Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University

R&D Composite Center: Static/fatigue dimensioning; high-volume production thermosets/thermoplastics (mold/process/machine development); thermoplastic tape/prepreg production, thermoforming; liquid composite molding (RTM, wet pressing); thermoplastic/thermoset/foam injection molding; LFT/SMC/GMT compression molding and simulation; polyurethane technologies (foaming/non-foaming); additive manufacturing; certified testing laboratory; consulting/training/further education.

Seffenter Weg 201
Aachen, 52074 DE

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thermoplastic tapes in injection molded parts

AZL and IKV explore thermoplastic tapes in injection molded parts
Study explores how thermoplastic tapes might reduce costs and increase performance of injection molded parts.

iComposite 4.0 AZL Schuler press glass fiber spray deposition preform with local carbon fiber UD patches

iComposite 4.0 — cutting composites cost by 50%
An intelligent, integrated process using 3D fiber spraying, inline inspections/simulation and embedded RFID chips to cut scrap and rejections for structural HP-RTM epoxy parts.

Fiber reinforcement forms (2017)
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

CFK-Valley Stade Convention 2015 report
The composites industry in Germany is preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Fiber reinforcement forms (2015)
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

CAMISMA’s car seat back: Hybrid composite for high volume
Recycled fibers, in-situ polymerized PA12 and steel inserts combined in one-shot process to cut weight 40 percent at competitive cost, cycle time and safety.

SAMPE Seattle 2014 Report
The Society’s reconfigured Spring advanced materials event in Seattle, Wash., attracts speakers, exhibitors and attendees in large numbers and international dimensions.

ITA RWTH Aachen takes home JEC's 2013 Multifunctional Materials award
The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University's lightweight pitch-based carbon composite construction material weighs less than aluminum but is as thermally conductive as steel alloy.

Aachen University center will focus on production of lightweight structures
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) in Aachen, Germany, will research materials and processes for high-volume manufacturing serving the oil and gas, water, infrastructure, construction and automotive end markets.

IKV develops gap impregnation molding system for polyurethanes
The German research and development group Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) reports that it has worked with BASF to develop a gap impregnation process for the molding of fiber-reinforced polyurethane composite parts.

Ford demonstrates a carbon fiber hood part
Ford, working with Hightech.NRW research project, has developed a carbon fiber composite hood for the Ford Focus manufactured using a high-speed process that could be suitable for high-volume production.

Thermoplastic composites: Sustainable transport
Cyclic PBT oligomers used to mold Class 8 semitrailer bed via vacuum-bag processing.

Product Categories of Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University

Fabricating services
  • Thermoplastic materials
    • Autoclave cure
    • Coating and painting
    • Compression molding
    • Custom compounding and blending
    • Diaphragm forming
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Injection molding
    • Pressure forming
    • Prototyping
    • Pultrusion
    • Reaction injection molding (RIM)
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM)
    • Sprayup
    • Structural reaction injection molding (SRIM)
    • Surface treatment
    • Vacuum forming
    • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
    • Welding and sealing
    • Other thermoplastics fabricating services
  • Thermoset materials
    • Autoclave cure
    • Coating and painting
    • Compression molding
    • Custom compounding and blending
    • Diaphragm forming
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Injection molding
    • Pressure forming
    • Prototyping
    • Pultrusion
    • Reaction injection molding (RIM)
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM)
    • Sprayup
    • Structural reaction injection molding (SRIM)
    • Surface treatment
    • Vacuum forming
    • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
    • Welding and sealing
    • Other thermoset fabricating services
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, aircraft interior
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Automotive, interior (seats, IPCs, floor panels, etc.)
  • Automotive, underhood
  • Laminate panels, with core
  • Laminate sheets, solid
  • Marine, other
  • Pressure vessels
  • Profiles
  • Rods
  • Tubes
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Education/Training
  • Market research
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, materials
    • Consulting, process development
    • Consulting, structual design
  • Testing
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product
    • Testing, structural