BCIRCULAR COMPOSITES SL has been a beneficiary of the European Regional Development Fund whose objective is to promote research, technological development, innovation and Sustainability thanks to which it has been able to incorporate sustainability into its processes by implementing ISO 14001 to manage and identify risks . environmental conditions that may occur internally in the company. This action has taken place during 2023. For this, it has had the support of the Sustainability program of the Chamber of Barcelona”. A WAY OF MAKING EUROPE.
Sustainability is one of the pillars of BCIRCULAR. Thanks to the support of the European Regional Development Fund, we are working on ISO 14001 environmental certification. The ISO 14000 standard is a technical standard for environmental management established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Our purpose is to minimize the negative effects caused to the environment by our activities, and achieve an environmental improvement in your production, reducing your energy and material costs (pollution, paper, plastic, etc.).
BCN3D, CSIC y CENIM, Eurecat, Fundación CIM de UPC, TMCOMAS, SamyLabs, Colfeed, Grupal Art and Bcircular, join forces to bring the VIVALDI project to life.
The general objective of the project is to carry out industrial research on the recovery of waste from composite, metallic and ceramic materials through the generation of recycled powders for incorporation into the feedstock of additive manufacturing processes, such as hopper-fed thermal extrusion (Fused Feedstock Manufacturing, FFM) and Selective Laser Fusion (SLM).
BCIRCULAR will be the company in charge of recycling compound waste from different sectors and producing high-quality powder suitable for the growing additive industry. In this way, BCIRCULAR will explore a new way of applying recycled fibers.
VIVALDI is part of the MISIONES Program financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation – CDTI. The project has a total budget of €1,720,818 and will last 26 months.
EURECAT and TRC manufacture the first plastics reinforced with recycled carbon fiber using 3D technology.
For all it is known that the 3D industry is at the vanguard of technology and that its implementation at an industrial level will revolutionize all sectors and their productive processes. The application of recycled fiber in the 3D industry is a new milestone that allows this emerging technology can use an economic product, with a high ecological value and high technical and mechanical properties.
The Composites Unit of the Technological Center of Catalonia EURECAT and TRC manufactures demonstrators for the automotive sector from recycled carbon fiber through the RTM process.
The RTM or Resin Transfer Molding process is based on the use of a mechanically closed mold.
The process is characterized by:
- Quick and easy cleaning
- Precision and control in the laminate.
- The possibility of being automated
- Its simplicity of processing (it does not require a great skill of the operator)
TRC in collaboration with EurecaT, develops the first reinforced plastics from recycled carbon fiber. Innovation is a revolution in the field of recycling composites, since it allows recycled fibers to be applicable in the plastics industry through the extrusion-compounding process.
The extrusion-compounding process consist of steel passing the plastic through a cylinder with different heating zones where the material is melted due to the shearing action provided by the screw and the temperature provided by the resistors.
The increase in concentration of carbon fiber in the polypropylene (PP) matrix significantly increases the modulus and the tensile strength of the plastic. With a determination Percentage load of carbon fiber analysis shows that it multiplies by 8 the module and almost triples the tensile strength of the PP.