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* The client of this project will attend the Preview on Thursday 28th of November from 13:30 to 16:00 at Saxion Enschede (Ariënsplein 1).

The Saxion ThermoPlastic Application Center (TPAC) is working together with industry to recycle large streams of PP and PE materials. In 2014 approximately 50% of the collected 474.000 tons of plastic packaging in the Netherlands was recycled, the rest was incinerated or dumped in landfills. One interesting recycling stream is the TetraPak material. TetraPak is widely known for their cartons to package milk, juice and various other liquids. In 2018 more than 189 billion packages were sold. The challenge is that this package consists of different layers of polymers, paper and aluminium.


Nevertheless an injection molded grade is extracted from the polyethylene layer and can be used to produce parts. Currently TPAC is researching the possibility to produce a fibre reinforced tape with this material and mapping the material data. The question remains, what product can you make from this recycled material?

The student team will map the different product possibilities (with or without a fibre reinforcement), select a number of concepts that will be translated into different designs including a business case. Focus will have to go to matching the large waste stream of TetraPak, material properties, and the concept desings.

Required study programs:

Fashion & Textile Technologies: During the product study the creative input of the Fashion & Textile Technologies students could be useful to generate new ideas. Also they can have input in the business case study. And help with the fibre tape inserts, for shapes and perhapse weaves, if required for the selected concepts.

Chemistry: A chemistry student should look into the possibilities to improve properties of recycled materials by e.g. additives or adjusting the molecular weight of polymers.

Chemical Engineering: A chemical engineering student should look into materials aspects related to properties and processibility and ways to adjust / improve those aspects on the chemical level.

Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineering would fufill a role for the material mechanical properties and the design of the concept, business case and manufacturability of the selected concept.

Location: Ariënsplein. We are located at Z.15.0.15, so we would like our students to be close to our office.

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