Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT of Pfinztal at K 2019 in Düsseldorf -- K Trade Fair
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Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT

Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 7, 76327 Pfinztal

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Product category: Science and consulting

Directly-cooled electric motor made from polymer materials

Novel cooling concept for eco-friendly mobility
Making electric cars lighter also involves reducing the weight of the motor. One way to do that is by constructing it from fiber-reinforced polymer materials. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT are working together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT to develop a new cooling concept that will enable polymers to be used as motor housing materials. And that’s not the only advantage of the new cooling concept: it also significantly increases the power density and efficiency of the motor compared to the state of the art.

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Complex Geometry, High Strength, Solid

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New self-reinforced polylactide (PLA) composite materials

Self-reinforced PLA composite materials, which are being developed within the framework of the "Bio4self" project (funded by the EU’s research funding program H2020) open up completely new fields of application for the biobased plastic polylactide, or PLA for short.

The resource-efficient concept, which has significant application potential, won first prize in the "Sustainability" category at JEC 2019, Europe's largest trade fair for composite materials.

In the project, two different PLA types with different melting temperatures are combined to form a self-reinforced PLA composite (PLA SRPC) in such a way that the PLA, with a higher melting point, is embedded as a reinforcing fiber in the matrix. The resulting material stiffness can compete with commercially-available self-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compound materials. This makes it possible to produce mechanically advanced components for the automotive and electrical domestic appliance sectors, among others.

PLA materials are based on renewable resources - so-called lactic acids - which can be obtained from agricultural waste or specially cultivated raw materials such as sugar cane. Although the composite materials developed have been functionalized for high mechanical strength and stiffness as well as high temperature and hydrolysis stability, like pure PLA they are fully biobased, easily recyclable, malleable and even industrially biodegradable. These composite materials, which can be produced on an industrial scale, represent a milestone in the development of functionalized, high-strength, biobased material systems. In addition, the development makes a significant contribution to the recycling economy.

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Automotive, E & E, Industrial

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Complex Geometry, High Strength, Solid

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Lightweight Engineering, Bioplastics

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Applied research on technical polymers for practical application is the core competence of the Polymer Engineering Department at Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal. Close thematic networking within Fraunhofer alliances, excellent international contacts and a collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT enables us to offer our partners system solutions from a single source: from polymer synthesis through to material technology, plastics processing, component development and manufacture, and recycling. The aim is holistic materials and process development for robust, automated and flexible technologies in the light of increasing digitalization and resource-saving material efficiency. We see ourselves as a link between research and industry, developing innovative solutions for future products.

Our competences in Polymer Engineering cover in detail:
# Polymer- and additive synthesis
# Material development and compounding technologies
# Foam technologies
# Injection and compression molding
# Structural composites
# Microwave and plasma technology
# Material characterization and failure analysis
# Recycling and circular economy