Monomer selection for in situ polymerization infusion

The SeaBioComp project is looking to develop and deliver demonstrators using innovative bio-based thermoplastic composite materials with mechanical properties comparable to conventional oil-based composites.

The durability will be tailored to the specific application (2 to >20 years), recycling potential, reduced CO2 emissions and reduced microplastic and ecotoxic impact in the marine environment.

The University of Plymouth, as part of its role in the project, is investigating to use of manufacture by monomer infusion under flexible tooling (MIFT) with in situ polymerisation to produce natural, or glass, fibre reinforced structural composites.

Following an extensive literature survey, the monomer selection has suggested two potential matrix materials: poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(L-lactide) (PLA). The selection methodology is described in a paper just published in Polymers.

The full report is available to view at the following link.

and also available to download from the SeaBioComp website at

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Posted 2020-11-18 16:27:31

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