The research group for thermoplastics processing is mainly concerned with process development for the large-scale processing of thermoplastics. Beside standard injection molding and extrusion processes, resource and energy-efficient one-stage direct processes are developed, for example to process long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) in combination with local continuous-fiber reinforcement.
The introduction of continuous reinforcement structures in the form of impregnated fabrics, non-woven textiles, UD tapes or coiled structures, can significantly improve the mechanical properties and at the same time minimize tendency to creep.
The combination of compounding with injection molding technology to form a single process provides plastic processors with new, innovative methods of improving mechanical properties.
Long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics offer a wide range of possibilities for the manufacture of semi-structural components.
Continuous-fiber-reinforced semi-finished products ensure operational safety even in highly loaded components. In order to develop this type of structural components, automated thermoplastic tape-laying technologies are one of our key fields of research.
In thermoplastic foam injection molding a blowing agent is introduced into the polymer melt, causing the molding compound to expand after injection into the mold cavity.