Innovation: Increasing The Use Of Recycled Carbon Nanotube (cnt) Compounds For Applications

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RECYTUBE project proposes the reutilization of scraps containing carbon nanotubes (CNT) generated during masterbach, compounding or injection moulding production processes to produce new plastic nanocomposites with commercial value. Based on the previous expertise gained in PolyCond project1, in RECYTUBE it is proposed to reintroduce this waste in the value chain to obtain new polymer nanocomposites with good electrical properties, to be used in the injection moulding of plastic pieces for different applications, depending on the final properties, such as electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding or electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, replacing metal pieces with added benefits such as reduced weight or design flexibility, among others. It will be no necessity of machinery modifications or new investments to adapt this new concept to the existing machines already in production, enabling its easy reproducibility and replication. The consortium is composed of 4 partners representing all the steps of the value chain: AIMPLAS (coordinator, plastic sector expert), NANOCYL (CNT masterbatch producer), COLOREX (CNT compound producer) and FAPERIN (injection moulding using CNT scrap).

PROJECT GOALS:

RECYTUBE project proposes the reutilization of scraps containing carbon nanotubes (CNT) generated during masterbach, compounding or injection moulding production processes to produce new plastic nanocomposites to be used for plastic pieces for different applications, depending on the final properties, such as electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding or electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.
It will be no necessity of machinery modifications or new investments to adapt this new concept to the existing machines already in production, enabling its easy reproducibility and replication.
- Methodology to reuse the CNT-containing scraps in the masterbatch production, compounding and injection moulding conductive plastic parts.
- No need of machinery modifications or new investments to adapt this new concept to the existing machines already in production, enabling its easy reproducibility and replication.
- Important savings in money for plastic processors producing CNT containing products; reduction or elimination of the associated CNT waste management.
- Gas emissions and energy consumption reduction because of the potential reduction of CNT production and transports.
- Apart from the electrical sector, RECYTUBE outcome could be utilized in medical, automotive, construction, communications, aeronautical, sports and other applications to dissipate electrostatic discharge.
The CNT plastic industry will be reinforced, being able to offer more competitive prices for conductive parts from sectors as electric & electronic.

RECYTUBE project proposes the reutilization of scraps containing carbon nanotubes (CNT) generated during masterbach, compounding or injection moulding production processes to produce new plastic nanocomposites with commercial value. Based on the previous expertise gained in PolyCond project1, in RECYTUBE it is proposed to reintroduce this waste in the value chain to obtain new polymer nanocomposites with good electrical properties, to be used in the injection moulding of plastic pieces for different applications, depending on the final properties, such as electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding or electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, replacing metal pieces with added benefits such as reduced weight or design flexibility, among others. It will be no necessity of machinery modifications or new investments to adapt this new concept to the existing machines already in production, enabling its easy reproducibility and replication. The consortium is composed of 4 partners
representing all the steps of the value chain: AIMPLAS (coordinator, plastic sector expert), NANOCYL (CNT masterbatch producer), COLOREX (CNT compound producer) and FAPERIN (injection moulding using CNT scrap).

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Title: Increasing The Use Of Recycled Carbon Nanotube (cnt) Compounds For Applications

Acronym: 
RECYTUBE

Runtime: 
02.07.2010 to 01.01.2013

Status: 
completed project

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ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS - AIMPLAS

(Spain)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Mrs. MORETO BADIA Maria-Jose

Website: http://www.aimplas.es

Phone: +34-+34 961366040

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