Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research (FPC)
The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research (FPC) is a joint venture between Western University and the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany. The FPC @ Western develops, tests, validates and characterizes new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes at an industrial scale.
Advanced polymer composites have been the subject of research and commercial development for many years. The ability to develop materials with specific desirable properties, particularly those that are lightweight or have a low life-cycle impact is highly valuable to manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, or renewable energy, among other industries.
By combining Fraunhofer’s latest global technologies and Western’s strengths in materials engineering, the FPC @ Western proactively addresses the needs of its industry partners. Currently, the Fraunhofer ICT offers the only open-access full-scale press and manufacturing capabilities that allow companies interested in composite materials to develop production scale processes and parts for test purposes.
Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research
2520 Advanced Ave.
Area of Expertise
Automated Preforming Technology
Compression Molding Technology
Long-Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics (LFT)
Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)
Thermoplastic Tape Laying
Thermoset Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC)
Facility Access & Testing
Published: September 14, 2021