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Tecnalia and the Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) sign a collaboration agreement

News International-French

21 Nov 2013

Both organisations will jointly work in the research of new technologies related to advanced composite structures manufacturing

Tecnalia and the Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) of the University of Stuttgart have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote jointly collaboration in research and exploitation of new technologies related to manufacturing of advanced composite structures. Tecnalia and IFB will join efforts such as active promotion of new research projects, preparation of a common offer to provide complete solutions and services to industrial customers, common exploitation of already developed assets and exchanging of students and Young researchers for training purposes and to work together in specific common projects or fields of common interest.

The main objective of this agreement is to create a highly specialized working team between Tecnalia and IFB (which have been already working successfully together in different activities and projects) oriented to composites development and manufacturing.  Both organisations, with similar strategies in this field, will investigate in new dry fibre preforming technologies (new textile technologies, draping process characterization and simulation, preforming optimization, automation, etc.) but also other technologies for other phases of the OOA composites manufacturing processes (novel heating/activating technologies, permeability assessment, filling and curing process monitoring, thermoplastic RTM, etc.).

The use of these technologies will be focused mainly on transport applications, mainly (but not exclusively) aeronautics and automotive sectors.

About IFB:
The Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) is a University Institute with knowledge and experience in research, development and optimization of economical transport systems including subsystems, components and materials.  IFB focuses, on the research, development and education for lightweight design and especially for composite processes including sandwich materials, in close cooperation and collaboration with industry, organisations, institutes and research centres.

About Tecnalia:
Tecnalia Research & Innovation is the first Private Applied Research Centre in Spain and one of the most relevant centres in Europe; with 1,500 experts, from over 27 different nationalities, focusing on transforming knowledge into GDP to improve people's quality of life, by creating business opportunities for companies. Inspiring Business is a synthesis of two concepts that go hand in hand: imagining and making it come true Tecnalia's differential value.

Photo: Mr. Stefan Carosella and Prof. Dr. Peter Middendorf for the IFB and Dr. Javier Coleto and Mr. Ricardo Mezzacasa for Tecnalia in the moment of the signature in Stuttgart.