Cellulosic fibre composites

Besides addressing common natural fibres such as flax and hemp, the Fibre-Reinforced Composites unit also examines possibilities for using short cellulosic fibers (cellulose for manufacturing thermoplastic composites – e.g. PP composites). The materials developed as a result of these studies offer the benefits of natural fibre composites (NFCs), while at the same time minimizing some of their known drawbacks:

The advantages cellulosic fibre composites offer over other NFCs

  • Clean industrial manufactured fibre material
  • Very good availability of the fibre material
  • Reproducible composite properties
  • High composite impact resistance
  • More favourable emission values

Like NFCs, cellulosic fibre composites can be processed using a moulding technique and then used in the automotive industry in door panels, for example.

 

Technical equipment

 

  • Laboratory presses up to a plate size of 900 x 600 mm with 2000 kN clamping force
  • LFT-D system for direct incorporation of reinforcement fibres into melted polymers for impact-extrusion processes
  • Wet-laid non-woven equipment (working width: 300 mm)