Flexible Technologies for Production of individualised CFRP-Structures


This project pursues the establishment of an interdisciplinary research focus “individualized CFRP light-weight structures with the aid of flexible manufacturing technologies”. Overall, this research group is based on fundamental research projects as well as application-based research projects with industrial partners. This project is the second step of this local strategy and addresses the area of “local variant flexibility”

Within the interdisciplinary development process, the implementation of Continuous Wet Draping (CWD) and its assessment is carried out. This process requires a combination of the different core areas of expertise in the fields of structural development, new materials and autumation and production technoloy. The institutes involved in the project are recognized in their field and experienced in overcoming the additional challenges associated with an interdisciplinary collaboration.

The specific tasks to be developed or researched by the different partners are therefore derived from the expertise of the respective partner:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][list color=”black”]

  • Development of a method for the implementation of individualization into the integrated structure and production design process (IFL)
  • Development and research of a method and a module for the targeted application of matix systems onto carbon fiber fabrics (PuK)
  • Evaluation of the novel CWD technology for flexible production of inidviualized stiffening structures in the context of the integrated design process of structure and production (IFL)
  • Reasearch and specific manipulation of the draping behavior of carbon fiber fabrics with locally variable properties on complexly curved  surfaces (PuK)
  • Development and research of a method and modules for draping variable carbon fiber fabrics on arbitrary and variable profiles (IFW)
  • Development and research of a method and its modules for the flexible stocking and on-line assembly of semi-finished CFRP products for flexible draping (IFW)

[/list][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The project „FlexProCFK“ is a cooperation between the Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, the Institute of Aircraft Design and Lightweight Structures (IFL) of the Technische Universität Braunschweig und the Institute of Polymer Materials and Plastics Engineering (PuK) of the Clausthal University of Technology. The aim of the project is to design and implement an innovative flexible manufacturing technology for the production of individualized CFRP structures. Within the project, Continuous Wet Draping is developed as a new production technology in carbon fiber fabrics are individually impregnated with resin and subsequently draped into complex geometries.


Duration: 2016-2019


Dr. Carsten Schmidt