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New Products and Materials
(41 projects)

  'Clever' bricks build smart buildings
  A new 'clever' brick provides a more efficient, resistant and safe alternative to reinforced concrete in the construction of buildings subject to seismic events.
   
  A concrete step towards reinforcement
  European fibre-reinforced plastics manufacturers are now competing with the Japanese and Americans in concrete reinforcement.
   
  A new process for applying wood veneer to curved moulding profiles
  An innovative process uses new machinery, special flexibility-imbuing resin and hot-melt glue to wrap moulding profiles with wood veneer without the need for backing fleeces or sanding.
   
  A new range of diamond and silicon carbide sensors
  Advanced sensors, including thermistors, pressure transducers, flow sensors and optical detectors, were produced using a new plasma-assisted chemical vapour deposition technology.
   
  A new range of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer microactuators
  New microactuators are composed of very thin ceramic layers allowing them to operate at low voltages (10 volts), at increased speeds and on the same circuits as other devices.
   
  A new safe and effective solvent-free adhesive primer
  This project is one of the first in the world to deliver a safe and effective water-based primer, opening doors to both major new customers and important commercial links.
   
  Advanced organic capacitors for surface-mount applications
  New techniques using PEDT organic materials allow the manufacture of low-cost surface-mount capacitors for environmentally-friendly circuitry, plating and coating applications.
   
  Advanced wear-resistant ceramics in sliding machine components
  Self-lubricating sintered silicon carbide (SSiC) with optimised porosity and infiltration can now be used in friction-resistant seals, faces, bearings and couplings in industrial machines.
   
  Assessing raw materials for the pressure casting and fast firing of sanitaryware ceramics
  The performance requirements of clays and kaolin, casting slips and filtering support were tested to establish the material characteristics best-suited to pressure casting and fast firing.
   
  Automated induction hardening of machine parts
  A safer and more environmentally-friendly, multi-frequency induction hardening system and new low-cost steel are well-suited to automotive and aerospace applications.
   
  Better and faster quality assessment and control of fine minerals
  Improved quality and production methods, including delamination and grinding, for controlling particle characteristics like size and shape mean improved quality and reduced costs.
   
  Biodegradable concrete repair and rehabilitation system provides safer alternative
  A new high-strength biodegradable concrete repair system eliminates exposure to hazardous solvents and improves corrosion protection.
   
  Ceramic particles reinforce copper matrix composites
  Project partners have developed a new copper matrix composite with less thermal expansion and more resitance to friction and lower machining requirements.
   
  Ceramic powders for the production of high-power resistors
  Varistors which can absorb two to three times more energy than conventional components have been developed using doped ceramic powders.
   
  Coated composites take the heat out of space travel
  New thermal-protected ceramics can be used in spacecraft nose cones, turbine exhaust systems and semiconductor coatings, boosting Europe's market share versus the US and Japan.
   
  Concrete improvements for complex tunnel designs
  New techniques and materials make sprayed concrete a cheaper, safer and more efficient method of lining tunnels, increasing usable space and reducing environmental disruption.
   
  Electron beam curing of composites for the transportation industry
  Electron beam curing has been demonstrated in non-military, surface transportation applications, allowing cost reductions and increased quality compared to heat curing.
   
  Exploiting ultra-pure quartz deposits in Northern Greece
  This project identified quartz deposits in Northern Greece and produced high-purity silicon metal and ferrosilicon for high-tech applications through plasma smelting.
   
  High-precision bearings deliver winning performance
  The deposition market is dominated by Japan and the US. A new European system for ultra-hard coating improves ball bearing and spindle performance in grinding machines.
   
  Improved micromechanical gas sensors and fluid metering devices
  New micromechanical gas sensors and fluid metering devices are energy-saving, operating at low voltage and are also simpler to fabricate, resulting in material savings.
   
  Improved perlite for gypsum-based building materials
  Using advanced computer models, improved expanded hydrophobised perlite is a more stable binder, a better insulator and has a controllable size distribution and density.
   
  Improved plasma sprayed thermal barrier coats for relevant combustor geometries
  Improvements in the efficiency of plasma spraying operations give thick ceramic TBCs for gas turbine combustors with better thermal shock resistance and longer life at up to 1,300 degrees.
   
