Project Summary

The most important objective of the project is to strengthen the research and didactic potential of researchers, particularly early stage researchers employed by universities acceding to the project. The researchers will acquire new research experience in the field of thermoplastic polymer composites processing by means of machines with a screw plasticizing system. Each project partner has at their disposal extruders and injection moulding machines with a single-screw or twin-screw plasticizing system. Their use will contribute to a multifaceted understanding of research issues described in the project topic and to their experimental verification. The staff exchange will contribute to the transfer of knowledge between the individual partners, i.e. between European Union countries taking part in the project and the university in Ukraine as the third country.

Work will be implemented in four Work Packages. Each partner will be responsible for one issue. Single screw extrusion of thermoplastic composites will be conducted at the Lublin University of Technology (Poland), while twin screw extrusion – at the West Saxon University of Applied Science in Zwickau (Germany). Actions connected with injection moulding will be carried out at the Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia). Experiments on the properties of thermoplastic composites will be performed at the Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine).

The expected results include: knowledge transfer, improving the qualifications of staff members, ini-tiating and strengthening cooperation at a high scientific and technological level, and defining the vi-sion of the further development of research on extrusion and injection moulding of advanced materials and the design of plasticizing systems in single- and twin-screw extruders, which should result in new research projects. In consequence, a permanent, long-term collaboration with Ukraine will be developed. The consortium will become more open to future cooperation with other research institutions in the European Union and worldwide.