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Research project NOCEMA

PROJECT TITLE

«NOVEL CERAMIC MATERIALS» (title abbr: NOCEMA)

PROJECT CODE

11SYN_5_757

YEAR / PERIOD OF IMPLEMENTATION

30 MONTHS, 12.2012 – 06.2015

FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK

Operational Program 'Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship' (EPAN-II) Priority (AP) 1 «Creation and Development of Innovation Supported by Research and Technological Development", "Cooperation-2011 Productive Partnerships and Research organizations in targeted research and technological Segments "(NSRF 2007-2013)

PROJECT PURPOSE

1. Construction of new material from combinations of raw materials and recycled industrial by-products with potentially useful properties.

2. To examine the effect of varying the composition of these raw materials (mixtures) on the physical and mechanical properties, but also in their structure.

3. To examine the effect of sintering temperature on the physical and mechanical properties of the materials and in their structure.

4. To determine the optimum composition of the materials and the optimal fusion conditions for any new material to be produced.

5. The evaluation of the potential applications of new materials.

6. The design of the production capacity or the modification of existing production lines.

7. The evaluation of (potential) unit costs and reducing production costs.

8. The assessment of the possibility to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

PROJECT STAGES

1. Characterization of raw materials.

2. Production of samples both at laboratory scale and pilot scale.

3. Full description of the physical and mechanical properties, resistance to frost and structure of the samples produced as a function of the content of raw materials and their processing parameters.

4. Feasibility studies for the production of a full range of new classes of materials for use as insulation materials and construction industry. The properties which have the most interest, and will be explored are: the fracture toughness, Three-point flexural strength, the thermal conductivity and resistance to frost.

MEMBERS OF PARTNERSHIP

1. Department Exact Sciences /
Technological Educational Institute of Larissa
(Coordinator)

2. Department of Engineering /

Technology Educational Institution

3. TERRA SA

4. AEIFOROS SA

EXPECTED BENEFITS

Examples:

1. Acquisition and development of innovative knowledge and technology.

2. Integration of innovative technologies and processes for the production of diverse and innovative products.

3. Use of industrial by-products and at the same time utilization of industrial solid products in a safe manner. Production of new materials with significant added value.

4. Continuous improvement to ensure sustainability.

5. To improve the competitiveness in the national and international market.

6. Improving the company's image by introducing innovative products to the market.

7. Saving energy & natural resources through recycling of metallurgical by-products of steel production. Avoid altering the landscape and the deposition of by-products on Landfill Waste sites.

8. The by-products of steel production can be used in environmentally friendly applications and cost-effective activities.

9. Hiring of new staff for the exploitation of the technology.

10. The implementation of the European Directive 96/61 / EC (IPPC) on integrated pollution prevention and control of pollution by recycling waste of an industrial activity as raw material in another industrial activity.

BUDGET

850.000 €

Public (national and Community)
expense

651.500 €

 

 

Research project SLAG-PROD

 

PROJECT TITLE

Utilisation of steel slags: Design of added value products for uses in construction industry and use of slags as absorptive material for toxic compound immobilization – “Slag-Prod”

CODE

11SYN_5_344

YEAR / PERIOD OF IMPLEMENTATION

13/12/2013-30/06/2015

FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) & national funding

PROJECT PURPOSE

The proposed project focuses on low cost, new, improved products for the constructional sector, which will be based on the use of slags that are by-products of steel industry.

As it is well known by-products charge the environment. Therefore, following existing directives, their safe management is a costly work that is added to the final cost of the product. Maximizing the exploitation of the slags, means no slags on the ground and saving of money. Furthermore, slags will be bound in the products and leaching of heavy metals to environment will be eliminated. The incorporation of slags in concrete or concrete products protect multiply the environment, not only

because of avoiding alterations from their deposit to environment but because their recycling results in saving natural resources and energy consumption and eliminating health problems of local communities.

The upgrading of slags in products will enhance employment and local economy. The low cost slag products will possibly contribute to the revival of relevant construction fields.

The coordinator enterprise AEIFOROS SA is also activated in Bulgaria, where many infrastructure projects have been planned or are running. Therefore, there are possibilities of transferring the knowhow after cooperation with relevant industries there.

PROJECT STAGES

The program comprises of 19 work packages.

MEMBERS OF PARTNERSHIP

1) AEIFOROS SA (Co-ordinator)

2) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Civil Engineering Dpt

3) Democritus University of Thrace – Civil Engineering Dpt

4) National Technical University of Athens – Dpt of Inorganic Chemistry

5) ΙSOMAT SA

6) TECHNOBETON SA

7) TEKTON SA

EXPECTED BENEFITS

The use of environmentally friendly/recycled materials is gaining ground with the view of increasing company profile by added corporate social responsibility. All new products developed through the proposal are originating or based on recycled materials. The environmental benefits from the use of

Electric Arc Furnace and Laddle Furnace slag as construction material are the following;

1) Energy saving.

2) Saving of natural resources via the recycling of by-products of steel production.

3) The alteration of natural landscape from excavation is avoided.

4) The benefit of neutralisation of the acidic reaction compared to natural aggregates.

5) Landfill of EAF slag is avoided and at the same time,

6) Steel slag can be used in environmentally friendly applications and financially profitable activities.

Moreover the proposal is aiming to ensure high quality end products of added value. The increase of quality standards due to the invariability of raw material is a significant advantage compared to common practice.

It is also important to mention that all new products are aiming to present a competitive alternative and financial viable to current practice.

BUDGET

936.000,00 €