All Posts from Juli, 2010

Fiberforge announces a strategic collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute

Juli 26th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Exhibitors, Innovation, Technology | No Comments »

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO — 29 June 2010. Fiberforge announces today that Fraunhofer ICT and Fiberforge have started a strategic collaboration on R&D projects for various industries such as, automotive and aerospace. As part of this collaboration, Fraunhofer ICT will be installing a RELAY® Station 2000 at its state-of-the-art thermoplastics research center. This will be the first RELAY Station installation in Europe offering clients the ability to develop and demonstrate the production of thermoplastic advanced composite structures upward of 2 m x 2 m (80 in. x 80 in.) in size on a full-scale production work cell.

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Fiber – reinforced composite panel goes Tour de France

Juli 22nd, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Exhibitors, Technology | No Comments »

The FRP panel with XPS-core combines the advantages of a lightweight construction element with outstanding insulation characteristics. Its smooth surface makes it the ideal material for the high requirements of the automotive industry.

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Wings with a nervous system – Lighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly

Juli 21st, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Business, Engineering, Exhibitors, Innovation, Technology | No Comments »

The Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF presented a four-meter-high exhibit at the COMPOSITES EUROPE – which is equipped with sensor technology SHM-wing mock-up of a light aircraft.

Fiber composites offer special advantages because of their lightweight potential in the aviation sector. The lightweight advantages may be more complex because of the damage behavior in comparison with metallic materials therefore they are not always fully exploit. In the airline for example, the impact is from foreign bodies in composite structures is a particular risk factor, limits the applications and often leads to large safety factors that require a certain amount of oversizing. Sensors which recognize, for example in the wing not externally visible structural damage at an early stage can reduce the inspection effort. The operational safety of the structure is ensured by the design and inspections at regular intervals manually. Through automated monitoring with additional structure integrated sensors can be saved in future costs and weight.

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It’s all a façade – Composites in the building industry

Juli 19th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Allgemein, Architecture, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Resources, Technology | No Comments »

One of the most established uses for composites is in the building industry. It has made use of fibre-reinforced structures for over 30 years now. The reason is that these fibre composite materials are suitable for use in countless building and construction applications. Pipes, sleepers, boards, blocks, linings, mats, cladding, posts, foundations, tanks, housings, containers, doors, coatings, shafts, adhesives, coverings, banks, bricks, boxes, walls, basins, frames, steps, gutters – the possibilities are virtually endless.

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Harke Chemicals sponsors Bodensee Racing Team

Juli 6th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Business, Engineering, Exhibitors, Innovation, Sports industry, Technology | No Comments »

The Bodensee Racing Team, or in short BRT, is sponsored amongst others by Harke Chemicals this year. It is one of the teams that takes part in this year’s Formula Student, a competition where students from all over the world compete against each other in self-constructed racing cars. “The contact to the Bodensee Racing Team was established during a booth conversation at the Composites Europe 2009 in Stuttgart, on which we presented epoxy resin systems. After the students from Konstanz had introduced us to the project we immediately decided to sponsor the team with our epoxy resins”, says Dirk Forler, Managing
Director of Harke Chemicals GmbH.

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Tomorrow’s employees – Recruitment in the composites industry

Juli 2nd, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Composite production, Engineering, General, Innovation, Resources, Technology | No Comments »

11 March this year saw the launch of the new international „Composites“ Masters course, being held in English, at the Private University of Applied Sciences in Göttingen.  This means that now, for the first time in Europe, there is a course of studies aimed at resolving the international shortage of graduates in fibre-reinforced plastics. 21 engineers from Spain, France, the United Kingdom, India and Germany will now become experts in carbon composites during the three-semester course.


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