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Textechno has received the DIN Innovation Award for DIN SPEC 8100 and its test equipment DRAPE TEST for evaluating composite woven and non-crimp fabrics at the award ceremony which took place at Hannover Messe in Germany on 26 April 2016 in the framework of the DIN forum ‘standards for the world of tomorrow’.
The DIN SPEC 8100 ‘Automated drapability testing for woven and non-crimp fabrics used in continuous fibre reinforced plastics’ was developed and implemented by Textechno, based in Mönchengladbach, Germany, in cooperation with DIN, as well as SAERTEX, the Fiber Institute Bremen, GROZ – BECKERT and FTA Albstadt.
In the automated production of carbon- or glass fibre-based woven and non-crimp fabrics for the aerospace or automotive industry, a major problem exists in undetected errors as they occur during the three-dimensional deformation for the final component (draping). The method described in DIN SPEC uses a high-resolution camera in conjunction with an image analysis, detecting imperfections while draping. This method provides values with which the properties of the textile fabric can be characterised and it ultimately helps selecting the right fabric material for the appropriate composite.
Dr. Ulrich Mörschel, CEO of Textechno explains, “With our products, we contribute to avoid conflicts between suppliers and end-users wherever possible. The development of the DIN SPEC has procured us a fast possibility to set a new and useful standard for the entire composite industry, where there are not yet many standards set.”
Dietmar Möcke, Technical Director at SAERTEX says, “DIN SPEC offers for the first time a standardised testing method. It allows us to provide our customers with comparable and reproducible measurement values regarding the draping characteristics of our products. Thus they get a standardised overview of the textile properties and the material’s performance.”
Dr. Michael Effing, CEO of AMAC and Advisor for Composite Materials to Textechno adds, “The parameters generated by DIN SPEC 8100 represent a huge added value for the entire composite industry. This is to ensure that carbon- and glass fibre woven and non-crimp fabrics for applications in high-performance components like rotor blades or structural components in Automotive and Aerospace possess the required material characteristics.”
In order to further boost the development of pioneering testing methods, the partners SAERTEX, GROZ – BECKERT and FTA Albstadt waive their share of the prize money so that Textechno can handover a voucher worth 5000 EUR for research to the Bremen Fibre Institute.
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