Why?

Bioplastics, and more precisely, biobased and biodegradable plastics, are special materials due to its physical and chemical particularities, storage, handling and processing behaviour, evidencing their diversity between them and convential plastics.

Do you have the knowledge and skills to manage it?

THE PROJECT

BIOPLASTICTRAIN project will develop innovative e-learning training contents for plastic transformation technicians on the use of bioplastic and biopolymers. These training contents will be newly produced products based on the results of recently closed European research and development funded project results and lessons learnt. The project plan will include a very intensive dissemination and exploitation strategy.

THE CONTENTS

Definition and Characteritics

1 Chemical structure, and physical properties
2 Mechanical properties and methods to evaluate them
3 Plasticizers, nucleating agents and other additives
4 Polymers blends, composites and nano-composites
5 Biodegradability, composting and sustainability of bioplastic

Extrusion Compounding

1 Extrusion compounding general concepts
2 Formulations and screw configuration
3 processing conditions and equipment set up
4 typical problems that can arise when working with biopolymers

Blow Moulding

1 General concepts and main technologies (Blow extrusion moulding and blow injection moulding)
2 Formulations and material properties desired for blow moulding technologies
3 Processing conditions and equipment set up for different bioplastics
4 Typical problems of the blow moulding process and how to solve them

Injection Moulding

1 General Concepts and Applicative Process Technologies
2 Mould & Part Design: Fundamentals for Bioplastic Processing
3 Process Validation: DOEs with Simulation Moldflow® Insight’s
4 Moulding Defects: Troubleshooting & Solutions

Biocoating

1 Sol-Gel process for lacquer synthesis
2 Hybrid polymer coating: chemical structure, properties and synthesis
3 Characterization of hybrid polymer lacquers and coatings + biodegradability + description of the evaluation methods
4 Modification of hybrid polymers e.g. by the addition of fillers and nano-additives and/ or special precursors
5 Development and application of biocoatings

THE TEAM

Project team gathers highly qualified professionals from different companies and research entities

Aitiip Centro Tecnológico

Blow extrusion moulding

Aitiip is a private research centre specialised in the plastic value chain and working on bioplastic since 2007. Aitiip works for the aeronautic, automotive, industrial and packaging sector, offering also training opportunities for active workers and students.

University of Pisa

Definitions & characteristics

The University of Pisa is an Italian public research university located in Pisa, Italy. It was founded in 1343 by an edict of Pope Clement VI.

Tecnopackaging

Extrusion Compounding

Tecnopackaging is a technology-based company specialised in the production of advanced nanocomposites, blends and biobased materials.

TECOS

Injection moulding

TECOS was established in 1994 to represent the collective interests of the Tool, Die & Mould-making (TDM) Industries. TECOS today operates on three dimensional assets, as International Business Cluster, R&D Centre and VET Institution, providing applicative services not only for TDM industry but also to all other manufacturing companies in Slovenia.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Biocoatings

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 69 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. With its application-oriented research and its focus on key technologies, the FhG plays a prominent role in the international innovation process.

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