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CarPVB or coating with recycled PVB

Centexbel and partners are looking for methods to recycle and reuse r-PVB in interesting new applications!

Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) is mainly used in the production of laminated safety glass. Each year, around 100 000 tonnes of PVB are being produced and processed into windshields. But until now, little or nothing is done with the heaps of PVB from all those broken windshields...

Mat4Rail

Designing the railway of the future: Fire resistant composite materials and smart modular design

mat4rail-logo-1_0.jpgInnovative materials and modular design for rolling stock are considered to become key to success in Europe’s railway industries.

Composite materials with their unique properties, such as lightness or reparability have demonstrated a high potential for lighter, more energy- and cost-efficient structural components in relevant sectors such as aeronautic or automotive industries.

Textile odour management - TOM

The reduction of bad odours on textiles is an important means to improve the wear comfort, product quality and lifetime of textile products, which are difficult to clean on a regular basis.

LIFE-FLAREX

life-flarex_0.png The project, carried out by a consortium of seven members, has the objective to reduce the impact of flame retardants used in the textile industry and their future alternatives, on the environment, human health and on the safety of industry workers by analysing their environmental impact and functionalities. LIFE-FLAREX will promote substitution within the European companies of the sector.
Press release - July 25th, 2017

ECOXY

Fibre reinforced thermoset composites (FRTCs) are attractive materials for high demanding sectors, such as automotive or construction, because of their lightweight and excellent mechanical properties. However, the lack of reprocessability and difficulty for repairing and recycling significantly increases the overall material cost and causes grave environmental concerns. Additionally, the vast majority of polymer matrices and fibres used in their manufacturing are non-renewable fossil-derived materials or require high amounts of energy for their production.

FeneCom

The objective of the FeneCom project is to develop efficient methods to cure composites made from carbon, aramid and basalt and other composites containing non UV-transparent fibres.

MDTex

Fort du succès du projet INTERREG DIMETEX, le nouveau projet se base sur ces résultats en s’adressant à un territoire d’action plus vaste et avec de nouvelles actions. DIMETEX a permis de créer un cluster transfrontalier autour du développement de dispositifs médicaux en textiles.

ECO-DWOR

ECO-DWOR will examine the use of various technologies for textile and leather finishing to replace C8 and other fluorocarbons. The implementation of alternative non-toxic repellents in finishing and low surface tension coatings will be evaluated according to their repellency, stain release and easy-clean behaviour.

KaRMA2020

According to European Commission, 13.1 million tons of poultry meat was produced in the European Union (EU-28) in 2014 with an estimated generation of 3.1 million tons feather waste. At present the majority of poultry feathers are converted into low nutritional value animal food or disposed in landfills, causing environmental and health hazards.

MARKERS

The evolution in product requirements resulted in the development of complex products made from different materials, which makes a homogenous separation difficult and expensive.

FIBFAB

FIBFAB - Industrialization of Biobased Textile Fabrics for Clothing Applications - aims at a successful industrial production of biodegradable and sustainable polylactic acid (PLA) based fabrics (wool/PLA and cotton/PLA) for clothing applications.

WearIT4Health

Le projet a pour but de développer une technologie intégrée portable permettant le monitoring des patients hospitalisés.

L’objectif du projet est la création d’un dispositif de monitoring à multicapteurs portable qui soit confortable pour les patients hospitalisés et compatible avec l’infrastructure informatique des hôpitaux de l’Euregio Meuse-Rhin.

Le dispositif de monitoring qui sera mis au point enregistrera des données médicales et les analysera afin d’aider l’équipe soignante à prendre la décision la plus adéquate pour le patient.

Libre

The use of carbon fiber (CF) based composites is of growing importance in many industrial applications with the current global market estimated at $28Bn. However, the current high cost, limited production capability in Europe and the use of petroleum-based polyacrylonitrile (PAN) as the precursor fiber (PF) from which the CF is ultimately derived, requires the development of innovative routes to industrial production.

Elasto-Plast

Les élastomères thermoplastiques (TPE), dont font partie les polymères à mémoire de forme, sont des matériaux avancés à fort potentiel. Leur utilisation optimale en tant que matière première ou additif dans l’industrie de la transformation nécessite cependant une expertise importante.

RECY-COMPOSITE

Le projet RECY-COMPOSITE a pour objectif de répondre au défi du recyclage des matériaux composites par une approche transfrontalière globale à trois niveaux : recyclage matière, recyclage thermochimique (pyrolyse, solvolyse) et valorisation énergétique uniquement si le recyclage n’est pas possible. La recherche appliquée sera menée sur les déchets de production de composites thermodurs et sur les matériaux composites en fin de vie, thermodurs ou thermoplastiques.

