Thermoplastic processing

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.

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.

 

Long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics in direct injection molding processes (LFT-D-IM)

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 in direct compression molding processes (LFT-D-CM)

Long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics offer a wide range of possibilities for the manufacture of semi-structural components.

 

Thermoplastic tape laying

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.

 

Thermoplastic foam injection molding

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.

 

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