The main goal of the European SPARTA project is to find a new method of recycling and reprocessing composite thermoplastic materials that reduces the amount of waste generated by the aerospace industry, as well as its environmental impact. Another goal is to design more eco-efficient manufacturing methods.
In its first year, the European project BIOnTop has achieved good results in its experimental work on copolymers and compounds with customized biodegradability and multifunctional coating solutions with customized properties.
In order to expand the possibilities of analysis by infrared spectroscopy on plastic samples of different characteristics, AIMPLAS has acquired new equipment that combines the typical techniques of infrared spectroscopy with the advantages of having a microscope attached to the spectrophotometer to perform IR analysis on samples or areas of microscopic size.
AIMPLAS has included an additive in the material the fabrics are made of that changes colour when exposed to infrared radiation. This makes it possible to certify that the raw material comes from end-of-life fishing nets.