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RDLV20210409001

ERA-NET Cofund – M-era.Net: Material for additive manufacturing of resistant products/constructions in salt water and saline fog environments - partners sought for field tests, certification and suggestion of applications

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ABSTRACT

The university research institute from Latvia has developed a composite material based on recycled thermoplastic polymer (as a binder). The project will aim to elaborate a composition for additive manufacturing and demonstrate that the material is suitable for use in saline environments. The project proposal is planned to be submitted to the ERA-NET Cofund M-era.Net Call 2021. Partners are sought for field tests, certification of the material, and proposition of areas of application.


FULL DESCRIPTION

The sea water is aggressive media causing degradation of many materials (e.g., concrete) which are for a longer time in contact with saline environment. Accordingly, materials stable in harsh media are of interest.
The university research institute from Latvia in collaboration with a private company has developed a composite material based on recycled thermoplastic polymer (as a binder) and inert filler. The material is field tested and applied in non-water (land) environment. By several parameters it has better properties than the classical concrete. The composite material developed does not absorb water, it retains its mechanical properties over a wide temperature range, and it is resistant to +/- temperatures. Thus, it can be assumed that the material is resistant to salt mist and salty sea water, so this material may be suitable for use in offshore constructions.
At the moment the polymer products are produced by hot pressing or hot rolling method.
Aim of the project is to develop material composition for additive manufacturing of products intended for use in sea water. During the project, the change of material properties due to long-term exposure to salt-containing environment will be experimentally tested and the usefulness for production of building elements from this material will be evaluated. In case of success the material will be certified for marine and offshore use.
For implementation of the project partners are sought - to carry out material testing in seawater and saline fog environments as well as certification. Also, a hydro-building specialized construction company is sought that could analyse the need of application of the material as well as suggest specific products for production. Deadline for submission of pre-proposals: 15th June 2021. Deadline for the EoI - 15.05.2021. Project duration – 3 years.


Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type of partner sought: any type of partner eligible to participate in ERA-NET Cofund M-era.Net Call 2021.

Tasks to be performed by the partner sought: depending on the partner’s profile - field tests, certification of the material, proposition of products for manufacturing/areas of application.


Advantages & innovations:

Building elements based on thermosetting polymers are known, but the composite material designed on the basis of waste thermoplastic polymers is significantly cheaper retaining similar properties. It is expected that polymer concrete applications in sea water environment will increase durability/properties of analogue products produced using classical cement.


Development Stage:

Concept stage


IPR:

Secret Know-how

Programme - Call:

Evaluation scheme: Two-stage submission scheme

Website: https://m-era.net/joint-calls/joint-call-2021

Deadline: 15/06/2021

Coordinator required: No

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
LATVIA
Profile date
14/04/2021
Deadline
15/05/2021

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Research cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Building and Construction \ Materials \ Drug Discovery and Drug Development \ Diagnostics
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Design and Modelling / Prototypes / 3D printing / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Building materials / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Composite materials / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Plastics, Polymers / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Properties of Materials, Corrosion/Degradation
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Research and experimental development on biotechnology
MARKET KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Chemicals and Materials / Other speciality materials / OTHER / Construction and Building Products / Manufacture of construction materials, components and systems

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Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number RDLV20210409001