RETEX

L'objectif de RETEX est de structurer la filière textile dans le domaine de l'économie circulaire en intervenant sur:

  1. l'offre des acteurs économiques du secteur textile
  2. la gestion des produits textiles "Fin de vie"
  3. les demandes du marché en termes de produits comportant des matières issues du recyclage.

BIOHARV

Les récupérateurs d'énergie mécaniques (REM) sont des dispositifs de production d'énergie électrique renouvelable adaptée aux batteries de faible ampérage de nombreux appareils électroniques, dont les smartphones.

TEXTOS

L'objectif général du projet TEXTOS est de développer une matrice 3D innovante pour l'ingénierie tissulaire dans le but de reconstruire, régénérer ou remplacer la fonction de tissus ou d'organes déficients. Cette matrice constituera un support de croissance composé de polymères naturels agrosourcés.

COMP2BLADES

La Directive européenne (2009/28/CE) impose 13% d’énergies renouvelables dans le mix énergétique Belge en 2020. A l’horizon 2030, Un nouvel objectif européen vise au moins 27% d’énergie renouvelables dans la consommation énergétique de l’UE.

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Recysite

RECYSITE aims to demonstrate recyclability and reuse of a new generation of high performance fibre-reinforced thermoset composites from renewable resources (bio-waste)

BIOCOMPAL

BIOCOMPAL vise le développement de nouveaux matériaux allégés bio-basés à haute performance et à faible empreinte carbone par une valorisation à très haute valeur ajoutée de la biomasse agricole et forestière interrégionale pour une application structurelle dans le secteur des transports collectifs (aéronautique, ferroviaire etc) dont les industries sont bien implantées dans la zone INTERREG. Les objectifs poursuivis peuvent se résumer ainsi :

URBANREC

The project aims to improve the logistics and treatment of waste, such as furniture, mattresses, upholstery, textiles and plastic garden products by means of innovative and patented separating techniques that will generate a net profit of 225 euro per ton.

LUMINOPTEX

Ces dernières années ont vu un engouement important pour le développement de nouveaux textiles "intelligents" et pour l’intégration de nouvelles fonctionnalités liées à l’énergie. Ces nouveaux textiles sont amenés à jouer un rôle important dans des domaines comme le stockage et/ou la transformation de l'énergie et pour les technologies de l'information et de la communication. L'intérêt du support textile réside principalement dans le fait qu'il est flexible, léger et peut être décliné en un grand nombre d'applications.

PBSTex

The project will screen the application possibilities and preferred processing conditions of polybutylene succinate (a biobased polymer) in textile applications.

DURATEX

Le projet Interreg France-Wallonie-Flandres ’Duratex’ vise à réaliser des textiles anti-salissures et anti-microbiens pour des applications durables dans les domaines de la construction et de l'architecture.

Les méthodologies mises en oeuvre répondront aux exigences de l'industrie textile (coût, vitesse de production, obtention de fonctionnalités complexes), seront écologiques et applicables via les appareillages déjà existants.

Les futures régulations européennes bannissant le recours aux composés fluorocarbonés (plus en particulier le C8) ainsi que l'utilisation de certains biocides problématiques pour l'environnement (régulation 528/2012) tels que les nanoparticules d'argent, seront prises en compte.

FuPLATex

The general objective of FuPLATex is to enable companies of the target group to develop market products made from renewable thermoplastics with a maximum added value. The main attention goes to highly sustainable products with additional functionalities.

BIO4Self

CENTEXBEL, the Belgian research centre for textiles and plastics, and IBA, the global leading supplier of electron beam and X-ray solutions for industrial applications, located in Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, are the Belgian partners in BIO4SELF, the newly approved European Horizon 2020 project. CENTEXBEL and IBA will contribute to the development of novel PLA materials for composites together with their European consortium partners from 10 different countries.

FOCUS

The objective of FOCuS is the development of a new test method for the appearance change of rigid textile floor coverings.

Spun Eco Yarn

The project intends to increase the product range of spun PLA yarns and blend yarns and to improve their properties. Only if high-quality biobased yarns are obtained with properties comparable to non-biobased yarns, an increase of the implementation of biobased spun yarns in a number of applications can be expected.

