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Italian research agency fights COVID-19 with smart shelters using biocomposites
Source | CETMA
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for intensive care beds is rapidly increasing worldwide. The SOS - Smart Operating Shelter - project is an important resource, enabling rapid set up of mobile healthcare units for the treatment of infected patients.
The SOS project is led by the Italian research organization CETMA (Brindisi, Italy), which is also a leader in composites research and by RI SpA (Lecce, Italy), a group leader in modular building construction. The project is co-funded by the Apulian Region (Italy) within the INNONETWORK funding measure. A multidisciplinary Apulian partnership is also involved in the project: Politecnico di Bari, ENEA, ENA Consulting, Kinema, Mespo and Protom Group SpA.
As part of the SOS project, architectural layouts were designed and engineering solutions investigated to quickly set up mobile healthcare units that are easy to assemble and install, with smart and low environmental impact sandwich panels. The know-how acquired in this project will be made available to the regional health system.Eco-composite panels, multifunctional solutions
One of the main objectives of the SOS project is the development of advanced and eco-friendly materials for structural panels that are multifunctional, smart and reconfigurable, ready for use in just a few hours after arrival, without involving specialized personnel for installation. Research and development issues addressed include:
In 2019, CETMA developed an innovative bio-based sandwich panel comprising an inner core made from plant-based and/or recycled PET foam, while the outer skins are composite laminates made with natural fibers and polymeric resins obtained from renewable sources.
SOS – three different panel typologies designed for vertical cladding of the shelters. Source | CETMA
In collaboration with the SOS project team, CETMA also devised a technical solution for vertical/horizontal partitions, consisting of three elements: 1-sandwich panel, 2-systems cavity and 3-inner lining panel. Such a solution is very flexible and allows modifying structures for various intended uses.
CETMA is also engaged in the development of multifunctional structures combining:
Further information is available at www.sos-project.it.
» Publication Date: 14/04/2020
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