The international congress IFATCC 2020 will take place on 22-24 April in Roubaix, France. Organized by the International Federation of Associations of Textile Chemists and Colourists, it will be dedicated to “New generation textiles and processes”. Veramtex will be one of the speakers, giving a presentation ‘Fire resistant flax composites with low environmental impacts’. The results of the FARBioTY project, especially those pertaining to textiles, will be presented at this occasion.

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Here is a short summary of the presentation: Flax is known to be a locally produced fiber, mainly used for clothing. It also has however properties, especially mechanical, that can be very useful in other domains like composites. Traditionally, these products are made of glass fibers and resins, be it polyester of epoxy. A preliminary LCA analysis has already compared flax roving to glass fiber equivalents, showing a big advantage for flax. So it seems logical to use flax to create composites. However, in some cases (buildings, transportation like railway, ships, car,…), the product must be conform to specific fire norms. This is possible applying known textile techniques to flax and by applying appropriate resins.

The aim of the European LIFE project FARBioTY is to develop these composites and to assess their environmental impact, including an aging study. The results will be shown during the presentation, as well as potential new applications for flax fibers and especially fire resistant flax.