  Improved profile for fibreboard
  Faster, more efficient fibreboard production gives a greater thickness range and higher-quality, easier-to-mould material to replace thermoplastics in automotive and other applications.
   
  Improving quality standards for rubber-soled footwear
  Improved operating standards, quality criteria and production methodology for thermoplastic rubber (TR) soles mean increased competitiveness for European footwear manufacturers.
   
  Inexpensive low-consumption LCD technology
  A low-energy, inexpensive surface-bistable nematic display uses passive matrix-like technology to produce high-speed, active matrix-like performance to rival the dominant Japanese.
   
  Intelligent manufacturing of polymers
  A new hardware and software system combines mathematical modelling, integrated sensors and production control strategies for optimised tailor-made polymer production.
   
  Inter-metallic quasi-crystal coating from frying pans to aerospace applications
  Cristome, a high-thermal isolating and low-friction coating replaces Teflon as a polymeric substrate in pans. Other applications are envisaged in the automotive and aerospace sectors.
   
  Life-saving drugs right on target
  Biodegradable polymeric matrices target hepatocyte receptors for protein drug release. Human leucocyte alpha interferon and similar substances could be delivered in smaller doses.
   
  Magnetics offer attractive way to reduce and control heavy loads vibration
  A high-energy actuator has the potential to reduce vibration and material fatigue in heavy machinery. Applied elsewhere, it can also increase personal comfort.
   
  Move in the right direction for ceramic hip implants
  New yttria-coated zirconia powders for ceramics have superior strength, toughness, purity and corrosion-resistance than market-dominating Japanese materials.
   
  New advanced materials in non-freon heat exchangers
  New molybdenum-containing heat exchangers can replace ozone-depleting freon-based systems and are especially well-adapted to corrosive environments.
   
  New and better lubricants for warm steel forging
  Mineral oil-free die lubricants increase tool life, reduce pollution and waste disposal costs and make for more pleasant working conditions in the warm steel forging industry.
   
  New chemically inert precision lubricants and advanced bearing systems
  Increased lifetime and efficiency was achieved through the optimal combination of adapted bearing designs, the best plastic materials and special application-adapted lubricants.
   
  New European sources for lithium-ion liquid electrolyte batteries
  New European technology provides cost-effective production of positive active materials and liquid electrolytes for lightweight, long-life, environmentally sound lithium-carbon batteries.
   
  New materials and methods for fire-resistant composites production
  New phenolic and acrylic resins and new resin transfer moulding machines and methodology will mean safer buses, trains, boats and planes and a cleaner environment.
   
  New materials for harder, more wear-resistant ceramic tiles
  New gahnite-based frits for obtaining smooth glass-ceramic glazes with improved abrasion resistance and durability mean increased competitivity for European tile producers.
   
  New technique for advanced optical fibre production
  The gas-film levitation (GFL) technique was used to produce a high-quality halide glass for ultra-low-loss optical fibres called ZBLAN. Europe is now a world leader in optical glass.
   
  Optimisation of wooden pallet drying and qualification of moisture content
  Improved and more economical methods for pallet drying which can be integrated within pallet production or used at pallet delivery, and a new drying process insure conformity.
   
  Replacing PVC in electrical cable sheaths
  New polymer and mineral filler mixes mean improved fire safety at lower costs for cable sheaths. The European cable market gets an environmentally-friendly boost.
   
  Seal of approval for safer adhesives
  New, safer, more environmentally-friendly adhesives, including non-flammable, water-borne and metal-to-metal varieties have boosted Europe's market position.
   
  Spotlight moves to optoelectronics
  New materials and methods allow casting and shrinking of sol-gel, producing complex, ultra-pure, glass microstructures for telecommunications, sensing and automotive applications.
   
  Textiles in architectural design
  An integrated three-dimensional simulation system for architectural membrane materials under tensile stress means low-cost conception, design, force and cost analysis and presentation.
   
  Tile manufacturing sector benefits from new advanced glazing technologies
  Advanced tile glazing technologies requires less water and will likely improve the efficiency of manufacturing procedures.
   
  Polymer-based LED displays lead the way
  A low-energy, high-performance and inexpensive polymer LED may be the first in a new generation of ultra-thin, light-weight, flat and flexible displays with excellent visibility.
   
   
 

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