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Technische Universität Clausthal Institut für Polymer­werkstoffe und Kunststoff­technik

Street: Agricolastraße 6
Zip-Code: 38678
City: Clausthal-Zellerfeld
Website: www.puk.tu-clausthal.de

Long Description: 

The Institute for Polymer Materials and Plastics Engineering (PuK) was founded at Clausthal University of Technology in 1998. Currently a staff of 23 researchers works at the Institute. In their research they focus on the fields of melt processes, natural fiber reinforced plastics, and advanced composites. Within the composites group the emphasis lies on modelling and simulation-based optimization of flow processes of synthetic resins. The required material parameters are obtained through a variety of experiments. Employing modern methods for material characterization such as thermal analysis and rheology, mechanical testing, or our in-house solution for permeability measurements we have a strong basis for a profound comprehension of these complex processes. A wide range of industrial grade production processes is available at the institute: RTM, filament winding, autoclave technology, hot-pressing and injection molding.

Products + Services:

  • measurement of permeability: 1D/2D, (un-)sheared, FVC, influence of binder
  • resin characterization: reaction kinetics, thermo-rheology
  • flow simulation (VARI, RTM)
  • mechanical testing
  • manufacturing of prototypes

Value-Added Steps

Process Simulation
Manufacturing Processes
Training & Education
Recycling

Branches

Aerospace
Aerospace
Wind Energy
Wind Energy
Automotive Construction
Automotive Construction
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Misc.
Misc.

Competence Description: 

  • Research and development in the fields of modern processing technologies for (reinforced) thermoplastic and thermosetting materials along the entire process chain
  • Textile characterization, focussed on permeability and compaction measurements (e.g. effects of textile shear or binder application)
  • Resin characterization using thermal and rheological analysis
  • Modelling and simulation of FRP-processes
  • Renewable resource materials and natural fiber-reinforced polymers
  • Highly filled and functionalized polymer systems and micro injection moulding

Keywords:

  • materials research
  • process development
  • characterization of resin systems
  • permeability