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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-01-01 - 2015-09-30

On the 1st of January 2015, a new project submission and management system for the project financed by Land Niederösterreich comes into effect. The present proposal was written to continue and complete the project: “Development and characterization of multi-functional bio-based composites” through a new project, also to comply with the new European regulations. The proposed time-period is 01/01/2015 till 30/09/2015. The new project is designed to continue the financial support for Miss Pauline Rivière PhD study, which has started in October 2012 within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) project BIOFUNK, in order to complete the ongoing PhD project.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-01-01 - 2018-12-31

Knowledge is generated to introduce renewable resins, originally designed for other applications than wood, to the wood processing industry. Based on this knowledge, resin, application, curing conditions, and design of the composite are optimized. Long-term target is a renewable resin suitable for producing wood composites on an industrial scale. Regarding thermoplastics, wood flour, fibers and biopolymers will be processed via extrusion and injection molding to manufacture biopolymer based wood composites. Decreased heat and impact resistance of PLA based wood composites will be optimized by using alternative biopolymers such as celluloseacetate and bio-based additives. The content of selected components will be varied to develop an optimized recipe
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2013-03-01 - 2014-12-31

The aim of this study is to assess the capability of different mineral or synthetic fillers mixed with biopolymers to replace current electrically and/or thermally conductive composite. Multiple added-values are expected: (1) electrical and/or thermal conductivity with an innovative partly-renewable material, (2) significant mechanical reinforcement, (3) sustainability and biodegradability of the material Research will be developed with new synthetic fillers (as unsized and sized recycled carbon fibres) but also mineral or organic fibres and particles. New types of biopolymers will also complete the study as biobased Polyamide grades, or electrically conductive polymers. These trials will complete a reference panel of electrical and thermal conductive biobased composites.

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