What’s in plastic waste? New options for analyzing plastic waste

Plastics have become indispensable to our everyday lives. Lubey AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS from Halle (Saale) would like to develop a process that enables better analysis of plastics and plastic mixtures and can thus improve the possibilities for recycling.

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Improved 3D printing thanks to partially crystalline polymers

3D printing is conquering more and more fields of application and market segments. However, there are still many limitations in the production of sophisticated plastic components from these materials. A research consortium consisting of the Fraunhofer IMWS, the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) would like to pave the way for additively manufactured plastic components in new fields of application.

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Basalt fiber-reinforced plastics for automotive applications

Basalt is not only a suitable material for road construction or building facades. The natural rock can also be used as a reinforcing fiber in thermoplastic composite materials. This is the result of a joint research project of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and Deutsche Basaltfaser DBF GmbH.

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3D printing with fiber-reinforced plastics designed for load paths

The ASW, the FBZ as an affiliated institute of the Merseburg University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS would like to open up new fields of application for plastic-based and fiber-reinforced 3D printing for the development of an innovative manufacturing technology for component production.

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Efficient sandwich lightweight structures with high surface quality

Fiber composite plastics and the sandwich construction method enable enormous weight savings in the implementation of highly loadable structural components. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS, four companies are developing solutions and processes for manufacturing and quality testing.

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Polymer Applications

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Matthias Zscheyge, Peter Michel and Ivonne Jahn (from left) test UD tapes.

We work on issues regarding polymer processing and optimization of polymer materials. The aim of our work is to achieve improved energy and resource efficiency by using the materials and processes developed by us on an industrial scale. Our clients in the field of mobility applications, i.e. cars, aircraft and rail vehicles, profit from our work just as much as companies in the plastics or polymer industry and in mechanical engineering.

We supply solutions, for example, for thermoplastic-based lightweight construction, tyre applications or the use of bio-based polymers in high-volume production. We consider the entire value-adding chain, from the microstructure of the material through to the tailormade component. We develop on a small scale and, among other things, in the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ we have plants up to industrial scale and can carry out prototype mould validation.

Our know-how includes:

Raw material selection
Microstructure design
Processing technology
Characterization of material properties on a laboratory, test centre and pilot plant scale
Analysis of component properties, including predicting their behavior in use
Modelling and simulation
Process development