EPIC: European Partnership for Improved Composites

EPIC is a HORIZON2020/M-ERA.NET project involving 3 academic institutions and 1 company from 3 different countries.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No [number]

Objectives

The objective of European Partnership for Improved Composites (EPIC) is research, development and manufacturing of new hybrid composite materials based on epoxy/carbon fiber composites combined with certain types of special structured molecules (star-like and star molecules with different structure and different functional groups and molecular weight) and/or with the use of carbon nanostructures (mainly single-wall carbon nanotubes) or Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS).

Better compatibility and interconnection of polymeric system with carrying carbon matrix will be achieved by suitable chemical modification of primary materials. New types of organically modified nanostructured composites will significantly decrease delamination and crack propagation in epoxy carbon composites. If necessary, functionalization of carbon fibers will be carried out enabling resulting chemical bond with carrying polymeric system.

Expected Results

Expected result is a composite design which can be applied in more challenging applications in terms of mechanical strain and durability.

Systems intended for the transport industry (aviation, automotive, shipbuilding) and for the construction industry (concrete structures reinforcement) will be aimed to focus on the industrial implementation.

Application

Application formulation proposal will be implemented based on the composite systems and priming method development relating to final application. There will be also implemented the design of the system of selected instrumental technologies and characteristics of developed composite layers. Pilot plant verification:

  • Scale-up preparation of a newly developed system of an epoxy matrix with selected types of special structures molecules.
  • Scale-up preparation of a newly developed system based on carbon nanostructures.
  • Scale-up preparation of the above mentioned application forms of discussed newly developed systems.