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Textile Materials Bearing Smart Functionalities

A new polymeric material (master batch) bearing smart functionalities,whose feasibility was already demonstrated (TRL=4),should be brought at a higher level of development (TRL=7),by increasing mecahnical properties of the multifilaments fibers and by weaving instead of knitting.

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28 Mar 2016


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Project description

The concept of the proposed project is based on the development of lightweight and flexible smart protective clothing designated for daily use by high risk personnel. Our laboratory has the expertise of developing new polymeric materials bearing smart functionalities like protective characteristics to be used by athletes, doctors, etc., or soldiers, firemen, policemen, etc., depending on the additive (anti-microbial, carbon nanotubes, ...) the bulk polymer matrix will be filled up. We already have developed master batches, where the polymer matrix was filled up with functionalized CNTs.These master batches were converted in monofilament fibers that were knitted, giving promising results. Although, according to literature when these products are being weaved instead of knitting they may yield to a product with higher resisatnce properties (bullet proof, anti-stab etc). Finally, from the ballistic and anti-stab tests that we performed we concluded that multifilaments fibers would give better results conerning mechanical properties (tensile strength, modulus etc).

Hence, we are looking for a company that could span relevant polyesteric or/and polyolefinic master batches converting them to textile multi-filaments yarns (not monofilaments) able to be weaved. In this context, we are looking for a partner able to develop pre-oriented or fully-drawn synthetic (polyesteric or/and polyolefinic) multifilament yarns

Project abstract

A new polymeric material (master batch) bearing smart functionalities,whose feasibility was already demonstrated (TRL=4),should be brought at a higher level of development (TRL=7),by increasing mecahnical properties of the multifilaments fibers and by weaving instead of knitting.

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1. Coordinator: An Greek SME, settled in Western Union Greece (South-west Greece, a Region associated to INCOMERA program). The SME is specialized in weaving cotton yards as well as polyesteric ones.

2. Institute of Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Applied Molecular Spectroscopy. We have already produced master batches, where the polymer matrix was filled up with functionalized CNTs.These master batches were converted in monofilament fibers that were knitted, giving promising results. We believe that the incorporation of carbon nanotubes (and possibly graphene) in PET and/or PE or polyolefin in general, the production of multi filaments and their subsequent weaving may yield to a product with prospects.

3. We are looking for a company that could span relevant polyesteric or/and polyolefinic master batches converting them to textile multi-filaments yarns (not monofilaments) able to be weaved.

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