With the certification cource „ Fibre Reinforced Polymers“ the German Aerospace Academy ASA and the Steinbeis University Berlin want to contribute to the innovation capacity of German companies and their competitiveness internationally. Specialists from the international well known research Institute for Textile and Process Technology (ITV) in Denkendorf impart fundamental knowledge on materials, production methods and structural design for the successful marketing of this new and challenging class of products.
Fibre reinforced composite parts combine low weight with high stiffness and strength, high vibration damping, (crash) energy absorption and fatigue strength. Because of the high potential for lightweight products and thus reduction of energy consumption there is a high demand for FRP’s with high annual growth rates. The low density and the adjustability of the mechanical properties enable weight savings of 60% compared to steel and 25% compared to aluminia, especially when the part-design with fibre lay up is fine tuned according to the external forces and the optimal fibre- and matrix materials used.
Because of higher material cost and usually higher production cost the overall cost of FRP’s seem to be higher than metal products. However FRP’s can actually be cost effective, when along with the low weight other advantages e.g. corrosion resistance, high design freedom, low thermal expansion and low processing / tooling cost are taken into consideration.
Production of FRP’s need low temperature and low pressure. Therefore, tooling cost are considerably lower than metal tooling costs and short fibre reinforced polymer semi-structural parts can be produced widely automated and cost effective with SMC/GMT, RIM, D-LFT oder Fibre spraying in medium sice series.
Highly loaded structural parts for aerospace, wind energy, automotive, sporting goods and building industry which need part-length fibres from endless-fibre prepregs or textiles are still produced with a high amount of manual labor and less automation. Thus, the quality of the parts is highly depended from the ability and the attitude to work of the workmen. Futhermore, manual labor is very expensive in the developed countries. Therefore the production of many structural parts – also for aerospace – is transferred already to Asia or Latain America.
The biggest challenge for industry in countries with high labor costs will be the fast advance of the automation of FRP-production. The actual social pressure on the automotive industry to decrease fuel consumption and pollutant emission has pushed this industy to be the main driving force to develop new automated cost effective serial procuction methods. Along with the newly developed High-Pressure Resin- Transfer-Method, the techniques using textiles and the “direct-techniques” like the cost effective pultrusion and braiding will have an increased significance
In the past, a negative issue was the Life Cycle Analysis of FRP’s with the absence of recycling concepts. Today the use of thermoplastic matrix materials and new recycling techniques allow the recycling of thermoset matix composites.
With an intended increasing in performance FRP’s will be an adequate alternative to metals, especially if this goes along with advancements in thermoset and thermoplastic chemistry and further knowledge regarding long time behaviour and failure mechanisms.
The manifold activities in industry and research show, that FRP’s are well established, increasingly substituting metals. Companies which meet the challenges of FRP’s and provide a complimentary portfolio of both metallic, FRP and hybrid materials and parts produced with the state of the art techniques for lightweight parts can sustainable secure and increase their international competitiveness. The necessary qualification for this offers the certificaltion Course „Fibre Reinforced Polymers “of the Steinbeis University.
this course is intended for graduate and advanced engineers, managers and professionals who are interested in gaining or extending their knowledge in the field of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP). It is equally suitable for specialists to broaden their knowledge base and for newcomers in this domain.
This 4 day certification course gives an insight into state of the art methodologies, technologies and its applications in Fibre Reinforced Polymers. It is covering a selected range of key topics associated with practical experience in this field. The three-day seminar is supplemented by a one-day practical training at the Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering (ITV) Denkendorf (near Stuttgart). The Course Fibre Reinforced Polymers is divided into the following modules:
M 1: Introduction
• Definition, applications, motivation, challenges
• Examples, history
M 2: Basic Materials
• Mineral and natural reinforcing fibres
• Matrices: thermoset, thermoplastic
• Core materials: Foam, honeycombs, wood, textiles
M 3: Production of thermoset-matrix composite parts: wet lay-up, Vacuum bagging
• Wet lamination / hand lay-up
• Vacuum bagging and autoclave technology
• VARI: resin infusion with Vacuum bagging
• VAP: process variant of the VARI technique
M 4: Prepreg techniques
• Unidirectional (UD), woven fabric or braided thermoset
• Chopped Fibre thermoset (SMC) and thermoplastic (GMT)
M 5: Thermoset-Impregnation and Consolidation of fibre mats and textiles
• Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM)
• Reaction Injection Moulding (RIM)
M 6: Production of textiles
• 2D-Techniques: Weaving, Braiding, Knitting
• 3D-Techniques: NCF’s, 3D-Weaving, 3D-Braiding
• Gradient Techniques: Tow and Tailored-Fibre-Placement
M 7: Direct Techniques
• Winding, Fibre/Tow Placement, Centrifuge technique
• Braiding, Injection moulding, Pultrusion
• DLFT, DLFT-IMC
M 8: Finishing, cutting processes, connecting technique
• Cutting processes, finishing: Water Jet, Laser and mechanical cutting
• Connecting techniques, repair: Pin joints, gluing, welding, clinching, nailing, punch riveting
M 9: Recycling
• Glass fibre FRP
• Carbon fibre FRP
M 10: Practical Training at the ITV in Denkendorf
• Detailed hands-on information of textile processes: spinning, braiding, weaving, nonwoven, comingling
• Hand lay-up and vacuum bagging
• Live Pultrusion processing
• Thermoset and thermoplastic matrix processing
• Static and dynamic testing methods and components
After successful completion of the certification course by a written test, the participant will receive a certificate of the Steinbeis University Berlin, signed by its president. The grading of the certificate will be based on the results of the written test. The course will be credited with 2 internationally accepted credit points.
This certification course is open for all participants with a technical background or interest.
…Benefit for the participant
• You will gain essential competences in the innovative and trend-setting technology of FRP
• You will enhance your career opportunities with the certificate of the Steinbeis-University
• You will be attested high theoretical and practical knowledge by the certificate
…Benefit for the company
• The company will be supported in its pursuit of sustainability and professionalism
• The company will get a variety of opportunities to run new product developments by adapting FRP technologies
• The company will directly profit from the personnel skilled in theory and practice of FRP applications
Dr.-Ing. Markus Milwich
Dr. Milwich is a leading expert in the field of Fibre Reinforced Polymers for many years and an experienced lecturer. He is head of the Fibre Composite Materials division of the Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering (ITV) Denkendorf.
Offering price 2.450, – Euro (plus tax)
The fee includes lunch, coffee / tea and biscuits during breaks.
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