Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV)
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Composites in Mechanical and Plant Engineering
The market for resource-efficient machines and plants is a growth market. Through consistent lightweight construction and the use of innovative composite fiber materials, the energy expended for greatly accelerated masses can be significantly reduced. In the case of products such as drive shafts or gripper systems, this leads to significant productivity advantages. Production volumes can be increased as a result of shorter cycle times, with the help of increased acceleration and less moving mass. There is great potential in the development of entirely new, groundbreaking fields of application. Professor Andre Baeten from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg describes one scenario: "For one thing, I see a strong future in the use of composite fiber materials in mechanical energy storage systems and, of course, e-mobility concepts. For another, great effects can be achieved by functional integration in composite fiber machine components. Here I am thinking of sensor equipment for sound emissions, forces and torque or online operational monitoring. Composite fibers are therefore considered to be an important key factor in Industry 4.0."
Development and applications
Composite fiber materials have long been a subject of interest in mechanical and plant engineering. At first, materials were tested in individual applications for specialized niches, such as tool holders, grippers or extension sleeves. System solutions that integrate the design, the manufacturing and the service of drive shafts or paper rollers made from composite fibers were soon in demand. Today, we see a broad range of applications and the development of new markets, such as in the machine tool industry, in conveyor systems engineering or in transport and logistics systems, where lightness is a key factor. Composite fiber materials are successfully used today in power transmission (e.g. drive trains, drive shafts of cars, CFRP pump impellers), in engine components (intake manifolds of internal combustion engines made from CFRP), in highly dynamic components of textile machines, in transportation (e.g. shipbuilding) or in printing and paper technology (paper rollers made of CFRP in paper machines).