03 April 2009
03 April 2009
At the JEC Composites Show, the Institut fuer Verbundwerkstoffe received two innovation awards.
Together with its project partners KUKA, Bond Laminates, Jacob Composite, and the Department of Production Engineering and Plant Organization - FBK of the University of Kaiserslautern the institute received the innovation award in the category automation for the development of a flexible welding technique to join three-dimensional fibre polymer composites. This joining process enables the welding of fibre reinforced polymer composites with three-dimensional welding seams and aims at applications in the automotive industry. The technique is characterized by short process times, high variability regarding the join partners and the potential to carry out detachable weld joints.
For the development of a fully automated tape placement head to process continuously fiber reinforced thermoplastic tapes, operated at a 6-axle articulated robot, the institute and its project partner Airbus received the JEC innovation award in the category process. The tape placement head is assembled as modular system, ensuring a further expansion. Plane and multiple curved structures can be realized. The successful research work is continued in the framework of the current aviation research program in close co-operation with Airbus. The novel technology shall be applied to airplanes of the future, which will predominantly consist of carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP).
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.
Haydale has produced and delivered eight composite general transition piece (GTP) sealing systems to National Grid UK, and has received an expression of interest for a further 60 over the next six years.