Upcycling of Post-Consumer PLA Waste: A Gateway to “Circular Bio-Economy”

Designed for performance and durability, synthetic plastics have become indispensable as “materials of every-day use”. However, their indiscriminate disposal has led to an acute problem of plastic pollution. In order to solve this issue, the European Union not only tries to implement a circular system to reuse, repair and recycle plastics (circular economy) but it Read more about Upcycling of Post-Consumer PLA Waste: A Gateway to “Circular Bio-Economy”[…]

Upcycling of Post-Consumer PLA Waste: A Gateway to “Circular Bio-Economy”

Designed for performance and durability, synthetic plastics have become indispensable as “materials of every-day use”. However, their indiscriminate disposal has led to an acute problem of plastic pollution. In order to solve this issue, the European Union not only tries to implement a circular system to reuse, repair and recycle plastics (circular economy) but it Read more about Upcycling of Post-Consumer PLA Waste: A Gateway to “Circular Bio-Economy”[…]

Fraunhofer LBF Awards Ernst Gaßner Award for Outstanding Achievements in Automotive Lightweight Design

Since 2002, the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF has been granting the Ernst Gaßner Award for outstanding achievements in structural durability. The award honors experts for exceptional contributions in the development of safety-relevant, reliable lightweight components. This year, the seventh award ceremony saw the Darmstadt-based institute honor two winners: Dr. Yung-Li Read more about Fraunhofer LBF Awards Ernst Gaßner Award for Outstanding Achievements in Automotive Lightweight Design[…]

More Efficient Manufacturing Technology: Integrated Sensors Secure and Monitor the Manufacturing of Thick-Walled CFK Structures

“Infusion 4.0,” a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, shows how effective fiber-optic sensors are in monitoring the vacuum infusion process during the production of large composite components. Together with its project partner, MT Aerospace AG, the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF has made the previously-hidden process Read more about More Efficient Manufacturing Technology: Integrated Sensors Secure and Monitor the Manufacturing of Thick-Walled CFK Structures[…]

OrganoPor: Bio-Based Boards for A Thermal Insulation Composite System

Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF developed a novel, bio-based facade insulating material during a two-year project. It can be competitive in manufacturing, processing and offer the properties needed for market-leading polystyrene insulation boards. Since OrganoPor also offers a competitive price, it has an opportunity to conquer the market. Fraunhofer LBF will Read more about OrganoPor: Bio-Based Boards for A Thermal Insulation Composite System[…]

For EVs with higher range: Take greater advantage of the potential offered by lightweight construction materials

Ultra-high-strength aluminium alloys are the future of lightweight construction in conventional and e-mobility. The Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) and its research partners are developing resource-optimized process technologies within the framework of ALLEGRO, the central project of LOEWE – Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz (State Offensive for the Development of Scientifically Read more about For EVs with higher range: Take greater advantage of the potential offered by lightweight construction materials[…]

Fraunhofer LBF and BAM develop faster procedure for flame-retardant plastics

Many modern plastic materials do not come without added flame protection. When developing new plastic compositions of this kind, the aim is to achieve an optimum combination of flame retardancy, processability and mechanical properties. Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF and the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM) have Read more about Fraunhofer LBF and BAM develop faster procedure for flame-retardant plastics[…]

New test rig components for faster development and validation

Numerical simulations have massively accelerated product development over the past few decades. A variety of scenarios can be tested in a short time and the number of necessary prototypes has been steadily reduced. Nevertheless, physical tests are widespread and will not lose significance over the next few decades. Numerical models must be validated and approval Read more about New test rig components for faster development and validation[…]

Calculation concept shortens the design process of injection molded parts

Using a new calculation process, it is now possible to predict fiber orientation-dependent component behavior in relation to shaped elements at an early stage and thus design the component in accordance with the expected load. This reduces costly iteration cycles and thereby shortens the entire development and manufacturing process. What is more, the concept can Read more about Calculation concept shortens the design process of injection molded parts[…]

More range for electric vehicles: functionalized thermoplastic sandwich components within minutes

In times of impending bans for diesel and generally internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are becoming increasingly interesting for buyers, especially in urban environments. Boosting battery capacities enable longer travels, however driving range of EVs varies especially at low ambient temperatures. Within the EU project “OPTEMUS” (Optimized Energy Management and Use), Read more about More range for electric vehicles: functionalized thermoplastic sandwich components within minutes[…]