General information

SBO project
Started: 01/10/2010, Duration: 52 months
Status: Ended
Project contact: Larissa Gorbatikh (KULeuven)


Knowledge institutions: KU Leuven, UAntwerpen, UGent, VITO, VUB

The SBO project NaPoS focused on composites existing of steel (fibers and plates) in a polymer matrix.

The objective of NaPoS was to develop a scientific base to optimize the interaction between steel and polymers. By optimizing this interaction, the unique properties of steel (high toughness and high stiffness) can result in tough and durable steel reinforced polymer composites.


To do this, knowledge was built up regarding modifications of the steel surface, of the polymer matrix and of the transition zone between steel and polymer using gradient structures and properties.

Several PhD researchers obtained their doctoral degree during this project.

This project is part of:

Next generation nano-engineered polymer hybrids: developing structural composite materials with increased durability, improved recyclability and low weight.

General information

Started: 01/10/2010
Theme: Durable & Sustainable Structural Materials
Program manager: Griet Van Cauwenberghe