Funded Projects.

Our  CHASE Research Projects.

CHASE 1.2  MFP "Smart Continuous Production of Multi-Layer and Multi Component Webs"

The multi-company project MFP 1.2 "Smart Continuous Production of Multi-Layer and Multi Component Webs" is a static and dynamic digital process twin to be developed using timely data transmission for viscous fluid flow of thermoplastic polymer melting, impregnation and solidification to develop continual production of multi-layer sheets and multi-component webs designed to reinforce lightweight structures.

A UD tape facility at the LIT Factory at JKU will be used for experimental verification and process development.

The research is supported by the institutes of Professor Steinbichler and Professor Major

Contact:  DI Dr. Christian Marschik

Duration: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023

Company Partners: Covestro and Leistritz.

 

 

CHASE 1.3  MFP "Smart Discontinuous Production of Fiber Reinforced Composite Structures"

This multi-firm project, embedded in the living labs of the LIT Factory, will develop (i) data hub, connectivity and datability, (ii) a static digital process twin, (iii) a dynamic digital process twin and last but not least (iv) an adaptive digital process twin for a production cell of tailored thermoplastic continuous fibre reinforced composites. This production cell consists of (a) a collaborative robot system for the tailored placement of UD tapes, (b) a heated press to consolidate the tape layers to preforms, (c) an infra-red (IR) oven to heat up the preforms prior to thermoforming in the injection mould and (d) an injection moulding machine to functionalize them to the final product. The handling between the subsystems (a) to (d) of the production cell is performed by robot system (e). The objectives of this project are strongly interconnected with MFP 1.4 “Smart Process Optimization and Digitization”. MFP 1.4 models the sub-processes (a) to (d), while in MFP 1.3 these sub-models are used and integrated into digital twins of the whole production cell.

Contact: DI Dr. Klaus Straka and DI Dr. Matei-Constantin Miron

Duration: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023

Company Partners: Covestro, ENGEL, FACC, Greiner, Renolit

 

 

CHASE 1.4 MFP "Smart Process Optimization and Digitalisation"

This multi-firm project, embedded in the living labs of the LIT Factory, will develop (i) analytical and numerical process models, (ii) optimize process parameters and control strategies and last but not least (iii) improve the overall efficiency and quality of the processes in every single subsystem of a production cell for tailored thermoplastic continuous fibre reinforced composites. This production cell consists of (a) a collaborative robot system for the tailored placement of UD tapes, (b) a heated press to consolidate the tape layers to preforms, (c) an infra-red (IR) oven to heat up the preforms prior to thermoforming in the injection mould and (d) an injection moulding machine to functionalize them to the final product. The handling between the subsystems (a) to (d) of the production cell is performed by robot system (e). The objectives of this project are strongly interconnected with MFP 1.3 “Smart Discontinuous Production of Fiber Reinforced Composite Structures”. Here, process models and digital twins are developed for each single production subsystems, while in MFP 1.3 these sub-models are used and integrated into digital twins of the whole production cell.

Contact: DI Dr. Klaus Straka

Duration: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023

Company Partners: Covestro, ENGEL, FACC, Renolit

 

 

CHASE 1.5 MFP "Smart Plasticizing"

The main objectives of this project are to improve the melt quality in terms of thermal homogeneity, to reduce thermal-oxidative degradation because of air entrapment in the polymer melt and to increase the overall energy efficiency of the plasticizing process. Moreover, novel adaptive and self-optimizing control strategies will set screw plasticizing units to the next level and will therefore be part of this project.

Contact: DI Dr. Klaus Straka

Duration: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023

Company Partners:  ENGEL

CHASE 1.6 STP "Measurement and Data Analysis Methods"

In the strategic project a research focus lies on the basic development of sophisticated measurement methods (i) to characterize the product quality in non-destructive manner and (ii) to determine process quantities in harsh environment. The former is of great interest for multi-step production cells to reject imperfect intermediate parts as soon as possible and thus to increase the efficiency regarding energy and use of raw material. The latter is necessary to collect date for validation and improvement of the process models used to setup the different manifestations of digital twins. Moreover, special process measurement systems are necessary to develop control strategies for the temperature distribution in screw plasticizing units.

 

Contact:  DI Dr. Christian Marschik

Duration: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023

Company Partners: TU ViennaSCCH - Software Competence Center HagenbergKompetenzzentrum HolzRECENDT GmbH;

CHASE 3.1 MFP "Generic Process Development Workflows for Continuous Circular Prosessing"

The multi-company MFP 3.1 project, "Data Knowledge and Product Performance Interaction in One-Step Recycling and Recompounding," focuses on the post-consumer and reuse of plastics and will

Develop strategies and concepts for recycling and reusing machines with novel capabilities,
process analytical technologies (PAT)
develop data-driven services in process modeling based on first principles and both numerical and heuristic techniques and intelligent data mining
Achieve intelligent production of a new generation of recyclates with required consistent quality.
This type of new generation recyclates are data-ready recompounds that allow processors to
to develop the production of end products in a much wider range of applications and within an optimized processing window.

Contact:  DI Dr. Christian Marschik and Assoc. Prof. DI Dr. mont. Jörg Fischer

Duration: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023

Company Partners: Borealis, ENGEL, Erema, Greiner, Renolit

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