The objective of the project “Efficient Manufacturing Processes for Novel Natural Fibre Composites” is to rectify shortcomings in the manufacturing process and to expand the range of NFC applications through improved component and surface properties and through manufacturing processes designed to be competitive and suitable for the material at hand. Its central remit is therefore the research and development of intelligent, interlinked and efficient processes for the manufacture of efficient and resilient NFC components.

In order to achieve our objective, we have identified four focal research areas (FRA):

  • Innovative design and efficient manufacturing technologies for NFC hybrid structures suitable for lightweight design (Prof. S. Scholz, Prof. F Hentschel);
  • Environmentally compatible processes for the application of functional layers in repeatedly stressed NFC components (Prof. J. Weber);
  • Energetic optimization of energy-intensive processing steps in the manufacture of fibres and components (Prof. J. Meinert);
  • Process networking and data management in NFC processing (Prof. J. Lässig).

All four FRA are closely interlinked and represent the entire process chain in NFC component manufacture, from separated and functionalized fibres (see our other projects) to refined surfaces. Fig. 1 illustrates the process chain and the interdependency of the individual FRA within the intended project.

Being the recipient of the funding, HSZG benefits greatly from the personnel and material reinforcement of its focal research area “Materials, Structures, Surfaces” provided by the “UAS Impulse Programme”. It allows us to invest in state-of-the-art equipment, which in turn will make it possible to advance new manufacturing technologies in cooperation with our partners from industry and science. Finally, this increases the innovative capacity of our region with its many SMEs in the field of textiles and plastics processing.