Joint R&D Projects
Together with the AZL Partner Companies, we regularly realize Joint Partner Projects on different lightweight research and development questions.
Benefits of Participants:
〉〉 Detailed, pre-competitive investigation of lightweight materials, systems or processes
〉〉 Cost-effective budget based on joint cost sharing
〉〉 Exclusive projects with AZL Partner Institutes and AZL Partner Companies
Latest Joint Partner Projects:
Large-scale production of composite sheets can be achieved by a continuous production process using double-belt presses. Current machine designs however suffer from low energy efficiency as well as strong limitations concerning the product geometry flexibility.
In the first project phase, the AZL, together with six partner companies, developed a prototype for proof-of-principle of a novel cost and energy-efficient double-belt press system for the continuous production of composite sheets. A follow-up project will start at the end of 2016 to progress on the developed double-belt press system with the aim to build an industry-scaled machine according to the pursued concepts.
To increase resource-efficiency in the production of continuous fiber-reinforced plastics, the processing of scrap-optimized blanks with defined fiber alignment (“tailored composite blanks”) on basis of unidirectional semi-finished products (thermoplastic tapes, tow-pregs or dry-fibres) offers high potential compared to textile-based pre-products. Nonetheless, today’s production systems for the manufacturing of tailored composite blanks are limited in throughput per system.
The 18-month Joint Partner Project involves 12 Partner Companies from seven countries to develop a machine prototype for proving the feasibility of a novel manufacturing principle to produce tailored composite blanks in seconds at medium investment cost.
In addition to Joint Partner Projects, we offer project management for individual research and development project also to companies outside the AZL Partnership, or support you in finding the right partners for your ideas.