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The 13 “Composite Champions” winners of the JEC Innovation Awards

 

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Aeronautics

Innovative composite fan system for aero-engines
IHI Corporation (Japan): Innovative composite fan system for aero-engines

Partners: IHI Aerospace (Japan), Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture (Japan), Mitsuya Co., Ltd. (Japan), SHINDO Co. (Japan), Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. (Japan), Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan)

IHI Corp., together with its partners, developed an innovative lightweight composite system for fan cases and the first thermoplastic composite structural guide vane (SGV).

 

Automotive, Structural

T-RTM
Forward Engineering GmbH (Germany): T-RTM

Partners: KraussMaffei (Germany), ALPEX Technologies GmbH (Austria), Dieffenbacher (Germany), Saertex (Germany), Henkel (Germany), Handtmann (Germany), TUM/LCC (Germany)

The aim of this project is to develop the near-net-shape T-RTM (thermoplastic resin transfer moulding) process for high-volume production. This innovative process combines the advantages of thermoplastic resin and the design freedom offered by HP-RTM technology for complex parts.

 

Automotive, Exterior

One-piece roof rack
LG Hausys (South Korea): One-piece roof rack

Partners: Hyundai-Kia Motor Company (South Korea)

With increasing pressure on automobile manufacturers to reduce the carbon footprint of their vehicles, weight reduction is becoming a major prerequisite.

The goal of this project is to reduce the weight and cost of a part that is traditionally made of aluminium and largely unnoticed in the composite industry.

 

Construction

Innovative composite panels, an alternative to steel and concrete for high-speed railway tunnel construction
ACCIONA Construcción SA (Spain): Innovative composite panels, an alternative to steel and concrete for high-speed railway tunnel construction

Partners: Owens Corning (Spain), Scott Bader (UK), CELO - APOLO Construction Systems (Spain), LUM-Industry (France), BYK-Chemie GmbH (Germany), Nanjing Loyalty Composite Equipment Manufacture Co. Ltd. (China)

When the two 24km-long Pajares high-speed railway tunnels met the problem of continuous water infiltration on around 30% of the total tunnel length, few of the available solutions in the market were able to solve the issue.

 

Process

IRT M2P - Fast RTM
IRT M2P (France): Fast RTM

Partners: Arkema (France), Chomarat (France), Compose (France), Composite Integrity by Institut de Soudure Groupe – Composite Platform (France), Faurecia (France), Hexion (France), Hutchinson (France), PINETTE P.E.I. (France), Renault (France), SISE (France)

This innovation is the result of a series of innovations developed by the Research and Technology Institute M2P (IRT M2P) with the support of the partners of the Fast RTM collaborative project.

 

Manufacturing

Voith Composites - Voith Roving Applicator
Voith Composites GmbH & Co. KG (Germany): Voith Roving Applicator

This innovation is a fully-automated direct fibre placement machine, called the Voith Roving Applicator (VRA).

The VRA uses untreated roving and binder powder to generate a net-shape dry stack.

 

Sustainability

NAFILite™ microcellular foamed material
Faurecia (France): NAFILite™ microcellular foamed material

Partner: Automotive Performance Materials (APM) (France)

To meet environmental concerns in the automotive industry, this innovation focuses on reducing environmental impacts throughout the material’s life cycle.

 

Marine

VABO Composites - “Plug-and-play” composite ship door
VABO Composites (The Netherlands): “Plug-and-play” composite ship door

Partners: ICO BV (the Netherlands), Spil Composites (the Netherlands)

Traditionally, ship doors are made of steel or aluminium, which is detrimental to weight but also to corrosion resistance. Corrosion being a threat and involving huge costs, it was only natural that some alternative would eventually make it to production.

 

 

3D Printing

Smart manufacturing of continuous-fibre composites: Atropos
+LAB - Politecnico di Milano University (Italy): Smart manufacturing of continuous-fibre composites: Atropos

Partners: Owens Corning (France), KUKA Robotics (Germany)

Atropos is the name of the first 6-axis robotic arm able to 3D print continuous- fibre composites using thermosetting resins.

 

Software

e-Xstream - Digimat AM
e-Xstream (Luxembourg): Digimat Additive Manufacturing

Co-Winners: Solvay Engineering Plastics (France), Solvay Speciality Polymers (France) 

With the impressive growth rate of additive manufacturing (AM) over the past years, e-Xstream set-up a solution to help the AM industry transitioning from prototyping to actual manufacturing of composite parts.

 

Sports

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (IPF) - Recurve bow riser
Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (IPF) (Germany): Recurve bow riser

Partners: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (Germany), Faculty of Design (Germany)

This innovation is a new generation of bow risers made of carbon fibre composite materials.

 

Raw Materials

Desmocomp®, a novel solution for composites
Covestro Deutschland AG (Germany): Desmocomp® – a novel solution for composites

One of the main concerns of building and infrastructure manufacturers regarding composite materials is their ability to withstand environmental degradation, and in particular UV light. To face this issue, Covestro developed the Desmocomp® matrix material.

 

Better Living

Vision of the Fjords, Ship of the Year 2016 in Norway
Brødrene AA (Norway): Vision of the Fjords, Ship of the Year 2016 in Norway

Co-Winners: Saertex GmbH & Co KG (Germany), DIAB group (Norway), Reichhold (Norway)

When Brødrene AA was commissioned to develop a ship for use on tourist excursions in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjord of Nærøyfjord, it faced the challenge of combining mass tourism and the need to preserve the environment with an impact as low as possible. The solution Brødrene AA came up with was a ship with lots of external open spaces for sightseeing as well as vast window areas and an efficient catamaran design to reduce waves and wash on the shores of the fjord.