Accelerate³

L'impression 3D ou l’impression tridimensionnelle sont des termes couramment utilisés pour parler des procédés de fabrication additive, une technologie en pleine croissance. Les différents technologies d’impression 3D, telles que le prototypage rapide par dépôt de fil FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling), DLP - Digital Light Processing (DLP) et le jetting, permettent la fabrication de toutes sortes de produits sans avoir besoin de techniques d’assemblage couteuses et moins durables. Malheureusement, le choix de matériaux sur le marché est trop limité. Une innovation complémentaire des matériaux s'impose, surtout dans le domaine de polymères biosourcés.

La Chaîne Bleue

Dans ce projet, financé par Interreg V Vlaanderen-Nederland et la Province de Flandre Orientale, Centexbel étudie la teinture en bleu de textiles aux colorants naturels extraits de microalgues, dans le but de substituer le colorant synthétique Bleu Brillant (E133).

VALERIE Customer Value to Business Value

How to develop successful new or improved products and services based on the ideas of clients that will create value for the customer and guarantee your business success?

The general goal of the project is to expand the User Centred Design methodology to a User Centred Value & Business Design methodology with only one single standard method and a minimal use of (external) guidance.

Concrete project goals:

SeaRefinery

SeaRefinery will develop eco-friendly chemical and enzymatic processing technologies to extract and purify high value-added components such as antioxidants, antimicrobial components and hydrocolloids from cultivated seaweed species (e.g. Saccharina latissima) in an integrated biorefinery. Bioactive compounds, e.g. phlorotannins, fucoidan, and laminarin, will be selectively tested for bioactivity. In addition, laminarin and marine proteins will be tested in nutraceutical and selected food model systems.

Macobio

Le projet "Macobio : MAtériaux Composite BIOsourcés", fait partie du portefeuille FEDER 2014-2020 « Low Carbon Footprint Materials » et est orienté vers le développement de matériaux composites biosourcés à résines thermoplastique et thermodurcissables. La recherche s’attardera sur les points critiques liés à l’utilisation de produits biosourcés : la gestion thermique, la réologie, les interfaces fibres-matrices et les assemblages.

CELFI

Celfi promotes and supports the development, production, application and recycling of WPC by means of TECHNOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY about raw materials and auxiliaries, standards, test methods, application and assembling techniques related to WPC, about various application fields, including construction, furniture, decoration, transport, packaging and toys, and about recycling techniques and materials.

Construction verte

'L’infrastructure verte aidera à relier les espaces naturels existants et améliorera la qualité écologique de la nature environnante. L’infrastructure verte permettra également aux écosystèmes de rester sains et de continuer à fournir de l’eau et de l’air propres, une fonction dont nous avons tous besoin.
Investir dans l’infrastructure verte présente des intérêts économiques: en effet, entretenir le rôle de la nature, comme par exemple celui d’atténuer les effets du changement climatique, coûte bien moins cher que de devoir remplacer ces services perdus par des technologies humaines.

Source: European fact sheet on green infrastrurcture

Free Foaming

To give a competitive and ecologically valid answer to the increasing demand of foam polymer products (strong demand of insulation materials, lighter plastics, etc.), it is necessary to reconsider the foaming technology and the chemical agents that are being used.

PLAsticised

The main goal of the PLAsticised project is to develop optimised plasticiser-PLA formulations for both existing PLA extrusion applications and newly to be developed applications in coating, printing and hotmelt technology.

Plasmatex

L’industrie et le secteur des soins de santé ont un besoin pressant de pouvoir disposer d’une toute nouvelle génération de matériaux médicaux textiles et plastiques, dont notamment des matériaux innovants présentant des propriétés antimicrobiennes contrôlables. Toutefois, la production de ce type de matériaux est particulièrement exigeante. C’est pourquoi, Centexbel a lancé un projet européen M-era SBO sous la dénomination PlasmaTex en collaboration avec plusieurs partenaires issus du monde académique, de la recherche appliquée et de l’industrie.

PATECS

Patecs is a CORNET-IWT project aimed at promoting adhesion in textile composite structures.

CareWare

Smart wearable sport and health solutions

ITEA Project 13034

FRoptiPLAST

Brandgevaar ontstaat wanneer de geschikte omstandigheden aanwezig zijn: brandbaar materiaal, zuurstof en ontstekingsbron. Kunststoffen ontbranden gemakkelijk, bereiken hoge temperaturen tijdens de verbranding en ze geven toxische gassen vrij.

AFFITEX: anti-fouling films on textiles

Fouling is the accumulation of unwanted material on surfaces. The fouling material can consist of either living organisms (biofouling) or a non-living substance (inorganic or organic).

