ThermoPlastic composites Research Center(TPRC) Newsletter September 2016

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TPRC student wins the SAMPE Europe student competition

Erik Krämer, studying mechanical engineering at the University of Twente, has won the SAMPE Europe Student competition for his graduation assignment work at TPRC in the field of overmolding.

The SAMPE Europe student competition was organized on 12-13 September in Liege, Belgium. Earlier in May of this year, Erik won the SAMPE Benelux student competition as well. He is now invited to present his work at the SAMPE Seattle technical conference in May next year!


TPRC student wins the SAMPE Europe student competition

Launch of new research projects in the field of compression molding and effects of defects

Per September, two new roadmap research projects have been started at TPRC. These projects will bring 4 new PhD students to the research center. The projects are funded via the University of Twente Impulse program.

The first project focuses on the prediction of fiber orientation in long fiber reinforced compression molded parts, while in the second project the effects of defects in continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic structures are investigated. Both topics were identified by the TPRC Technical Advisory Board as key to enable an increased application of thermoplastic composites in the aerospace and automotive industries. 

PhD title for Iqbal Rasheed

PhD title for Iqbal Rasheed

Iqbal Rasheed is the third TPRC Ph.D. student to receive his Ph.D. title.

He defended his thesis "Compression molding of chopped woven thermoplastic composite flakes: A study on processing and performance" successfully on July, 15th. The TPRC-team would like to congratulate Iqbal on this great achievement.



Another successful edition of the TPRC course: ‘Introduction to Thermoplastic Composites’​

Another successful edition of the TPRC course: ‘Introduction to Thermoplastic Composites’

On the 28th and 29th of June, the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC), once again, organized a 2-day introductory course on thermoplastic composites.

The typical features of thermoplastic composites were elaborated during informal and interactive classroom theory sessions. Subsequently, the obtained knowledge was put to use by the participants during hands-on lab sessions involving press-forming, laser-assisted fiber placement, welding technologies, mechanical testing and NDT. The processing experts of TPRC trained the participants during these lab sessions.

The introduction courses of TRPC are aimed at entry-level participants and are well-suited for development engineers who are considering future application of thermoplastic composites. If you are interested in joining one of our future introduction courses, please feel free to contact us.


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