ITM awarded jointly with other EU project partners with the JEC Innovation Award Europe 2015
Fibre-reinforced plastic composites are characterized by their excellent features. Despite their light weight FRP have very good stiffness and strength properties. The promising potential of this material group is currently rarely used in medium and large series due to the lack of appropriate technologies for quality-oriented and cost-effective production. The 3D LightTrans process chain should enable the cost-effective production of qualifying components, for particular of structural components, in all market segments. To achieve this goal, a total of 18 European research institutions and industry partners are working on the development and testing of innovative processes along the entire process chain.
Within the EU project reinforcing structures and demonstrator components are designed and manufactured at ITM. It is desired to adapt the component to the material. Multi-ply fabric hybrid yarns which have a thermoplastic component in addition to the reinforcing fibers, are developed and then further processed in Thermopress methods. This method can achieve very short cycle times in component manufacturing. The high demands of process and material development can be met only through close interdisciplinary cooperation between the project Partners.
Pic: Demonstartor tailgate (c) 2015 ITM