10 January 2017
10 January 2017
2016 continued to be a year of ongoing growth for the production volumes of nearly all segments in the European fibre-reinforced plastics and composites markets.
The process with the strongest proportional increase over the last few years has been resin transfer moulding (RTM), a term which covers a variety of processing methods that all involve injecting liquid resin into an enclosed mould.
In particular, it is possible to achieve a high level of flexibility in potential materials, a consistently high quality of components and the option of a high fibre volume content. As a result, RTM has become one of the greatest carriers of hope for the serial manufacturing of composites in recent years. Moreover, the spectrum of components that can be made range from large items, such as boat hulls and rotor blades for wind turbines to automotive components, produced in series.
It has been quite a few years since members of the German Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK) set up a working group entitled Euro RTM Group, which focuses on RTM as a forward-looking production technique for glass-fibre reinforced plastics (GRP). The purpose of the group continues to be an increase in the level of awareness in the GRP industry about the many different RTM options which are available for the production of moulded parts. To mark the beginning of 2017, the group has now set up a new website in a contemporary design – www.euro-rtm-group.de – where anyone with an interest in the subject can find information about the available options and also suitable contacts.
Photo provided by AVK
Composites UK reports that its members are supporting the new 2018-2021 Safety in Manufacturing Plastics and Composites strategy (SIMPLC).
Composites are considered hard to join and researchers have predominantly focused on mechanical joining technologies including crimping, gluing, riveting or screwing. The Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November will show the advantages and drawbacks of each of these processes.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.