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Research project

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.

Source: IfBB

There has been a growing interest in biopolymers over some time, especially with regard to sustainability. The fact is, however, that very limited technical information is available regarding conventional uses of biopolymers.

Source: IfBB

In cooperation with BASF SE and VICTOR Güthoff & Partner GmbH, the IfBB is conducting research to investigate the influence of biodegradable plastic materials, in particular Ecoflex and Ecovio, on the recycling behaviour of LD PE as a typical foil material.

In recent years biopolymers, including their production and applications, have been receiving greatly increased attention among the plastics industry. End-of-life options for biopolymers, however, continue to focus on composting only. It is time, therefore, to investigate alternative disposal options, which allow cascade usage and thus have a higher potential for sustainability.