Since its foundation, the Institute for Composite Materials has placed a particular focus on the field of thermoplastic fiber reinforced composites. In the past years, this orientation has been consistently strengthened and further developed for thermoplastic composites of more than regional significance. The expertise built up over many years is incorporated into new developments along the entire process chain of thermoplastic FRP. The state government of Rhineland-Palatinate has awarded a grant to IVW for a new EFRE project titled “TTC – Technology Center for Thermoplastic Composites. From semi-finished product to molded part - highly efficient”. With this project, which forms the structure for the technology location Kaiserslautern, the institute is given the opportunity to procure an innovative research infrastructure that will enable its scientists - together with the Science Alliance - to conduct research for the composite materials of the future at the highest level in the coming years.
Thermoplastic FRP are a particular focus of IVW's research.
The scientific processing of a large number of public and bilateral projects with the focus on “Thermoplastic FKV” also provides the basis for the further expansion of our expertise. The work in the field of standardization of test methods for thermoplastic FKV should also be emphasized here. Together with material manufacturers, standard test methods are being developed to ensure even better comparability of materials from different manufacturers. In addition to research projects in this field, IVW also plays a leading role in working groups and networks, e.g. the working group for the characterization of UD tapes and organic sheets of the AVK and the working group “Thermoplastics” of the Composites United e.V. Together with our spin-offs we are also working in the area of tape processing. With our leading researchers regularly conducting seminars in the field of thermoplastic FRP in Augsburg and Stade, the competencies of our institute are also involved in teaching nationwide.