Lab-scale high volume fabrication of lightweight thermoplastic composites
The feasibility of processes suited for high volume fabrication of lightweight thermoplastic composites has been assessed and demonstrated in the laboratory. Methods tested include low viscosity melt impregnation (in-plane and out-of-plane) and direct consolidation hybrid yarn. The characterization of first prototype materials has started.
Successful fabrication of a new bioinspired composite
The developed approach for the fabrication of high-performance composites involves the magnetic assembly of TiO2-coated alumina platelets into ceramic green bodies exhibiting a brick and mortar microstructure. Subsequent hot-pressing produces interconnected mineral scaffolds and infiltration with an organic phase to form a nacre-like composite material.