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25.03.2021

Fraunhofer-Institute entwickeln neue Technologien für eine grüne Chemie

Produktionsketten defossilisieren sowie eine zirkuläre, treibhausgasneutrale Stoff- und Energiewandlung etablieren – die chemische Industrie hat sich in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit ehrgeizige Ziele gesetzt. Unterstützung bei diesem Prozess leisten ab sofort neun Institute der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: Im Leitprojekt ShaPID wollen sie ihre Forschungsaktivitäten für das Erreichen der Nachhaltigkeitsziele bündeln und gleichzeitig ihre Beziehungen zur Branche stärken.

»Konkret wollen wir zeigen, dass eine nachhaltige, grüne Chemie durch praxisnahe technologische Innovationen möglich ist«, erläutert Prof. Ulf-Peter Apfel vom Fraunhofer UMSICHT, einem der beteiligten Institute. »Auf Grundlage der international anerkannten „12 Principles of Green Chemistry“ wollen wir gemeinsam neue Methoden und Technologien entwickeln.« Im Fokus der Forschende stehen dabei vier komplementäre Bereiche: (1) die Synthese-, Reaktions- und Katalysetechnik, (2) die kontinuierliche Prozess- und Verfahrenstechnik, (3) die Modellierung, Simulation und Prozessoptimierung sowie (4) die Digitalisierung und Automation.

Produktionsketten defossilisieren sowie eine zirkuläre, treibhausgasneutrale Stoff- und Energiewandlung etablieren – die chemische Industrie hat sich in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit ehrgeizige Ziele gesetzt. Unterstützung bei diesem Prozess leisten ab sofort neun Institute der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: Im Leitprojekt ShaPID wollen sie ihre Forschungsaktivitäten für das Erreichen der Nachhaltigkeitsziele bündeln und gleichzeitig ihre Beziehungen zur Branche stärken.

»Konkret wollen wir zeigen, dass eine nachhaltige, grüne Chemie durch praxisnahe technologische Innovationen möglich ist«, erläutert Prof. Ulf-Peter Apfel vom Fraunhofer UMSICHT, einem der beteiligten Institute. »Auf Grundlage der international anerkannten „12 Principles of Green Chemistry“ wollen wir gemeinsam neue Methoden und Technologien entwickeln.« Im Fokus der Forschende stehen dabei vier komplementäre Bereiche: (1) die Synthese-, Reaktions- und Katalysetechnik, (2) die kontinuierliche Prozess- und Verfahrenstechnik, (3) die Modellierung, Simulation und Prozessoptimierung sowie (4) die Digitalisierung und Automation.

Vom grünen Rohstoff zum grünen Produkt
Die Anwendung der neuen Technologien und Methoden soll im technischen Maßstab an drei Referenzprozessen demonstriert werden, die unterschiedliche Produktsparten der Chemie adressieren: Bei »Green Plastics« geht es um die Gestaltung neuer Polymere aus CO2 und biogenen Rohstoffquellen, während bei »Green Monomers« energieeffiziente Synthesen von Monomeren aus nicht-fossilen Rohstoffen beleuchtet werden. Last but not least wird bei »Efficient Building Blocks« der Einsatz hochreaktiver Moleküle für die atomeffiziente Synthese untersucht. »Alle drei Prozesse beschreiten den Weg vom grünen Rohstoff über eine grüne Prozessführung bis hin zu grünen Produkten«, so Ulf-Peter Apfel. »Die Entwicklung wird eng sowohl von Life Cycle Assessments und Systemanalysen als auch von REACh-Bewertungen und (Öko-)Toxizitätsvorhersagen begleitet.«

Die Forschenden des Fraunhofer UMSICHT konzentrieren sich im Rahmen von ShaPID auf die Etablierung von Demonstratoren im Bereich »Green Monomers«. »Dabei geht es vor allem um die alternative Synthese von 1,4-Butadien und Diolen – allesamt wichtige Verbindungen für die chemische Industrie – aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen über neue thermische und elektrochemische Pfade«, erklärt Dr. Barbara Zeidler-Fandrich.

