Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT)

Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Strasse 7
Pfinztal (Berghausen) , 76327 DE



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AVK announces winners of 2020 Innovation Awards

AVK announces winners of 2020 Innovation Awards
Several sustainable composite innovations were recognized and awarded in the Innovative Products/Applications, Innovative Processes and Research and Science categories.

Demonstrating recyclable, bio-based autocomposites

Demonstrating recyclable, bio-based autocomposites
The ECOXY research consortium recently developed a demonstrator automotive part constructed from recyclable flax fiber and a specialized bio-based epoxy.

Composites industry events focus on recycled carbon fiber, filament winding

Composites industry events focus on recycled carbon fiber, filament winding
CETMA and Suez present a workshop on recycled carbon fiber, MF Tech announces global filament winding convention, and SAMPE 2020 abstracts are due Nov. 15.

Dieffenbacher, Arburg partner to offer combined injection/transfer molding process

Dieffenbacher, Arburg partner to offer combined injection/transfer molding process
The companies demonstrated their combined capabilities with a recent project to develop a modular injection/transfer molding cell to produce hybrid parts.

Automotive composites draw international crowd to Detroit

Automotive composites draw international crowd to Detroit
19th SPE ACCE features broad technology overview of evolving automotive composites industry.

composites simulation

Composites-focused engineering, simulation services company launches in Germany
Simutence GmbH, a company started by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology graduates, offers custom simulation methods to composites manufacturers across end markets.

Prototype of a hybrid seat structure made of self-reinforced PLA.

Bio4self bio-based autocomposite wins JEC Innovation Award
The Bio4self consortium has developed a bio-based and easily recyclable composite material. It is suitable for mechanically demanding components in the automotive industry.

Fraunhofer IPT hybrid steel/thermoplastic composite part, JEC World 2019

JEC World 2019 preview: Fraunhofer IPT
Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology (IPT, Aachen, Germany, 5/D17) is emphasizing work it did with Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT, Aachen) on the EU research project ComMUnion, in collaboration with 14 partners from industry, to develop industrial processes and solutions for hybrid lightweight design by combining metal and polymer-matrix composites for automotive and aerospace applications.

DEmiL project electric motor using fiber-reinforced plastic polymer

Reducing heat in EV motors via fiber-reinforced thermoset housing and stator
German researchers demonstrate fiber-reinforced phenolic motor housing and alumina-filled epoxy overmolded stator with integrated cooling circuits for reduced weight, increased power density and efficiency.

hybrid composite battery-electric veicle structure

Continuous tapes, D-LFT meet up in new compression molding process
Design research for an automotive load floor module drove development of a new compression molding process for direct-long-fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT) composites.

hybrid composite rear load floor for battery-electric vehicle

Hybrid thermoplastics give load floor impact strength
Project leads to development of new compression process for selective application of D-LFT on UD tape laminates.

Lightweighting summit: Targeting composites auto powertrain opportunities
The Lightweight Composites Solution Conference, held May 17 in Gent, Belgium, focused on materials and designs for reducing automotive powertrain weight.

PAN fiber precursor

Fraunhofer presents melt-spinning technology for carbon fiber precursor manufacture
New ComCarbon PAN-based precursor technology will reportedly make it possible to produce carbon fibers at low cost for the mass market.

Composites Overmolding conference agenda set
The Composites Overmolding 2018 conference will be held June 13-14, 2018, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Diamond Center, in Novi, Michigan.

Fraunhofer ICT in-mold pressure sensors for HP-RTM
Pressure sensor-based mold fill expected to maximize part consistency and minimize cycle time for auto industry molders.

Plant Tour: Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, Germany
This wide-ranging research center works with government and industry to develop the best of polymer composite processing, across a range of technologies.

A look inside Fraunhofer ICT
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Munich, Germany) is the largest applied research organization in Europe, with more than 67 institutes and research units located throughout Germany staffed by 24,500 people, mostly scientists and engineers. CW recently got a chance to tour one, Fraunhofer ICT in Pfintzal, Germany. 

SMC seat frame

SMC: Old dog, more tricks
In the sheet molding compound renaissance, the advent of new resins and compounds are broadening the definition and application of this versatile family of composites.

Wait, wait, there’s more: JEC 2017

Wait, wait, there’s more: JEC 2017
There’s never enough time to see everything at the JEC World event, and this year the problem was even worse. Here’s more information on new products and companies, from Paris…

Another opportunity to meet, and learn, in Paris

Another opportunity to meet, and learn, in Paris
At the JEC World 2017, improvements in materials and processes were present at nearly every stand, with the emphasis on automotive-capable production speeds.

Recyclable epoxy proven in HP-RTM

Recyclable epoxy proven in HP-RTM
Recyclamine hardener performs well in global processing trials and cradle-to-cradle recycling demo.

Product Categories of Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT)

Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, aircraft interior
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Carbon/carbon composites
  • Infrastructure, composite
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, environmental
    • Consulting, materials
    • Consulting, process development
  • Testing
    • Testing, environmental
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product
    • Testing, structural