Textechno and the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden have won the prestigious JEC World Innovation Award 2016 for “A new testing system to access the properties of the fibre to matrix interface.”
The celebration of the JEC award winners took place on 8 March 2016 at JEC World in Paris, France.
Textechno says that the quality of a composite laminate, especially the stiffness, is highly dependent on a good adhesion strength between the reinforcing fibre such as glass or carbon fibre and the polymer matrix. To accurately and reliably measure the bonding between fibres and resins, Textechno explains that it has developed FIMATEST, a system that is commercially available consisting of the two devices: FIMABOND, which is a partially automated embedding station, suitable for all fibres and resins systems, as well as the high precision pull-out tester FAVIMAT+, which can also be used for single filament linear density and tensile testing.
Dr. Ulrich Mörschel, CEO of Textechno stated, “The FIMATEST system is a new building block for testing the quality of composite laminates with glass or carbon fibre reinforcement. This development was possible through an excellent collaboration with the well-known expert Professor Edith Mäder from the Dresden Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research who contributed the knowledge of the micromechanical behaviour.”
Dr. Michael Effing, CEO of AMAC and Advisor for Composite Materials to Textechno, added, “The Composite market is continuously growing and requires world-class testing systems measuring the quality of the products. The fibre matrix interface is a key feature for mechanical performance. I am very pleased that Textechno has developed this system in a very short time frame and can already present it at the JEC. The first system has been delivered already to the new Fraunhofer ICT Institute for Structural Lightweight in Augsburg, Germany and another unit has been sold to a glass fibre producer in the US.”