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Nanoparticles for Lighter Plastics

Image obtained from Protectoplas Company web site

Image obtained from Protectoplas Company web site

The Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITA), the Instituto de Nanociencia (INA) from Universidad de Zaragoza, Instituto de Investigación en Medio Ambiente y Materiales from Universidad de Pau, the Laboratorio de Ingeniería de Producción from Escuela Nacional de Ingenieros de Tarbes and the Departamento de Ingeniería de Polímeros from Universidad de Minho had launched an European research project to make plastics lighter through the use of nanotechnology and facilitate the transfer of this technology to SMEs.

The project objective is to develop suitable nanoparticles to give to plastic material the best mechanical properties with less weight.

The idea is to replace the reinforced plastic with fiberglass and part of this fiberglass with nanoparticles, and as a result of that it is obtained a lighter material that maintains or improves their properties.

The development of this material would have many industrial applications, especially in sectors such as automotive to construction machinery.

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August 21, 2009 - Posted by | Nanomaterials | ,

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