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Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT

13.11.2020

The AVK presents its awards virtually for the first time

The AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. – has once again announced the winners of its prestigious Innovation Awards. Decided by an expert jury, the awards recognise and honour sustainable innovations in three categories: “Innovative Products/Applications”, “Innovative Processes” and “Research and Science”.

Overview of all the winners in the three categories:

Category “Innovative Products/Applications”
1st Place: “Directly-cooled electric motor with integral lightweight housing made of fibre reinforced polymers - DEmiL” – developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, Pfinztal, Germany, in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.*

2nd Place: “Intrinsically Reprocessable, Repairable and Recyclable (3R) thermoset composites for more Competitive and Sustainable Industries” – developed by cidetec, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain*

The AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. – has once again announced the winners of its prestigious Innovation Awards. Decided by an expert jury, the awards recognise and honour sustainable innovations in three categories: “Innovative Products/Applications”, “Innovative Processes” and “Research and Science”.

Overview of all the winners in the three categories:

Category “Innovative Products/Applications”
1st Place: “Directly-cooled electric motor with integral lightweight housing made of fibre reinforced polymers - DEmiL” – developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, Pfinztal, Germany, in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.*

2nd Place: “Intrinsically Reprocessable, Repairable and Recyclable (3R) thermoset composites for more Competitive and Sustainable Industries” – developed by cidetec, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain*

3rd Place: “Fireproof composite metal hybrid structure – LEO® fire protection sandwich with integrated Hyconnect steel-glass hybrid connector” – developed by SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG and Hyconnect GmbH.*

Category “Innovative Processes”
1st Place: “Robotised Injection Moulding (ROBIN)” – developed by Robin, Dresden with the Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology at the TU Dresden*

2nd Place: “Omega stringer from the roll” – developed by the German Aerospace Center, Braunschweig*

3rd Place: “Hybrid die-casting – manufacturing of intrinsic CFRP-aluminium composite structures in aluminium high-pressure die-casting” – developed by Faserinstitut Bremen e. V. with Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen*

Category “Research and Science”:
1st Place: “New high-temperature resistant UP resins and toughening agents” – developed by Münster University of Applied Sciences with BASF SE Global New Business Development, Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research e. V., Saertex multicom GmbH*

2nd Place: “Scientific basis for the industrial application of the thermoplastic resin transfer moulding (T-RTM) process” – developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, Pfinztal*

3rd Place: “The material- and energy-efficient production of turbine struts by the integrative combination of thermoset fibre reinforced materials” – developed by the Institute of Polymer Technology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with the German Aerospace Center, Gubesch Group, Schmidt WFT, Siebenwurst, Raschig.

Award ceremony on the Internet for the first time
For the first time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the award ceremony took place as an online event on 12 November 2020. Many of the award winners’ innovations will be presented again in this year’s AVK Innovation Award brochure. This will be available online: https://www.avk-tv.de/innovationaward.php

 

*Please see attached document for more information.

 

Source:

AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V

(c) AZL Aachen GmbH
04.03.2019

AZL demonstrates new Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine at JEC World in Paris

After many years of successful cooperation on JEC World since 2015, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) renewed the cooperation with the JEC Group for 2019:

At the dedicated exhibition area called “Composites in Action - JEC Group in partnership with AZL” (Hall 5A, D17), AZL and its 9 Partner Institutes of RWTH Aachen University present their latest research and development results. The innovations covering the whole composite value chain including research results of AZL, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts as well as RWTH Aachen University institutes including the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), the Welding and Joining Institute (ISF), the “Institut für Textiltechnik” (ITA), the Institute for Automotive Engineering (IKA), the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design (SLA). Following companies are sponsoring partners of this booth and will present their latest products and services: Hille Engineering, Maru Hachi, TELENE and Textechno.

After many years of successful cooperation on JEC World since 2015, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) renewed the cooperation with the JEC Group for 2019:

At the dedicated exhibition area called “Composites in Action - JEC Group in partnership with AZL” (Hall 5A, D17), AZL and its 9 Partner Institutes of RWTH Aachen University present their latest research and development results. The innovations covering the whole composite value chain including research results of AZL, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts as well as RWTH Aachen University institutes including the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), the Welding and Joining Institute (ISF), the “Institut für Textiltechnik” (ITA), the Institute for Automotive Engineering (IKA), the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design (SLA). Following companies are sponsoring partners of this booth and will present their latest products and services: Hille Engineering, Maru Hachi, TELENE and Textechno.

This year, AZL is very proud to present a new machine system development at their booth:
The real machine setup of the “Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine” will be shown at the AZL booth (Hall 5A, D17) which is one of three finalists for the JEC AWARD 2019 in the category “Industry and Equipment”.

More information:
SMC, AZL, RWTH Aachen AZL
Source:

AZL Aachen GmbH

PrePro2D "PrePro 2D“ machine system for tape placement of tailored blanks and laminates with in-situ consolidation. (c) Fraunhofer IPT.
PrePro2D
16.02.2018

Commercialization of Fraunhofer´s tape-placement and tape winding systems

The two AZL Partners Conbility GmbH and Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen started their long-term cooperation for the further development and for the commercialization of Fraunhofer´s tape-placement and tape winding systems with in-situ-consolidation by the usage of laser or IR heat sources.

With this cooperation, the company Conbility GmbH makes 25 years of expertise in special machine development of tape placement systems of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT commercially available. Conbility offers two different tape processing systems available in different configurations.

The two AZL Partners Conbility GmbH and Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen started their long-term cooperation for the further development and for the commercialization of Fraunhofer´s tape-placement and tape winding systems with in-situ-consolidation by the usage of laser or IR heat sources.

With this cooperation, the company Conbility GmbH makes 25 years of expertise in special machine development of tape placement systems of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT commercially available. Conbility offers two different tape processing systems available in different configurations.

The “PrePro 2D” machine system allows for the automated tailored tape placement of UD laminates and which can be used for subsequent thermoforming or as stiffening structures in injection molding processes. The machine comprises a rotating and translational table which is moved relatively to the applicator station. The table is scalable according to the requirements of customers. Standard table diameters are 1200 mm or 2000 mm. The applicator station can be equipped with a single or with multiple spool applicators. Because of the large process area, a 9 kW IR heater is used for the in-situ-consolidation process.  
Three in one: Three technologies included in one single modular system
Furthermore, the award-winning “PrePro 3D” tape placement and winding applicator is available as modular product with decentral control system (including closed-loop control of energy input into the processing zone) for the “plug-in” implementation in existing robot systems or machine systems by standard interfaces for the communication with the master control system. Conbility provides the single applicator as well as turn-key ready systems including the robot and handling systems.

Unique selling point of the PrePro 3D system is its multifunctional range of usage: it accomplishes laser-assisted thermoplastic tape placement, IR-assisted thermoset prepreg placement and dry fiber placement: Three technologies included in one single modular system.  

During the JEC World in Paris (March 6th – 8th 2018), Conbility GmbH will present its new “VCSEL Tape Placement and Winding Applicator” (Fig. 3), developed in cooperation with Fraunhofer IPT and Philips Photonics at the AZL Composites in Action area (Hall 5A, C55).

VCSEL Laser Systems as heat source for lower investment and process costs
This applicator uses an integrated VCSEL Laser System as heat source which has been developed by Philips Photonics. This tape placement and winding applicator can also be integrated as modular “plug-in” system into industrial jointed-arm and linear gantry robots in variable manufacturing cells. Using the new VCSEL Laser as heat source (VCSEL: Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) leads to significant lower investment and process cost in comparison to other laser systems. Furthermore, the VCSEL laser system can accomplish controllable in-process adjustments of the laser-spot geometry as well as the intensity distribution within the spot size during the process (in-process control of laser-spot geometries and intensities) for the first time. The new system with 2 kW laser power and 10 separate emission zones which can be controlled separately will be shown at JEC World in Paris 2018 as new product of Conbility GmbH.