Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®

Profile

We conduct research in the fields of hybrid fiber composite materials with thermoplastic and thermoset matrix, additive manufacturing, the production and application of technical textiles and the recycling of polymeric composites.

We concentrate in particular on the higher-value usage of natural fibers and derivatives for technical applications - from fiber extraction through to product and process development. Our goal, in collaboration with our industry partners, is to find new applications for hybrid (bio) fiber composites and to develop future-oriented products and technologies.

Together with the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, we offer you a wide range of manufacturing processes and investigation methods in the areas of plastics technology and bio-composites. HOFZET partners are predominantly companies from the automotive, construction, furniture and environmental industries. Should you have any questions regarding fiber technology, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Research Focuses

Fiber analysis and modification

We analyze and modify fiber and fabric surfaces for an optimum fiber-matrix bonding as well as for the optimization of upstream processes such as recycling.

 

Short-fiber-reinforced compounds and components

We develop thermoplastic compounds up to the finished component by means of, amongst other methods, extrusion and injection molding. The fibers reinforce the material and simultaneously reduce costs.

 

Hybrid (bio-) composites

We develop bio-based thermoplastic-thermoset composite components with integrated functions for sustainable and cost-effective lightweight construction applications.

 

Technical textiles

We develop functionalized technical (hybrid) textiles and textile semi-finished products by means of weaving technology with diverse applications, e.g. in lightweight vehicles, natural-fiber concrete or as conducting paths.

 

Recycling of (bio-) plastics and composite materials

We examine the mechanical and feedstock recycling of (bio-)plastics and composites with the aim of attaining the highest possible recycling quality.

 

Material analysis by means of computed tomography

We test materials and components non-destructively regarding quality defects and damage.