System4Green

Because of the growing concern about the availability and sustainability of raw materials for various manufacturing processes, research & Development of raw materials and energy sources based on renewable resources have become a priority in Europe.

FDM4TP

Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as “3D-printing” is one of the most important technological evolutions of this moment. Additive Manufacturing includes a whole series of techniques to build up an object layer by layer. Different techniques, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modelling and electron beam melting... allow to 3D print a varied choice of materials (from metals, plastics, ceramics, paper, food to even concrete).

MoTex: monitoring textiles

Sports or physical exercises are known to have a positive effect on chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and osteoarthritis. In the prevention and rehabilitation of these chronic diseases it is important that the patient regularly and correctly performs specific exercises, as prescribed by a therapist. Therefore, it is important that the therapist knows whether the patient performs the exercises at home (adherence), and in which way he performs them (quality).

Plast-i-Com

One of the biggest challenges of the industry is to produce in a sustainable way. As a consequence, the reduction, re-use, and upgrade of waste is becoming increasingly important. Moreover, the rising prices of raw materials are pushing the industry to economize on raw materials and energy.

I-TEX

I-TEX richt zich hoofdzakelijk tot B2B textielbedrijven in Vlaanderen die de ambitie hebben om via e-commerce hun business model te transformeren. De transformatie gaat van een model waar producten worden verkocht via tussenschakels naar een business model waar de producten niet enkel via distributeurs, maar ook via e-commerce aan de eindklant worden verkocht.

Blends4Innovation

The aim of the project “Blends 4 Innovation” is to broaden the research on intimate polymer blends in textiles and to demonstrate the value of polymer blends in the textile and composite markets. To this end, the use of polymer blends will be diversified to a larger range of polymer combinations and composition ratios.

InnoQuality

InnoQuality will support interior textiles companies by means of an Inno-Guide. The aim of the Inno-Guide is to optimise the innovation flow within the interior textiles companies.

Flemish interior textiles companies find it hard to survive in a very competitive market. These companies must innovate more rapidly and effectively.
Although the companies do not lack ideas, the problem is to select the right ideas that have to be developed into products.

SET: Save Energy in Textile SMEs

SET_final_report_cover.png The SET project has delivered its results in 12 languages. The SET scheme is based on a new software for companies to monitor their energy consumption, learn best practices, and benchmark their own energy performance with their competitors or similar companies.

PU4HQ

Polyurethane (PU) textile coatings are very versatile and used in various applications with high demanding requirements. For some applications, PU is the only appropriate coating material, thanks to the following properties:

  • ability to be used in dry-cleaning
  • low temperature flexibility
  • high mechanical properties (tensile and tear strength)
  • outstanding abrasion resistance
  • flexibility and softness

BIO-EOL

The interest in biopolymers is growing fast. Biopolymers such as TPS (thermoplastic starch), PLA, PHB find more and more industrial applications. While starch based products are most often used in packaging applications, the biopolyester are more often applied in higher value and more durable applications such as for instance technical textiles, or combined with natural fibres in biobased composites. Such types of applications are amongst others investigated in previous or running CORNET projects such as NATUREWINS and Biobased Self Reinforced composites (BIO-SRPC).

ResCoTex

Textiles are fulfilling relevant functions in different fields of application. High strength textiles in form of ropes, belts, nets, etc. are used in specific applications for securing objects or people. Examples are securing of cargo ladders, people on construction sites, heavy weight lifting belts and nets, and other applications like mountaineering ropes and parachute strings.

POWER

The dyeing of polyester textile materials, used commonly in automotive, with disperse dyes presents a number of practical problems to the textile industry. These problems are principally associated with unevenness, lack of reproducibility, and bare effects, essentially coming from the structural non-uniformities of the polyester yarns. During numerous manufacturing and processing steps prior to dyeing, this material is subjected to various thermo-mechanical treatments which may give rise to variations and non uniformities in structure.

BabyCareSleep

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the highest cause of death in the post‐neonatal period (between the 2nd and 6th month of life). In Europe, each year 2400 infants still die of SIDS, an unexpected disease happening to infants who die in their sleep with no evidence of accidental asphysia, inflicted injury or organic disease; being a multifactorial syndrome mainly related to overheating, prolonged apnea, gastroesophageal reflux or inadequate bedding system and posture.

SustAffor

Planting trees in a more sustainable and efficient manner

Without adequate maintenance, a large part of newly planted or seeded trees will die. This maintenance is expensive and still makes use of unsustainable techniques such as herbicides, fossil fuels or petroleum-based products, and large volumes of water.

