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Applied research centre for composites in North America

News International-French

30 Oct 2012

JEC Americas 2012 - The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology works on developing and processing composite materials for lightweight vehicles in the joint Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research@Western,

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) is one of Europe's largest application-oriented research organizations. Together with the Western University in London, Ontario (Canada), the ICT works on developing and processing composite materials for lightweight vehicles in the joint Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research@Western, the world’s latest state-of-the-art equipped press centre in full industrial scale.

 

The FPC@Western offers a not-for-profit environment open to all clients. Through its independency, it offers a creative atmosphere for full industrial-scale applied research.

 

The centre’s research mainly focuses on fibre composites for lightweight construction in various markets, especially the automotive sector. Its work is oriented particularly towards the needs of the regional North American market. The FPC is equipped with a state-of-the-art hydraulic press with a maximum clamping force of 2,500 tons suitable for research on parts in full industrial scale. Material and process research is carried out in processing technologies such as Direct Sheet Moulding Compound (Direct SMC). The first manufacturing line in North America is being installed in the FPC facility – a manufacturing line for Direct Long Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics (LFT-D) as well as compression moulding.

 

The FPC@Western started operations in London, Ontario, in fall 2012.

 

More information: www.eng.uwo.ca/fraunhofer

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