Innovation area - Development and production of components made from bio-based fiber-reinforced plastics (BioCoM)
Bio-based materials have rarely been used in traditional application fields for fiber-composite systems up until now. The processing and performance characteristics of established materials such as petrol-based polymers and conventional fibers (carbon, aramid or glass fibers) have already been intensely researched and implemented in large sections of the industry. Bio-based materials have significant ecological, functional and economic advantages. However, as these properties have not been sufficiently investigated and the limited amount of knowledge which has already been gathered has not yet penetrated the market, reluctance exists as regards market introduction. In this research project, we are investigating the processing, application and recycling options for components made from bio-based fiber-reinforced plastics along the entire process chain. The aim is to provide industry and society with information concerning the positive properties, to enable the processing of these materials in stable processes and, thereby, to increase their utilization, for example in the transport sector or in the construction industry.