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10-17-2011

German-Canadian Cooperation: Composites Research Center

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT), Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, and The University of Western Ontario (Western) in London, Ontario will work together on developing and processing composite materials for lightweight vehicles in the joint Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ Western (FPC@Western).

The main focus of research at the FPC@Western will therefore be fibre composites for lightweight construction in various markets and especially the automotive sector. Work will be oriented particularly towards the needs of the regional North American market. The FPC will be equipped with a state of the art hydraulic press with a maximum clamping force of 2,500 tons/tonnes suitable for research on parts in full industrial scale.

Material and process research will be carried out in processing technologies such as Direct-Sheet Molding Compounds (D-SMC), Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics (LFT) and High-Pressure Resin Transfer Molding (HP-RTM). The aim is the accelerated adoption of these high-volume composite technologies in industrial sectors such as the automotive and other transportation, machines and equipment supply, renewable energy, construction materials and aviation. Equipped with this full industrial scale processing equipment, and as a part of The University of Western Ontario, the FPC@Western offers collaboration from bilateral private-sector projects up to multilateral public-funded research projects.

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