Plastics

  • Flexible OLEDs glowing from first European open access pilot line

    Flexible OLED on plastic web. Fraunhofer FEP

    Fraunhofer FEP has extensive and long lasting expertise and know-how in operation of its R&D lines for manufacturing of OLED lighting devices. As one of the core team partners within the European pilot line project PI-SCALE Fraunhofer FEP presents first demonstrators of flexible OLED out from this project. The demonstrators represent results from first pilot line production within the PI-SCALE project at the IDW 23rd International Display Workshops in Fukuoka, Japan, from December 7 – 9, 2016 on 4th floor, booth no. 13.

  • IfBB präsentiert aktuelle Zahlen zum Biokunststoffmarkt

    Aktuelle Fakten aus dem Biokunststoffsektor bietet die neue Ausgabe von „Biopolymers – facts and statistics“. IfBB

    (Hannover, 28.11.2016) Auch 2016 veröffentlicht das IfBB – Institut für Biokunststoffe und Bioverbundwerkstoffe wieder neue Daten zu Markt, Rohstoff- sowie Flächenbedarf von Biokunststoffen. Die Veröffentlichung enthält zudem viele weitere Informationen und steht ab 29. November kostenfrei zum Download zur Verfügung. Am 29. November erscheint die neue Auflage der IfBB-Broschüre „Biopolymers – facts and statistics“. Die Broschüre bietet einen schnellen und gut verständlichen Überblick der aktuellen marktrelevanten und technischen Fakten im Biokunststoffsektor: Vergleichende Marktzahlen zu einzelnen Werkstoffen, Regionen, Anwendungen, Prozessrouten, Agrarflächenbedarf oder Ressourcen- und Wasserverbrauch, Produktionskapazitäten, geographische Verteilung, Anwendungen, usw. sind übersichtlich in Grafiken und Diagrammen aufbereitet. Die Broschüre ist kostenlos erhältlich.

  • LZH optimizes laser-based CFRP reworking for the aircraft industry

    Repair preparation of a CFRP aircraft component through layer-by-layer laser removal of the damaged material areas. Foto: LZH

    To be able to rework aircraft components made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) more efficiently in the future, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has started the joint research project ReWork together with the INVENT GmbH, OWITA GmbH und Precitec Optronik GmbH. The aim of the project is to develop a reliable process for thin-walled and complex CFRP components. Today, many aircraft components are made of the lightweight material CFRP. Advantages of this material are the low weight and the high stability. The processing of this material, however, is still difficult. Therefore, in order to eliminate production- and operation-related defects in a faster and more cost-efficient way, the aircraft industry requires a reliable solution.

  • PolyPhotonics project starts: Fraunhofer HHI and partners develop market-ready polymer chips

    Fantastic plastic data outlet of the future: Optic transceiver made mostly from plastic. © Fraunhofer HHI

    "Great in Optics – Small in Size!" The growing core of the “PolyPhotonics” Innovation Initiative will take this motto to the global communications market. The project is part of the “Regional Enterprise Initiative” of the German Federal Ministry of Research. The consortium develops the value chain for the creation of a new technology platform. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI coordinates the project.

  • Precise laser drilling of CFRP components in large quantities

    Laser-drilled holes in an aircraft component made of CFRP.

    In a new joint research project, four enterprises and the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) aim at further developing the laser drilling of composites for series production in the aircraft industry. Their focus is on designing an efficient system and process technique that meets the demands of aviation. Composites, such as carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), have a high potential for lightweight construction and are therefore already now widely used in aviation. These materials, however, have extraordinary properties, such as a low weight and high stability at the same time, but processing composites is quite complex. Here, mechanical processes lead to high tool wear and thus to quality problems.

  • Thermoplastische elektrisch leitfähige Materialien

    Unstrukturierte flexible Bipolarplatte.   Fraunhofer UMSICHT

    Fraunhofer UMSICHT entwickelt neuartige flexible Compounds auf Kunststoffbasis für den Einsatz in elektrischen, elektrochemischen und mechanischen Anwendungen. Diese und weitere Highlights aus der Biokunststoffforschung gibt es vom 19. bis 25. Oktober auf der »K 2016« zu sehen.