficiency in developing the technology, the laboratory recommended end-user company to have a manufacturer subcontractor. Indeed, tools for the processing of prototypes should be provided by the partner.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
French

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
02007020 Biobased materials
06006004 Biopolímeros
02007005 Composite materials
02007014 Plastics, Polymers