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Textile lightweight engineering







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Textile lightweight engineering

Textile lightweight engineering has become one of the main research areas with all its facets at STFI in recent years. This includes the entire value chain, starting with the development of semi-finished textiles, going to formation of new, partly hybrid materials and ending with recycling and reuse.

Carbon fibres reinforced plastics used for many applications like transportation and automotive sector or mechanical engineering take a large share of the research work. Other reinforcement materials, such as glass, basalt, aramid and natural fibres are also considered in various matrix systems. Topics reach from classic thermoset and thermoplastic systems to elastomers and mineral matrices. In addition to new material and process research, development of test-methods and more complex evaluation criteria is carried out in parallel supported by an in-house testing and certification body.

The Center for Textile Lightweight Engineering including its technology lines and existing know-how is available to one-time customer orders, bilateral research projects and small batch series as well as joint research activities within consortia and clusters.

Any questions?

Your contact

Dipl.-Ing. (BA)
Marcel Hofmann
Manager Center for Textile Lightweight Engineering

Phone: +49 371 5274-205

Processes, Technologies, Products

  • Composite production
  • Carbon fibre recycling
  • Production of oriented strand-like structures from recycled carbon fibres

rCF sliver/tape production

  • Production of oriented strand-like structures from recycled carbon fibres

Digitisation & Industrie 4.0

  • Networked Production & Robotics
  • Simulation & Modeling
  • Data Analytics

Technical Equipment

  • Nonwoven line & press systems
  • Cutting & tearing machine
  • Injection methods
  • Mechanical processing


  • Testing for composite materials
  • Test sample preparation

Research Services

  • Contract research
  • Customer-oriented product development
  • Small batch production

Carbon fibre recycling

  • Cutting & tearing of dry textile waste
  • Processing of reclaimed carbon fibres
  • Inline bonding methods
  • Inline quality monitoring systems

Functionalisation/Chem. analytics

  • Surface Functionalisation
  • Textile Composite Structures & Chemical Analytics


  • Reinforcement fibres: carbon, glass, basalt, aramid and natural fibers
  • Thermoplastic matrix materials: PP, PA, PES, PEI, PPS, PEEK
  • Thermoset matrix materials: epoxy resins, polyester resins, polyurethanes, acrylic resins, bio-based resins
  • Elastomer matrix systems: various EPDM compounds
  • Mineral matrix systems: concrete
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Fields of application



Research News

SMC-Bandanlage am Fraunhofer ICT mit vorgelegtem rCF-Vliesstoff (Foto: Fraunhofer ICT).
SMC-Bandanlage am Fraunhofer ICT mit vorgelegtem rCF-Vliesstoff (Foto: Fraunhofer ICT).

Projekt VliesSMC

Im Januar 2021 wurde nach 10-monatiger Projektlaufzeit der 2. Projektbegleitende Ausschuss im AiF-Vorhaben-Nr. 21124 BG „VliesSMC“ erfolgreich durchgeführt. Mit den virtuell anwesenden 16 Partnern aus Industrie und Forschung diskutierten die Forschungsstellen die Ergebnisse der ersten Versuchskampagne zur Vliesstoff- sowie SMC-Herstellung. Insbesondere offene Fragestellungen hinsichtlich der unterschiedlichen textilen Herstellungsprozesse, der Herstellung und Handhabung der SMC-Halbzeuge, wie auch der Fließfähigkeit im Pressverfahren wurden adressiert.

Bei Interesse an der Mitwirkung im PA wenden Sie sich gern an:

Dipl.-Ing. (BA) Marcel Hofmann,
+49 371 5274-205

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Further projects

Projekt HPF-Garnitur


Bei der Verarbeitung von Hochleistungsfasern zu Vliesstoffen tritt vor allem an den metallischen Arbeitselementen, z.B. Garnituren der Krempel, eine erhöhte Abrasion auf. Diese führt zu vorzeitigem Verschleiß der Garnituren und erhöhten Prozesskosten. Um diese Situation zu verbessern wird im Rahmen des Projektes „HPF-Garnituren“ sowohl die Garnitur hinsichtlich ihrer Materialoberfläche und Zahnung optimiert, als auch ein digitales Monitoringsystem zur Überwachung des Abnutzungsgrades entwickelt.

Ihr Ansprechpartner zum Projekt

Katharina Heilos, M. Eng.
+49 371 5274-227

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Completed projects






K. Heilos, A. Große



C. Albe



K. Heilos



M. Hofmann



G. Thielemann

Hybrid FKV


G. Thielemann

Cooperations & Networks

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