Multitexco

In the last decade, advanced textiles materials have been developed as a result of a number of research and innovation projects addressing in particular the construction sector, which represent one of the biggest markets for textile products.

SmartPro

Major trade fairs are showing an increasing number and variety of smart textile and wearable intelligence prototypes for all kinds of applications that will eventually alter our lives.

Eco-texnano

The objective of the project is to demonstrate and to improve the environmental performance of best innovative solutions that are emerging with regard to technical textiles that incorporates nanoparticles in textile finishing industries. Environmental, health and safety impacts will be assessed into its manufacturing operations, and the integration of green technologies will be highly encouraged. The term “green technologies” is defined as “manufacturing processes or product technologies that reduce pollution or waste, energy use and material use in comparison to the technologies that they replace”. The project will be focused on environmental sustainability, notably eco-design of textile finishing processes that incorporate nanoparticles for technical applications in textiles, as for example the biocide, sunscreen, fire-retardants/fireproof, abrasion -resistant, dirt-repellent, self-cleaning, antistatic or hydrophobic and oleophobic finish.

ALL4RESTgo2MARKET

Validation and commercialisation of improved solutions for rest systems from ALL4REST Project

The integrated solutions developed during the previous ALL4REST project (tactile/thermal comfort improvement, quantitative and qualitative evaluation of comfort or sleep quality) were based on new biofibres, the integration of thermoregulating systems, and on the use of new hotmelt adhesives, heatable textiles and microencapsulated scents for aromatherapy.

POLEOT

Electroluminescent light bulbs (EL) and organic led (OLED) are efficient, thin and eco-friendly light sources. The existing systems are usually based on hard glass sheets. Flexible lamps on thin metal of plastic foils are being investigated. However, they only allow a bent shape or show a poor mechanical strength.

LED-Cure

In times of rapidly increasing energy prices and growing eco-consciousness, textile finishing looks for modern, eco-friendly, energy and cost effective application and curing systems. To date, the textile industry still uses energy-consuming techniques for water and solvent removal and as well as for curing after (wet) chemical treatments.

Bio-SRPC

The interest in biopolymers is growing fast. Especially PLA finds interesting industrial applications, more and more in durable end products like technical textiles and not only in disposables. Previous research has shown that PLA fibres can be made to have very good mechanical properties, including high tenacity and a much higher elongation than neat PLA. The fact that there are multiple PLA grades with a range of melting points opens up the possibility of developing self-reinforced PLA composites, a domain which has previously not been explored.

Additive Manufacturing

Future key-technology to upgrade textiles and plastics processing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a term defining the production of tangible objects by means of digital tools. This approach, often called 3D-printing, differs in a radical manner from conventional production methods in that it produces the objects by the selective layering of materials instead of by machining or casting methods.

ProCOM

In samenwerking met Centexbel startte het Textiel onderzoeklabo TO2C van de vakgroep Mode-, textiel- en houttechnologie van de Hogeschool Gent op 1 februari 2013 het IWT TETRA-project ProCOM op. Zowel in de normalisatiecommissies, tijdens de productontwikkeling als bij de aankoop van werkkleding wordt te weinig aandacht besteed aan de comforteisen van de eindgebruiker. Ook het wassen/onderhoud heeft een grote invloed op zowel de kwaliteit als het comfort van werk- en beschermende kleding.

Bio-based antimicrobial coatings and finishes for textiles

The aim of Bio-AmiCoFitex is to develop bio-based antibacterial and antifungal textile finishes and coatings complying with the criteria of the new biocide regulation. Because the rules and procedures to introduce biocidal products on the market will become much stricter, the textile industry has to look for non-hazardous alternative biocides. Biocides are used to prevent the growth of microorganisms.

H/OPLA-3D

Hydrophobic/Oleophobic functionalisation via PLAsma polymerisation coating of 2D and 3D textile materials

Project goal:

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Within H/OPLA, we will use plasma coating for hydrophobic and oleophobic coating of high added value textiles.
The novel approach will be research and developed for two types of products:

FR : Determination of Fire retardants in Textiles

Standards on fire retardancy and flammability are becoming increasingly severe because of the high number of lethal casualties due to fire. It is therefore of vital importance to add flame retardant products to textiles.

E-TEX

Textile products with electric functionalities are being marketed as “smart textiles”. The European standardisation organism, CEN, has installed a workgroup TC248/WG31 where experts discuss the standardisation proposals related to ‘smart textiles’. At this very moment, a new work task is examining and developing the standardisation of conductive textiles.

