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).
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has partnered with Composites Australia to provide Australian civil and composite engineers with access to the latest knowledge on an innovative reinforcing solution to the costly corrosion of concrete infrastructure.
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.
The Brazilian composite sector expects to close 2018 with a turnover of US$ 685 million, a high of 3.8% compared to the previous year.