Fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) are becoming more important for a wide variety of industries, e.g. automotive engineering. The need for efficient manufacturing and processing methods for these composites is increasing. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT invites interested parties to the “Laser in Composites Symposium” in Aachen on November 22, 2017 in collaboration with the experts of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL). Experts will inform industrial users in lectures and guided tours about the developments and applications in laser material processing of FRP. The symposium will also provide a forum for an exchange between research and industry.
Although the laser processes for lightweight construction applications developed in research have already been tested, the step towards industrial application has not yet been completed. This is because potential users still do not know enough about the possibilities for using laser technology in the field of composites.
Laser-based hybrid joint between an automobile door and an FRP reinforcement brace.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany
To counter this, specialists from the field of laser technology and process development would like to contribute to a deeper understanding of this technology in the first “Laser in Composites Symposium” in order to present new possibilities to potential users.
In eight English-speaking specialist lectures, these specialists will inform executives and production engineers as well as stakeholders from the fields of laser and processing technology, design and automation about the potential of laser processes for lightweight construction in the automotive industry, aviation and electromobility.
There are numerous ways to apply lasers in the production of components made of composite materials: for example, they can be used for cutting, ablation and drilling of fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) and prepregs or for joining dissimilar materials, such as FRP with metals.
Also in the field of thermoplastic tape laying, lasers have advantages over conventional methods. Experts will present these processes as well as the associated possibilities for process control and quality assurance at the symposium.
Forming Networks and Experience Applications Live on the Lab Tour
The symposium will offer experts from science and industry the opportunity to exchange ideas in discussions about the current state of research as well as perspectives and future tasks of the laser processes for lightweight construction applications. On the final tour through the Fraunhofer ILT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering IPT laboratories and through the hall of the AZL, the participants can experience the processes live and make contacts with potential partners.
Learn more about the upcoming “Laser in Composites Symposium” and register online:
Kira van der Straeten M. Sc.
Micro Joining Group
Telephone +49 241 8906-158
Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Christoph Engelmann
Micro Joining Group
Telephone +49 241 8906-217
Petra Nolis M.A. | Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
Our digital society in 2040
16.01.2019 | Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft
11<sup>th</sup> International Symposium: “Advanced Battery Power – Kraftwerk Batterie” Aachen, 3-4 April 2019
14.01.2019 | Haus der Technik e.V.
The scientific and political community alike stress the importance of German Antarctic research
Joint Press Release from the BMBF and AWI
The Antarctic is a frigid continent south of the Antarctic Circle, where researchers are the only inhabitants. Despite the hostile conditions, here the Alfred...
World first experiments on sensor that may revolutionise everything from medical devices to unmanned vehicles
The new sensor - capable of detecting vibrations of living cells - may revolutionise everything from medical devices to unmanned vehicles.
Dead and alive at the same time? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have implemented Erwin Schrödinger’s paradoxical gedanken experiment employing an entangled atom-light state.
In 1935 Erwin Schrödinger formulated a thought experiment designed to capture the paradoxical nature of quantum physics. The crucial element of this gedanken...
Cellulose obtained from wood has amazing material properties. Empa researchers are now equipping the biodegradable material with additional functionalities to produce implants for cartilage diseases using 3D printing.
It all starts with an ear. Empa researcher Michael Hausmann removes the object shaped like a human ear from the 3D printer and explains:
The phenomenon of so-called superlubricity is known, but so far the explanation at the atomic level has been missing: for example, how does extremely low friction occur in bearings? Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes IWM and IWS jointly deciphered a universal mechanism of superlubricity for certain diamond-like carbon layers in combination with organic lubricants. Based on this knowledge, it is now possible to formulate design rules for supra lubricating layer-lubricant combinations. The results are presented in an article in Nature Communications, volume 10.
One of the most important prerequisites for sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility is minimizing friction. Research and industry have been dedicated...
16.01.2019 | Event News
14.01.2019 | Event News
12.12.2018 | Event News
18.01.2019 | Materials Sciences
18.01.2019 | Life Sciences
18.01.2019 | Health and Medicine