AVK Expert Task Force

Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics within the Automotive Industry

An expert task force managed by IVW and funded by industrial partners works on the efficient, robust, and uniform characterization of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics and their implementation into standards and material databases.

Continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics (cFRTP) are characterized by their enormous lightweight potential and are predestined for large-scale series (e.g. in the automobile industry) due to their material properties. The lack of comparable and efficiently determined material properties is, however, an obstacle for the application of cFRTP. Against this background, the AVK expert task force “continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics” is developing a standardization strategy for cFRTP (organo sheets and tapes) since its founding in June 2015. So far, a newly developed tensile specimen geometry as well as a complete test plan have emerged from this strategy. The test plan consistently defines the minimal set of necessary material properties, test conditions and test methods. Based on this test plan, the cFRTP material class was included in the CAMPUS material database. In this database, the defined material properties and curve data of different material manufacturers are publicly
accessible and downloadable since October 2019. The
 CAMPUS material database has been used by worldleading manufacturers and their customers for over 30 years. Until now only material data of injection molding materials was available in the database. Therefore, the enlargement of CAMPUS by the new material class represents a milestone for the spreading and digitalization of cFRTP.

This expert task force was initiated under the umbrella of AVK by the following companies:

  • Arkema
  • Covestro
  • DSM
  • Dupont
  • Evonik
  • Lanxess/Bond Laminates
  • Mitsui
  • Chemicals
  • Sabic
  • Solvay

Based on its experience and skills, IVW was selected by these companies to lead the task force to assemble the scientific questions and to find solutions for a transparent and effective standardization. The results are closely discussed with an OEM committee (BMW, Daimler, Ford, Opel/PSA,VW).

Field of competence

Industry sectors

Project status

  • Current

Contacts

Dr.-Ing.

David Scheliga

Postdoc Crash & Energy Absorption

Telephone: +49 631 2017 438

david.scheliga@ivw.uni-kl.de

Room: 58/244

Dr.-Ing.

Sebastian Schmeer

Deputy Research Director Component Development & Manager Crash & Energy Absorption

Telephone: +49 631 2017 322

sebastian.schmeer@ivw.uni-kl.de

Room: 58/239

Dipl.-Ing.

Florian Mischo

Scientific Staff Crash & Energy Absorption

Telephone: +49 631 2017 407

florian.mischo@ivw.uni-kl.de

Room: 58/240