The SUStainable Industrial DESIGN of TEXtile Structures for Composites project (SustDesignTex) is a Twinning project funded under the Horizon Europe Framework program of the European Union. The SustDesignTex project was officially started on the 1st of October 2022 and will be realized until September 2025. For the implementation of this project activities, almost €1.5 million budget has been allocated from the European Union.
The main objective of the project is to establish a long-term strategic partnership between TUL (Faculty of Materials Technology and Textile Design), top-class leading counterparts at the EU level, and the Polish company in the area of industrial design of innovative textile structures for composites through research networking activities.
The Lodz University of Technology (Poland) is the coordinator of the project, and three top-class leading counterparts at the EU level: University of Borås (Sweden), Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (Germany), University of Zaragoza (Spain), and Wademekum company (Poland) are the partners of the project.
The research activities of the SustDesignTex project will focus on designing innovative textile structures used in lightweight composite structures, like drones or aircraft components, and in other automotive industries. The researchers from the partner institutes will collaborate on designing a novel textile structure and evaluating the textile-reinforced composites based on their area of specialization. Furthermore, the researchers will develop the project according to the EcoDesign principle, considering the circular economy by selecting suitable biodegradable raw materials.
The project partners will implement a research and innovation strategy focused on three sub-topics by taking into account the composite products' life cycle: (1) industrial design, including Life Cycle Assessment and Circularity Performance, (2) design and processing of technical textile structures for the reinforcement of composites including biodegradable fibers and polymers, and (3) textile reinforcement composites technologies.