The main goal of the Grasage project is to develop a model describing the orientation and structural interaction of graphene within the polymer matrix during a fibre melt-spinning process and able to predict the electrical , thermal and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites.
The transnational project GraSage – Modelling of the electrical and thermal transport mechanisms in graphene nano-modified polymer compounds and fibres was finally approved within the Flag-Era JTC Call 2017. In the GraSage project, Dutch, German, Spanish and Flemish partners will strongly collaborate the understanding and modelling of the influence of graphene on polymer materials.
Graphene, the two-dimensional allotrope of carbon, is said to be one of the most promising materials of the 21st century. For polymers, graphene is a potential filler material for the realisation of electrically conductive materials that could find application in fibre-form as part of smart textiles. Anyway, the interaction of graphene with the surrounding polymer and its interaction with polymers is quite unknown yet.
In order to tackle this bottleneck and to pave the way to tailor-made nano-composite materials, the project consortium will investigate the influence of graphene on polymers. Therefore, a three-column approach is pursued, consisting of a simulation of graphene in polymers, the preparation of polymer compounds and fibres within a design of experiments and finally the macroscopic modelling of correlations via neuronal nets and fuzzy logics.
- Start: 01 January 2018 – End 31 December 31 2020
- Total budget: €800,000 (completely covered by the respective national funding agencies)
- 4 partners are collaborating:
- KU Leuven (Belgium)
- Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials, Maastricht University (consortium leader) (The Netherlands)
- Institut für Textiltechnik, RWTH Aachen (Germany)
- Aitex textile research institute (Spain)