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Focus on lightweight textile design

News International-French

9 Mar 2015

JEC Europe 2015 - The institute can now transfer textile structures and fabrics made of carbon or glass fibres into specimens or components.

For several years, the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) has been focusing increasingly on functionally-integrated, process-optimized and production-capable production processes for hybrid textile composites and semi-finished products. Therefore, the institute’s research work is more and more directed to fibre-reinforced plastics and textile composites made of high-tenacity materials like aramid, carbon, glass or basalt. The institute now has set the requirements for research work under this context.

With the launch of a technical centre for fibre composites, the institute can now transfer textile structures and fabrics made of carbon or glass fibres into specimens or components. This allows the processing of fibre-reinforced thermosets or thermoplastics with injection, infusion, hand laminating or press techniques. The necessary cutting steps are implemented with a NC cutter. The successful development of a recycling process for resin-free carbon fibres, carbon fibre waste or disused carbon fibre elements enables the re-processing of these valuable materials into new carbon fibre nonwovens, which are the basic material for new composites and lightweight construction elements for non-load-bearing areas. The technical basis for this development and further innovations was the institute’s carbon fibre nonwoven plant. STFI will present scaled multi-layered knitted fabrics for the production of rotor blade belts, matrix hybrids for fibre-reinforced plastics and composite structures out of recycled carbon fibre nonwovens.

More information:www.stfi.de
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