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"Textile Plastic Composites and Hybrid Compounds"
The Endowed Chair was installed in 2012 as a part of the InnoProfile Transfer Project “Multicomponent injection moulding for structurally variable textile-reinforced composite component, PaFaTherm II”. After Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Helbig having left the project, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Daisy Julia Nestler took over the role of chairperson by 1 October 2016 and Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Tröltzsch became manager of the research field „Textile Plastic Composites“.
The Chair’s researchers unite the fields of textile technology, construction of textile machinery, mechanical engineering, plastic technology and mechanics, working as an interdisciplinary team. The main focus of the research is on the merging of supply chains in textile and plastic processing for the mass production of textile-reinforced plastic composites.
In the wake of the change in management, competencies in the fields of metal- and ceramics-based composite materials and material compounds have enlarged the scope. Again, the main focus is on the innovative mass production of new material systems. The Chair takes active part in the Federal Cluster of Excellency MERGE, contributing to the Research Field “Semi-finished products and preform technologies” (Mass production of high-modulus strength hybrid laminates, SP A1 and A3) as well as other subprojects (C5, B5).
Transfers of knowledge and technology from research into strategic cooperative endeavours with commerce and industry create a common ground for innovations in technology and product development. At the core of our research interest is the implementation of the demand for sustainability, conserving resources and energy efficiency in mainly textile-based lightweight technologies and products.
The Chair is collaborating closely with the Department of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology as well as the Institute of Lightweight Structures. A wide network supports the Chair’s work, consisting of e.g. the Chair’s founders, the two affiliated institutes Cetex (Institute for Textile and Processing Machinery) and STFI (Saxon Textile Research Institute) as well as many other companies and research facilities. Complex technical and social demands can only be met using innovative material systems and technologies. Their success depends on the effective linking of various disciplines in order to achieve integrated material concepts and process chains.