A new Circular Economy

The technology behind our project aims to solve one of the biggest problems of the nautical sector – the abandoned fiberglass boats at the end of their lives lying around on construction sites, in ports or in the countryside. The concept is to give life to a brand-new circular economy in this sector.

Thanks to natural fibers and eco-sustainable resins, our aim is to revolutionize the nautical pleasure sector with technological innovations, reuse of raw materials and reduction of waste.

rComposite is an innovative composite, based on a thermoplastic matrix, natural or mineral fibers and Atlas HPE recyclable core.

rComposite was developed by nlcomp in 2020 and actually is patent pending.

Fibers

We have chosen flax fibers that are CO2 neutral over their life cycle, and the fibres themselves are biologically decomposable. We use also Basaltex fibers for structural components that cannot be realized with the Vacuum Infusion Process.

Core

Atlasfoam is a family of foam core materials, based on a unique and proprietary formulation designed by NMG Europe, with excellent toughness and resistance in relation to weight, outstanding resistance to static and dynamic loads and superior fatigue strength.

Concerning its chemistry, Atlasfoam is an interpenetrated polymer network (IPN) with a very high cross-linking degree, a molecular structure falling into the same category as cross-linked PVC foam, but using a thermoplastic based on polyester chemistry, allowing to combine high toughness and flexibility.

Process

rComposite is designed for the Vacuum Infusion Process and can be used with traditional aluminum/composite molds, without the need of special changes to existing molds.

The composite and the ecoracer hull was analyzed by QI Composite which evaluated rComposite manufacturing at the same level of the current thermosetting technologies.

Small parts and repairs can be done with a version of the resin for manual lamination.

Mechanical Properties

The mechanical properties of the matrix are superior to traditional polyester and vinylester resins. On request we have available a datasheet with the properties combined with fiberglass, flax and basalt.

Durability

The composite, suitably protected by acrylic paints or by treatments with the appropriately thickened resin itself, gives comparable results to current thermosetting technologies.

Aging studies are underway to demonstrate durability and the prototypes currently being tested are constantly subjected to checks and reports.