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Innovative production chain for textile by plasma nanotechnology

Programme: ERA-NET CROSSTEXNET
Project type: proiect de parteneriat ERA-NET
Acronym: MULTITEXFUNCTION
Start date: 14 May 2012
End date: 15 December 2014
Partners:
THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TEXTILE AND LEATHER (INCDTP) – Romania / Coordinator
PLAZMA UYGULAMA ENERJİ ÜRETİMİ DANIŞMANLIK ELEKTRONİK SAN. VE TİC. LTD. ŞTİ. – Turkey – Partner
S.C. STOFE BUHUSI – Romania – Partner
Total Budget:197.000 Euro
- Requested founding: 160.000 Euro
- Budget from public funds: 37.000 Euro
Objectives:
The main goal of the project is the design, development and industrial application of innovative sustainable and ecofriendly textile materials, obtained through cutting-edge Plasma fictionalization technologies and industrial scale machine prototypes.

Project results, attained through MULTITEXFUNCTION will act like a guideline which will contribute to developing new technologies to be applied by the industrial partners in order to develop fully their own production potential and capacities.
The principal axes of the research approach adapted by MULTITEXFUNCTION project are:

1.         design and build a new cutting–edge plasma technologies for textiles;
2.         treating products that are made from natural fibers and synthetic fibers with the purpose of  providing them high added value and to obtain enhanced properties;
3.         improving the technological processes of dyeing, finishing and coating, by using plasma treatment as an alternative environmentally friendly technique, due to the low energy and water consumption;
4.         assuring safety for textile medical devices made out of cotton or synthetic fibers by sterilization of the products in specific environments of plasma and increasing their wettability in order to give them affinity for water or other fluids;
5.         LCA for plasma treated /coated materials - assessment of environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life.  The assessment will try to include the entire life cycle of the product, process or activity, encompassing, extracting and processing raw materials; manufacturing, transportation and distribution; use, re-use, maintenance; recycling, and final disposal.
As part of the MULTITEXFUNCTION project, innovative methodologies will be elaborated to improve the characteristics of the textile materials by establishing the best plasma treating procedures. The in-depth investigation of the plasma treatment over the different textile materials will be conducted under various experimental conditions and tested on novel equipments.
The most appropriate Plasma treatment physical conditions and application parameters will be defined and correlated to the textile material type, physical-mechanical, physical-chemical and structural characteristics of the textile materials afore treated in a plasma environment, by laboratory tests and processing the images that are provided by elecronic microscopy.

Results:
* study regarding how Plasma brings provements to textile products;         
* innovative greener methodology for improving the textile material properties;
* procedures of textile material;  treating;
* analysis reports for the plasma treated textile materials;
* technical specifications, brochures;