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Institute for Carbon Composites celebrates 5th anniversary

The Institute for Carbon Composites endowed by SGL Group takes a comprehensive approach to research into carbon fibre based materials.

15th September 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wiesbaden / Munich

Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial, Construction

A ceremony to mark the occasion at the special exhibition on carbon in the Deutsches Museum on the eve of the Symposium was attended by more than 120 distinguished guests from industry, science, and politics.

Comprehensive approach

The Institute for Carbon Composites (LCC) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering takes a comprehensive approach to research into carbon fibre based materials – from materials science fundamentals to production processes and design and calculation methods.

Founded in 2009 with an endowment from SGL Group, LCC is today one of TUM‘s most high-performing institutes with 75 staff and state-of-the-art laboratories and pilot-scale facilities covering an area of more than 600 m2.

Great potential

“Carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) offer great potential for lightweight construction in aerospace, automotive, and mechanical engineering. They are lightweight, exceptionally strong, and can be tailored to suit different requirements like virtually no other material,” said Dr Wingefeld, Chief Technology Officer of SGL Group, in his speech.

“But complex CFRP technology is still at an early stage in the development cycle, especially when it comes to component manufacture. It is this technological development that we want to foster with the SGL Group-sponsored institute. Under the direction of the renowned scientist and expert in applied and component production technologies, Prof Klaus Drechsler, LCC has developed extremely dynamically into a leading research partner and platform for projects with industry.”

Key to success

“Development projects with leading industrial companies based on sound scientific knowledge have characterised the work of LCC from the beginning and proved the key to success,” explained Prof Klaus Drechsler, Head of LCC.

We are a founding member of the MAI Carbon Leading-Edge Cluster. In collaboration with partners from industry and research and funded by the Federal German Government, we aim to develop processes that reduce production costs by 90% and CFRP material costs by 50%. Our first generation of young scientists leave the institute not only with comprehensive theoretical knowledge but also with project and application experience, trained in the use of state-of-the-art technology.”

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