DACOMAT - Damage Controlled Composite Materials
The objective of DACOMAT is to develop more damage tolerant and damage predictable low cost composite materials in particular aimed for used in large load carrying constructions like bridges, buildings, wind-turbine blades and offshore structures. The developed materials and condition monitoring solutions will provide high tolerance for manufacturing imperfections and high capacity to sustain damages. This will enable large composite structures to be manufactured and maintained at low cost.
With new composite materials developed in the project, our aim is to:
- Improve durability and reduce lifetime costs of bridges with 30 %
- Improve durability of wind turbine blades by 30 %, and achieve a significant reduction of blade related cost (offshore)
Material life cycle-thinking
Our actions affect the environment in ways we may not understand when we decide what products to use and how to use them. What are they made of and how are they made? How do we use them and how do we dispose or recycle them? In the DACOMAT project we use LCA and LCCA to reduce our impacts. Here we explain what they are and why they are important tools.