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FRP Based Research Project for Industrialised Transport Infrastructures

06 May 2011

The Trans-IND project is a European Commission funded 4 year programme dedicated to enabling the industrialisation of components for transport infrastructure using fibre reinforced (FRP) based materials.

The primary objective of the Trans-IND project is to develop a flexible, cost-effective, performance and sustainable knowledge-based industrialisation system of FRP components for transport infrastructures through the complete integration of the whole construction process.

This system involves development of a conceptual model and modular designs using FRP based materials for all types of transport components including off-site manufacturing, logistics, transport and on-site assembly, together with the ICT tools needed to manage the whole process. Due to the high levels of complexity in bridge components manufacturing and assembly, by comparison to other applications, the first pilot case is focused on composite bridge components.

This initiative seeks to introduce a fresh approach to transform bridge components manufacturing from a supply-driven, resources based sector into a sustainable, demand-driven one. Concentrating on the efficiency of resources alongside performance and knowledge based criteria, the pilot also aims to ensure cost-effective practices can be achieved in the process and life cycle of bridge infrastructures.

""Fibre reinforced plastic based materials have become the material of choice for many transport infrastructure applications, but further integration of the entire supply and value chain is required, as is the development of high technologies for designing and manufacturing FRP components, to transform on-site construction and off-site manufacturing,"" said Klaus Ritter, Marketing Manager in charge of transportation at Huntsman. ""Trans-IND is making a substantial contribution to the standardisation and development of new processes and technologies that will have a significant impact on components manufacturing and the transport manufacturing industry as a whole.""

Huntsman Advanced Materials is a partner in the consortium, which is composed of 21 partners including large constructors, machinery manufacturers, material providers, engineering societies and high-tech universities and research centres from 9 different EU countries. Huntsman's role is to define, develop and supply the resin systems for the composite parts and adhesives for parts assembly. These materials will need to fulfil the stringent criteria set by the defined industrial processing conditions and targeted, structural performance requirements.






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