The development of innovative bio-based composite constituents
The SSUCHY project is positioned on the development of composite constituents, based on a renewable resource (i.e. biopolymers and plant fibre reinforcements) for the development of multifunctional recyclable and/or biodegradable bio-based composites with advanced functionalities for application in different sectors : transportation (ground transportation and aerospace) and high value market niches such as the acoustic and electronics sectors. It is dedicated to the development of specific concepts, technologies and materials to achieve a complete value chain and prove the principle at the scale of product demonstrators.
The SSUCHY project has five core objectives :
Increase the sustainability and the competitiveness of European industry
The expected impact is twofold:
• new bio-based aliphatic polyester with enhanced thermomechanical properties and still retaining a recyclable and/or biodegradable character
• new bio-based epoxy resin with advanced properties (flame retardancy…) with a high content of carbon from biomass
• new cobalt-free unsaturated polyester resin accelerator which has a low sensitivity to presence of fibre moisture during cure, and is optimized for high durability of the composite
• bio-based monocoque scooter frame
• bio-based panels for electric aircraft interiors application and designs of structure parts
• high-performance green loudspeaker system
DEMONSTRATION OF BIO-BASED COMPOSITES ADVANCED FUNCTIONALITIES AT THE SCALE OF DEMONSTRATORS
SET THE BASIS AND VALIDATION OF NEW BIO-BASED CONSTITUENTS FOR COMPOSITES
Schematic representation of the project structure and the list of work packages
The project structure is designed to provide an appropriate level of professional management to mediate efficiently between the different interests and cultures of the partners. The consortium bodies are shown in the following Figure.
Relations between entities within the project
Technology Exploitation Committee
The Technology Exploitation Committee (TEC) is a body that helps the consortium to maximize the chance to exploit the project’s results. It facilitates linkages to industry partners and proposes technology exploitation and transfer policies.
External Expert Advisory Board
The External Expert Advisory Board brings together two experts of bio-based polymers and composites. It provides an external and independent view on the project, critically reviews and gives feedback to the project progress in order to ensure its relevance and excellence and advises the consortium on the scientific topics and orientation.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven