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Development of advanced microwave and light-weight high-speed thermo-response mould technology for woven textile-reinforced thermoplastic components

Objective

The main objective of the AMITERM project is to develop two unique mould technologies to dramatically improve the energy balance in the production of large thermoplastic composite parts by heating mainly the resin and textile-structure and not the complete mould. The state-of-the art processes show serious disadvantages because of a very expensive energy balance and a bad economical and environmental view. This project overcomes this with the following proposed new technologies: JETex-Process with a specific non-metallic mould and rapid heating done by application of microwave energy. The fully penetrated textile structure is then polymerised. HTex-Process, where pre-impregnated 2D or 3D textile inserts and hybrid yarn structures are consolidated in a dynamic heating phase.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
2,Kasteelpartk Arenberg, 44
3001 Heverlee
Belgium

Participants (8)

CREE AG
Switzerland
Address
Zuerichstrasse 23C
2504 Biel-bienne
CYCLICS CORPORATION
United States
Address
University Place 1, Db229
12144 New York
EUROCARBON B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Dr. Nolenslaan 119C
725 Sittard
IFP SICOMP AB
Sweden
Address
Argongatan 30
43122 Moelndal
KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK BEINER KG
Germany
Address
1,Wilhelm-stölting-weg 1
32657 Lemgo
REGLOPLAS AG
Switzerland
Address

9006 Sankt Gallen
STEWART AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH LLC
United States
Address
Shotwell Drive 1260
77020 Houston
STRUCTOFORM SPRITZGIESSEN ANISOTROPER STRUKTURKOMPONENTEN GMBH
Germany
Address
336,Juelicher Strasse 336
52070 Aachen