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The IK4-Tekniker Research Alliance is hosting a meeting of this initiative to develop new erosion-resistant and anti-icing materials for the wind power generation, aerospace and automotive sectors.
The IK4-Tekniker Research Alliance, made up of 9 technology centres, is taking part in the European Eiros project, an initiative linked to the Horizon 2010 programme, the world’s largest public investment programme to promote research, innovation and competitiveness. The European Commission has a budget of 80 billion euros for this programme for the 2014-2020 period, providing financing at all stages of the innovation process, from basic research until the product reaches the market.
The aim of the Eiros initiative is to develop new self-healing, erosion-resistant and anti-icing composite materials for the wind power, aeronautical and automotive sectors.
The project, which was launched in March 2016, has organised a meeting on 21 and 22 September at the Research Alliance’s facilities to share awareness of actions performed to date and to establish the next steps to be taken.
The project, in which the Basque technology centre has been working together with other leading companies in the sectors mentioned, is currently researching the development of nanocapsules-nanoparticles and how they can be rendered functional for self-healing, erosion-resistant and anti-icing applications so as to establish a process model to optimise resin infusion, surface and structural characterisation of the materials developed and scale synthesis and functionalisation processes for capsules and nanoparticles. The materials developed will be applied to wind turbine blades, cryogenic tanks and automotive components.