Smart@Fire

Integrated ICT Solutions for Smart Personal Protective Equipment for Fire Fighters and First Responders

Pre-commercial procurement

Fibriltex

The main goal of the project is to develop filaments and yarns with improved mechanical properties by introducing thermoplastic microfibrillar reinforcements. These structures can be obtained by melt-processing technologies of specialty polymer blends.

SUSTA-SMART

Several European FP6/FP7 smart textiles projects resulted in a variety of high market potential developments. Representative NMP projects are SAFE@SEA–advanced personal protective clothing; POLYTECT–smart textile materials for reinforcing and monitoring infrastructure and DEPHOTEX–flexible photovoltaic textiles.

ZEETEX

La Flandre, le Nord-Pas de Calais et la Somme disposent d’une industrie maritime assez vaste, avec une envergure mondiale. Afin d’augmenter la compétitivité dans une économie de plus en plus globalisée, cette industrie est à la recherche de possibilités pour mettre en marche des synergies avec d’autres secteurs industriels. Ceci est un des objectifs des clusters FMC (Flandre) et AQUIMER (France).

Le cercle bleu

La réutilisation durable des eaux et la valorisation des flux résiduaires

En raison de la pénurie des sources d’eaux et de la durabilité, de plus en plus d’entreprises réutilisent les eaux usées. Pourtant, les techniques de traitement d’eaux actuelles ne permettent qu’une récupération partielle des eaux. De plus elles créent des flux de déchets concentrés avec des problèmes de permis d’évacuation qui en résultent. Surtout le manque d’une technique appropriée pour traiter ces flux de concentrât empêche souvent une implémentation poussée de la réutilisation des eaux.

Textile Dyeing in Ionic Liquids

Lately, the scientific as well as practical (application-oriented) interest in the so-called ionic liquids (IL) has been growing. IL represent an important class of materials, called “Green Solvents”. In general, IL are to be understood as ionic substances, that are already fluid from room temperature up to 120°C and that are often thermo-stable far beyond 200°C. IL excel by their extremely low vapour pressure, which makes them easy to handle in contrast to organic solvents.

DURBIO

Bioplastiques durables

Applications de bioplastiques dans les processus d'extrusion pour des produits finis durables

Pour que la transition de polymères à base pétrolière aux biopolymères soit couronnée de succès, les propriétés (mécaniques) des derniers doivent être à l'hauteur de celles des polymères synthétiques, et la stabilité des produits finis doit pouvoir être garantie à plus long terme.

PowerWeave

The PowerWeave project will develop a fabric to harvest and store electrical energy within its fibrous matrix, to fulfil a need for an easily deformable, storable and transportable power supply.This will be achieved through the development of PV fibres and energy storage fibres integrated with control electronics into a textile.

FR4TEX

Le textile anti-feu en 2015: réconcilier la législation, l’écologie et l’économie

Les normes relatives au comportement au feu et à l’inflammabilité des matériaux sont de plus en plus sévère en vue des nombreuses victimes et des dommages importants attribuables à l'incendie. L’ajout de retardateurs de flamme aux textiles est dès lors essentiel. Pourtant l’usage de ces produits est strictement limité par les régulations européennes (REACH, CLP) et les exigences dans le cadre de l’éco-étiquetage (European Ecolabel, Oeko-Tex® 100…).
Il est logique que le secteur textile demande d’urgence le développement de produits et de traitements alternatifs répondant à toutes les exigences à la fois.

S(P)EEDKITS

Rapid deployable kits as seeds for self-recovery

Most humanitarian organisations use stand-by emergency response units (ERU), to meet the immediate needs of people hit by disaster. Each ERU has a specific function, e.g. medical care, sanitation, energy provision, or water supply. S(P)EEDKITS aims at speeding up the emergency response and at providing the seeds for future development.

OXO-Tex

Development of a controlled degradation of synthetic or biopolymer textiles for special applications

The degradation of textile materials in carbon dioxide is an interesting route to resolve the end-of-life issues of a number of applications. In the case of agro- or geotextiles it is not always feasible to recover or remove the products in a quantative manner. For these applications natural fibres can be used, although their processing into specific structures is not so easy. Another alternative is the use of biopolymers but these materials do not always have the appropriate (bio)degradation profile either.

BARTEX: Barrier Properties

This project aims at the characterisation of barrier textiles in view of their classification, for a better and easier product selection by their users.

