The FARBioTY partners will combine their expertise to develop the new material and demonstrate the benefits of flax fibres in biocomposites.

In order to do so, here is how the work will be carried out.

Years of work planned

          The tasks that are done in the project follow a classic and logical progression of development. In the first place, partners decided what combinations of flax structures, resins, and processes of implementation should be considered as promising to reach the objectives. Moreover, the technical specifications of the final piece (a train beacon) to be built has been studied to understand how to be able to make it, and how to be able to transfer it for other uses, as the project aims to be transferable. Those were the first technical specifications (A1).

After this first work, each partner worked on its tasks to either propose a relevant structure of flax for the material composite (TVDC), or work on the right formulation of the resin to have a good impregnation of the tissue and ensure fire resistant behaviour (NC and SICOMIN), or work on making the flax tissue resistant to fire thanks to a specific treatment (Veramtex). The first tests on the compatibility between these different components have been done in each resin producer facilities where the treated flax tissue has been sent. Many trials were necessary in order to find combinations that were promising enough to put forward and worth going into the next step. The next step consist in sending the “winning” combinations to POLYECIM that will manufacture the composite material based on the different components. This work is in progress at POLYECIM.