Swerea SICOMP AB

Swerea SICOMP AB is a Swedish non-profit research institute with 52 employees, with an annual turnover around 5 M€. SICOMP was formed in 1989 and is part of the Swerea Group since 2005. The Swerea group consists of five research institutes focusing on development of metals, polymers, fibres, ceramics and composites and their processing and production. SICOMP´s research focus is polymer composites. Applied research, education, consultancy services and technology transfer to industry are our main activities. Process science and manufacturing, Structural design and Materials science are our technology areas. An integrated approach concerning design, manufacture and materials is applied. SICOMP has earned world recognition for our world-class capabilities in both composite materials processing and damage tolerance analysis. Our clients and partners range from small European composite processors to very large multinational industry corporations.
SICOMP has been and is involved in several international, European and National research programmes. Project research and development focus is mainly directed towards the transport sector. The largest part of the projects has focused on R&D for the Aeronautical sector. R&D on nanostructured composites started at SICOMP in 2002 and comprises carbon -, cellulose- and clay nano structures. Our focus has been applied research, manufacturing techniques and characterization of nanostructured composites with the aim to improve properties such as fire resistance, toughness, impact properties or to realize multifunctional composites with structural as well as electrical properties. http://www.swerea.se/sicomp/
The role of Swerea SICOMP in the project will be to validate that the development of nano structured prefabricated materials within the different pilot plants can be applied in composite production. Design and manufacturing of prototypes will be done in order to evaluate processability as well as product specific requirements such as mechanical performance and electrical performance.

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRODUCTS/SERVICES

  1. Fernberg P, Nilsson G, Joffe R, Piezoresistive performance of long-fiber composites with carbon nanotube doped matrix, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Volume 20, Issue 9, June 2009, Pages 1017-1023
  2. Joffe R., "Performance of non-crimp fabric composites in shear", Key engineering materials, Vol. 425, 2010, p. 45-59.
  3. Andersons J., Joffe R., Spārniņš E., "Evaluation of interfacial shear strength by tensile tests of impregnated flax fiber yarns", Journal of Composite Materials, Volume 46, Issue 3, 2012, p. 351-357.
  4. Aitomäki Y, Hagström B, Långström R, Fernberg P (2012). Novel reactive bicomponent fibres: material in composite manufacturing. Journal of Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites; 8(1)5-11
  5. Nyström B, Joffe R and Långström R, Microstructure and Strength of Injection Molded Natural Fiber Composites, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, April 2007 vol. 26 no. 6 579-599
  6. Sparnins E., Nyström B. and Andersons J., Interfacial shear strength of flax fibers evaluated via tensile tests of composites, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, Accepted 2012


PROJECTS

  1. NOESIS – intelligent CNT-based fibre reinforced composites
  2. Laysa – multifunctional layered nanostructured fibre composites
  3. Nanofun-Poly (network of excellence) – Network of excellence in nanostructure polymers and nanocomposites
  4. SARISTU – Smart aircraft structures
  5. FACOMP – nanocomposites for building construction elements (facades)
  6. Storage – Structural carbon fibre composites
  7. Woody – Wood based polymer composites
  8. NCC Foam – nanocellulose based foams for composites and construction applications
  9. Fireresist – technologies for fire resistant composites
  10. Safejoint – nanotechnologies for improved joining of materials
  11. Polywall - clay composites in construction components

Contacts:

Contact Person: Birgitha Nyström,