Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie ICT

Postfach 12 40, 76318 Pfinztal
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 7, 76327 Pfinztal
Telephone +49 721 4640-0
Fax +49 721 4640-111


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  • 04  Services for the plastics and rubber industrie
  • 04.06  Science and consulting

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In the Polymer Engineering Department our experienced researchers carry out intensive application-oriented research in the fields of plastics and pilot-level product development. In thematically-focused research groups they develop new processes and materials in order to produce lightweight structural and semi-structural plastic components. Emphasis is placed on energy- and resource-efficient manufacturing processes for the large-scale production of lightweight structures in the mechanical engineering and vehicle construction sectors.

Research in the field of thermoplastic processing is currently based on three approaches: the direct processing of long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (LFT-D) in combination with compression molding (LFT-D-CM) and injection molding technology (injection-molding compounding process LFT-D-IM), the processing and functionalization of local continuous-fiber reinforcements, and thermoplastic foam injection molding using chemical and physical blowing agents.

Material development plays an important role in the day-to-day research work. The researchers in the Polymer Engineering Department aim to produce compounds with exceptional properties. In the field of nanotechnology, for instance, the electrical conductivity of the material is tested, or novel processes are developed, for example to reduce unpleasant smells or to incorporate natural materials without damaging them. The broad and continually widening application spectrum for particle foam components, and the high demands placed on them, increasingly require tailored, high-quality material combinations and processing technologies.

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The Polymer Engineering Department at the Fraunhofer ICT plays an important role in the application-oriented development of polymer components. Together with partners and customers, our researchers develop novel combined processing steps and continually expand the application profiles of modern polymer materials. Through long-standing collaboration with industrial companies and public funding bodies we have gained the necessary knowledge and experience to offer individual and specific solutions to our customers. Due to the close collaboration of the ICT's individual departments, complex tasks can be considered holistically and optimized to system solutions.

Working for and with an international network of partners and customers, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft carries out applied research that drives economic developments and serves the wider benefit of society. The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT is one of the 66 institutes that currently make up the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Beside contractual research for industry, the Fraunhofer ICT also works together with commercial enterprises in research projects co-funded by the German government and the European Union.

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