On 01/01/2015 the project MAI Sandwich launched. Within the project “MAI Sandwich - Development of thermoplastic joinable sandwich structures under consideration of an unmixed and recyclable material usage” novel and cost-effective production methods for weight-optimized sandwich structures with high functional integration are developed for automotive and aerospace industries.
The involved partners are:
- Technische Universität München – Institute for Carbon Composites (coordinator)
- SGL Carbon GmbH
- BASF SE
- Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW AG)
- Airbus Group Innovation
- Neenah Gessner GmbH
- Foldcore GmbH
- Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH
- Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH
The new sandwich structures should be produced using both a new core material as well as new surface layers. Recycled fibers should also be used. For the realization of the project objectives, three different process routes are examined with particular attention to unmixed and recyclable material usage. This will result in at least 3 different sandwich structures.
Kick-off meeting at the Institute for Carbon Composites on 26/01/2015
By developing three novel thermoplastic sandwich structures, connected with additional functional integration, it is possible to realize new lightweight materials, which have improved properties and a significantly reduced cost structure compared to conventional sandwich structures. As a result, new construction guidelines can be developed for sandwich structures for the automotive and aerospace industry.