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Research project

KraussMaffei Berstorff GmbH (KMB) has been showing its continued interest in pushing the needs-oriented development of biopolymer materials for long-life technical applications together with the IfBB at the Hochschule Hannover.

The project aims to determine the relevant extrusion parameters for natural-fibre compounding. Another aim is to examine those influential factors which arise as a result of adding the natural fibres (in this case cellulose fibres). Such factors include, for example, L/D ratio, fibre origin, fibre pre-treatment, or width of distribution.

Biopolymer materials are currently used mainly in the packaging industry. In recent years, however, there has been a growing tendency toward bio-based plastics for long-life applications.

Quelle: Schüco

The purpose of this project, conducted in cooperation with Schüco International KG, is to utilize the combined knowledge of both partners in order to introduce bioplastic materials fully or partially as a substitute for conventional plastics. For their special fields of application, Schüco products call for bio-materials which meet the highest technical standards, whose material properties measure up to those of the conventional material which is up for replacement. This includes, for example, extensive longevity, climatic and thermal stability, and high mechanical resilience.

Source: IfBB

Due to their appealing mechanical properties, natural-fibre reinforced plastics offer an attractive solution for the automotive industry to face the ever growing interest in regenerative materials. Each automobile component must be precisely calculable at any point in the development process and thus provide continuous computational proof, by means of numerical simulation, of its production safety and functionality.