EnCoMed - Collagens for Medical Applications

Enzymatic functionalisation of collagens for medical applications

The aim of this precompetitive project is to develop new methods for the enzymatic functionalizing of native collagen structures and to use these structures as scaffolds in tissue engineering and drug delivery systems.

Pomelad

Development of improved PolyOlefin MELt ADhesion fibres and yarns and their implementation in textile applications

The control of the melting and weakening trajectory and the adhesion of polyolefin fibres is becoming more and more important for many textile applications. Examples can be found in composites, where the polyolefin fibres are compressed to a composite structure. In new type of composites, the matrix and the strengthening fibres are made from the same family of materials. The combinations of many polyolefin materials lead to various possibilities for different types of composites.

Phthalates in textiles

Development of test methods to determine phthalates in textiles

The coating of flexible PVC’s is an important industrial activity in the Belgian production of floor coverings, cables, tarpaulins, (car) seats, dashboards, sun visors, clothing and tapes. PVC owes its economic importance to its durability (very high stability), the relatively low costs and large production runs.

Green Nanomesh

Hernia operations are among the most common surgical procedures performed today with over 20 million cases annually worldwide. Hernia incidents are associated with pain and poor quality-of-life for the patient and lead to enormous healthcare costs, exceeding US $48 billion in the US annually.

SmartNets

With the SmartNets project, Centexbel wants to study SME networking for the development of new products. We work together with the Belgian partners LAMPE TEXTILES and DEVAN CHEMICALS and several other European partners.
SmartNets is a European FP7 project.

Nature Wins

Research for the development of fully renewable thermoplastic bio-composites

Europe has set forward a new goal: the development of composites based on (nearly) 100% renewable products. This implies that both the fibre reinforcement and the matrix fraction (thermoset or thermoplastic) have to be bio-based.

ALL4REST

Integrated solutions for an improved sleep quality

ALL4REST, is focused on the development of comfort‐improved sleep systems, using non‐obtrusive technologies promoting a deeper and better recovering sleep and preventing nocturnal awakenings. The successful solutions will reduce the number of awakenings and/or the time to fall sleep after an awakening and reduce sleep onset latency (the length of time that it takes to accomplish the transition from full wakefulness to sleep).

Bio-based Flexible Materials

Recherche de l'application des biopolymères dans le textile et les emballages

Au cours des dernières années, les biopolymères sont devenus un thème actuel qui gagnent aussi en importance au sein du secteur textile européen. C'est la raison pour laquelle, Euratex les a inscrits à "l'agenda stratégique de la recherche textile".

Place-IT

PLACEit_logo-new_201006_small.pngImagine a lamp that is not fixed to the ceiling, but that can be designed into any shape, or even blend into the surroundings. This would give a tremendous design freedom. Think of curtains that emit light to mimic the natural, daytime situation, children with illuminating jackets to safely bike home from school, or even bandages that shine light on the body to treat skin diseases or for infrared massage.

Hybritex: Enductions hybrides éco-efficaces

L'avènement de la globalisation a poussé les industries textiles européennes à implémenter de nouvelles technologies afin de maintenir la rentabilité du secteur. Parmi ces développements, nous pouvons noter l'application de fines couches d'apprêt de silane sur les textiles, un développement qui a été introduit au cours de la dernière décennie. Les propriétés extraordinaires de ces apprêts (fonctionnalisés) comportent entre autres une résistance à l'abrasion élevée et l'omniphobicité.

Bacteriosafe

The aim of the Bacteriosafe consortium is to construct, test and develop a unique active wound dressing, which incorporates novel colourimetric sensor and active therapeutic processes for detecting and counteracting pathogenic bacteria in wounds.

Nanotubes de carbone II

D’une part, l’objectif de la recherche est de développer la connaissance afin d’appliquer les propriétés exceptionnelles des CNT de manière optimisée. D’autre part, il y le besoin croissant de textiles faciles à traiter avec une conductivité élevée et durable.
Les applications envisagées dans le cadre du projet se situent surtout dans le domaine de la conductivité. Le niveau de conductivité dépend de la méthode d’application (extrusion, enduction, ennoblissement) et du produit final.

Ovart: assembly of artificial ovary

Assembly of an artificial ovary combining isolated human ovarian follicles, fibrin and a textile pocket

The objective of this project is the development of a 3D biodegradable matrix allowing the graft of autologous ovarian tissue or isolated follicles in patients with impaired fertility following a gonadotoxic treatment. This biofunctional fibrin-based matrix will limit the follicular loss due to post-transplant ischemic stress and will help to induce the formation of an extracellular ovarian-like matrix by promoting cell migration, cell proliferation and vascularization.

