3D Light Trans
Our missionThe 3D-LightTrans low-cost manufacturing chain will make textile reinforced composites affordable for mass production of components, fulfilling increasing requirements on performance, light weight and added value of the final product in all market sectors.

First year results

Within the first year of the project, hybrid air mingled yarns with different glass rovings and PP, PA, PET/PES as matrix material (tensile modulus of 30 to 36 GPA for a mixture ratio of 70:30 with E-Glass) have been produced. The properties and behaviour of glass-PP fibre have been modelled, simulated and tested. Different solutions are currently being considered in order to decrease abrasion and ageing and to improve adhesion. On the other hand, several multilayered and 3D-shaped fabrics have been realised with different weave architecture. Modified machines are now available in TU-Dresden (rapier looms with heddle frames and jacquard, adapted for weaving hollow structures), and specific developments on loom for full automation are on-going at Michel Van de Wiele. Further, micro-CT results are available and 3D-Finite Elements simulation of the unit cell is on-going. Finally, work is also on going in the process steps of local reinforcement, pre-fixation and draping. First thermoformed test parts are available, and process simulation and part characterization on-going.


Project Coordinator

Dr. Marianne Hoerlesberger, AIT

Exploitation & Dissemination Manager

Dr. Ana Almansa Martin, Xedera

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