Development of crosslinked flexible bio-based and biodegradable pipe and drippers for micro-irrigation applications
The main objective of this project is to solve the most important problem related to the use of micro-irrigation pipes: their removal and disposal at the end of their useful life.
The main innovations claimed in HYDRUS are:
Use of bio-based materials
Biodegradability in soil
Development of a micro-irrigation pipe and a drip
Development of controlled crosslinking and reactive extrusion for biopolymers at pilot plant and industrial level.
Improvement of the thermal and chemical resistance of biodegradable materials
Fine tuning of mechanical properties