NF-Guidelines

Design Rules for Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastics

During the project NF-Guidelines "Development of Design Guidelines for Injection Molding and Press Forming of Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastics" comprehensive design tools have been developed.

 

Extensive experimental evaluations have been carried out to define the basic properties concerning processing and end use for these materials. As a result material specific design properties have been generated and design rules have been formulated. In addition to the experiments, knowledge engineering in the form of interviews with specialists from the field has been exercised.

 

As a result, comprehensive design tools have become available. These can, analogue to the situation with traditional plastics, help designers during the decision making process in relation with natural fiber reinforced materials. The following tools have been developed:

  • material datasheets
  • design guidelines
  • design catalogues
  • checklists for systematic material selection
  • application documentations

 

In addition, the project partners have intensively worked on the question, how natural fiber reinforced plastics can be calculated by modern CAE software. It was possible to prove, that press forming materials can be simulated similar to conventional materials with precise results. This includes process simulation, as well as crash simulation.

 

The project partners will establish a consulting team and offer interested companies help with the transfer of the results into industrial practice.

 

The aim of the project NF-Guidelines is to develop design rules for natural fiber reinforced plastics. First results have just recently been published in Kunststoffe International: 

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