ThermoPlastic composites Research Center(TPRC) Newsletter June  2016

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TPRC, Fokker and TenCate recipients of the 2016 JEC Innovation Award in the field of Aeronautics

The ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) in collaboration with Fokker Aerostructures, a strategic unit of Fokker Technologies, a part of GKN and TenCate Advanced Composites, part of Royal Ten Cate, are pleased to announce that the Green PPS leading edge cover made from recycled thermoplastic composite materials is the recipient of the 2016 JEC Innovation Award in the category ‘Aeronautics’.

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New TPRC corporate identity and website

As of April 2016, TPRC has launched their new website and visual identity.

Feel free to take a look at the new website via or  


Overmolding Technology at TPRC

Great progress has been made with the COMPeTE project, which focuses on the overmolding of thermoplastic composites such as G/PA6 and C/PAEK. Two themes are addressed: the development of the adhesion between the injected polymer and the composite insert, and the modelling of residual stress build-up and warpage in order to improve the dimensional accuracy of the final part. Virtual processing software for injection molding (Autodesk Moldflow®) and composite forming (AniForm) are being coupled, taking into account polymer shrinkage, fibre reorientation and forming induced fibre stresses. The developed models are validated using an overmolding cell based on a CX160 injection machine, which was placed by KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH in April 2016. Results will be presented at the SAMPE Europe conference in Liege, the CAMX 2016 in Anaheim and ITHEC 2016 in Bremen.

Sebastiaan Wijskamp (Business Development) will give a presentation about 'Overmoulding - joining plastics and composites' on the upcoming Automotive Thermoplastics Composites 2016 in Düsseldorf on July 6th.

Is your organization ready to get involved in projects with the latest overmolding technology? Feel free to contact us.


TPRC-student wins the SAMPE Benelux student competition

The SAMPE Benelux student meeting is organized once a year as a two-day event, mingling seminars with social activities. It aims to introduce a new generation of engineers and research to the SAMPE organization. Finalizing master and mid-way Ph.D. students are invited to present their work to fellow students and industry. University of Twente student Erik Krämer is one of the winning students. He performs his graduation assignment at TPRC in the field of overmolding.



Connecting the worlds of sensors and thermoplastic composites

Wednesday June 8th, experts from the measurement technology industry and the thermoplastic composites community exchanged thoughts on the possibilities of inline monitoring during the production of composite parts.



Next round of innovation vouchers presented to business community

During the second round of the innovation vouchers initiative, the University of Twente has presented seven companies with an innovation voucher. BNP Brinkmann GmbH & Co KG and BOND High Performance 3D Technology have chosen to collaborate with the TPRC.