FAFEX ennoblissement "en ligne" de la fibre lors de l'extrusion

L’objectif du projet FAFEX est l’intégration de l’ennoblissement dans une phase antérieure de la production, et plus en particulier lors de la production du filament, en appliquant une solution aqueuse à la surface du filament lors du filage à fusion.

CleanCloth: Antibacterial Cloth Based on Microfibre

In the CleanCloth project, we propose to develop a superior cleaning cloth with constant and continuous antibacterial effect, ensuring that no bacteria is left in the cloth and making bacterial re-growth impossible, without need for special and time-consuming hygiene procedures. This will be accomplished by a unique technology with antibacterial agent integrated into the microfiber of the cloth. The advances in this technology will allow significant reduction of cross-contamination and bacterial regrowth. Infectious diseases arising in the home setting are a significant concern.

Safe@Sea

The main objective of Safe@Sea is to develop a new generation of advanced personal protective clothing for the fishing industry that will lead to a significant increase in safety without reducing work performance.

Cilab: composite innovation laboratory

CILAB (Composite Innovation LABoratory) is a 4 years project dedicated to innovation in the field of composite materials and structures including research, development and improvement of manufacturing processes (eg. liquid resin infusion, vacuum assisted processes, hybrid composites - continuous fibres and short fibres - with thermoplastic matrices, braided structures, ...), materials (eg. bio-composites), non destructive inspection techniques (eg.

Résistance à la pénétration bactérienne des textiles médicaux

Pour que le marché puisse se développer, il faut disposer d’une normalisation satisfaisante (donc reproductible) pour l’ensemble des textiles médicaux, et notamment pour les textiles utilisés en salle d’opération soumis à une réglementation européenne. Les textiles de salle d’opération sont considérés comme des dispositifs médicaux et doivent répondre à certaines exigences (EN 13795) pour le marquage CE.

Thermoplastiques renforcés de fibres

Les thermoplastiques renforcés de fibres (ou matériaux composites) sont appliquées mondialement dans un nombre croissant de produits.

Novel Temperature Regulating Fibres and Garments

NoTeReFiGa aims at developing novel temperature regulating fibres and innovative textile products for thermal management, selected by the SME segment of the European textile industry. The temperature regulating effect will be realised by incorporating large amounts of phase changing materials (PCM) into textile fibres.

WOODY

Currently the world of polymeric composite materials is exclusively based on fossil derived components. This fact represents a strong issue, as the non-renewable global oil resources are being exploited year after year, also as a consequence of the ever growing demand for plastics engineering materials. As a concrete answer to the increasing volumes of building and construction materials processed and transformed by industry in almost all sectors, renewable resources need to be exploited in order to reduce the depletion of oil reservoirs, and the associated ecological issues deriving, provided they can grant quality standards comparable with the currently available materials.

Dimetex: DIspositifs MEdicaux TEXtiles

DIMETEX s’inscrit dans un programme de coopération transfrontalière sur le textile Interreg IV et regroupe des acteurs de la partie Wallonne de la Belgique et des régions Nord Pas de Calais Picardie en France.

Le segment médical est l’un des principaux segments à atouts et forts attraits pour les producteurs de textiles techniques. Trois filières y ont été identifiées comme pouvant représenter des opportunités importantes de développement pour les PME de la région.

Monsotex: Monitoring du sommeil à l'aide de textiles intelligents

Les problèmes du sommeil concernent 3 à 4% de la population, certains pouvant avoir des conséquences graves pour la santé.

L’objectif du projet MONSOTEX est la mise au point d’un système de (télé-)monitoring du sommeil basé sur l’utilisation d’un textile intelligent intégrant divers types de capteurs physiologiques (électrocardiogramme, respiration, température…).

MEDIATIC: Textiles aux différents capteurs intégrés

Textiles aux différents capteurs intégrés pour l'évaluation du confort, le suivi à distance et l'hospitalisation à domicile

Envimedia

Envimedia/ Platform for health and environment

envimedia.jpgOpen platform integrating lasers, sensors, technological components and systems for the detection, measurement and recognition for air quality monitoring, noise pollution monitoring, healthcare monitoring of the elderly at home, imaging and medical care.

CO2-Flex: Structure composite thermoplastique creuse

Structure composite thermoplastique creuse à préforme flexible de géométrie complexe