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Assembly Technologies for Hybrid structurEs of Natural fiber compositeS

ATHENS is an integrated collaboration between the different regions of Flanders, Wallonia and France, researching different joining techniques of biodegradable thermoplastic composites and drawing up a demonstration model to transfer this information to industry.

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The project

The use of fiber-reinforced plastics enables manufacturers in the transport sector and automotive to build light, yet very stiff and strong (sandwich) structures. This is in line with the evolution towards minimizing vehicle weight and maximizing payload, for both freight and passenger transport. This is clearly part of an overarching effort to reduce the ecological footprint of transport.

Not only the optimal technical performance of lightweight structures contributes to their ecological sustainability, but also the basic materials used and the production processes used. In this respect, natural fiber reinforced thermoplastic plastic structures offer a solution that is both technologically (performance) and ecologically attractive.

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Project news

Winner SAMPE Benelux Student Meeting 2022


On May 17-18, 2022, the SAMPE Benelux Spring meeting 2022 took place in Enchede. PhD student Sofie Verstraete participated in the SAMPE Benelux student competition within the project partner KU Leuven, where the award for best (PhD) student presentation was won.

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Presentation at plasma workshop @ MTM (KU Leuven)


On 24.03.2022 a plasma workshop took place in which the project partner within KU Leuven was given a presentation with the status and challenges of using a plasma treatment for bonding thermoplastic composites.

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Within KU Leuven, part of the research was presented at the IAA 2022 conference that took place on March 3-4, 2022 in Carvoeiro, Algarve - Portugal.

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