• IPPT_TWINN: Reinforcing the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in polymer processing technologies of the Faculty of Polymer Technology


<strong>Project financing value:</strong> 1.188.125 € Project financing value: 1.188.125 €
<strong>Duration of project:</strong> January 2023 - December 2025 Duration of project: January 2023 - December 2025


The project conducted on the basis of the Grand Agreement for an Action with multiple beneficiaries within the Horizon Europe Framework Programme and the Twinning (HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ACCESS-03) call, project number 101079051.


Global annual consumption of plastics is expected to increase from the current 368 million tons (2019) to 1.1 billion tons in 2050. However, this growth also poses some dangers, such as the increasing amount of plastic waste and a rise in CO2 emissions. One of the ways to tackle these problems is to produce more durable products and to use processing technologies that generate less waste. The IPPT_TWINN project addresses both methods, as more durable products can be manufactured through a better understanding of processing methods and waste can be reduced through the application of new technologies and better waste management.

The main objective of IPPT_TWINN is to increase the knowledge of polymer processing at FTPO. This will be achieved both through joint scientific work with 4 partners from 4 EU countries, covering several advanced processing techniques and through the organization of a series of events such as workshops, summer schools, expert visits, etc.

However, the project is organized in such a way that not only FTPO, but all four partner institutions will make progress in this area. Although partners knowledge largely overlaps, each is a specialist in a particular field, and together they represent a concentration of knowledge in the whole field of modern polymer processing.

The proposed joint research work will improve the research excellence and innovation capacity of researchers at FTPO that will result in more scientific publications in high-impact journals. This will make FTPO more attractive as a partner also for other educational and research institutions. Industry representatives will also be invited to the events to be organized, which will increase the visibility of all partners in the business sector and strengthen cooperation. Last, but not least, one of the main goals of the project is to train researchers, especially the young ones, how to find suitable calls, right partners and to prepare and manage excellent project proposals.


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Succesfull 1ST IPPT_TWINN Summer school in Budapest
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Succesfull 1ST IPPT_TWINN Summer school in Budapest

Between August 28 and 31, 2023, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) hosted a summer school on the topic of composite technologies. The summer school was attended by 15 participants, including four FTPO representatives.

The first day of the summer school began with a lecture by BME professor Dr. Gábor Szebényi with the title Introduction to Composites. The lecture focused on duromer composites with continuous fibers. In the following, BME professor Dr. András Suplicz presented the topic of injection molding of polymer composites with short fibers. At the end of the day, representatives of various institutions participating in the project presented the latest technologies and research trends in the field of polymer composites.

The second day began with laboratory exercises on the topic of injection molding of thermoplastic composites, led by Dr. Béla Zink. In the afternoon, Dr. Gábor Szebényi presented processing technologies for thermoset composites with long and continuous fibers, while Dr. András Suplicz presented technologies for the processing of thermoplastic composites, with special emphasis on T-RTM technology.

The third day was devoted to practical work with T-RTM technology, led by Dr. András Suplicz. The participants prepared thermoplastic composites reinforced with different reinforcements (type and orientation of fibers), and in the afternoon they measured the mechanical properties of thermoplastics and thermoplastic composites prepared by injection molding. The last day began with laboratory exercises led by Dr. Czél Gergelya, where the participants made composites using different processes (autoclave, vacuum infusion and manual lamination), and in the second part, they measured the mechanical properties of the composites prepared by T-RTM.

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