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Final Event ATHENS Project

Circular Materials Center (CMC), Kortrijk
19 December 2022

To this end, we would like to invite you to the 'Final Event' of the ATHENS (Assembly technologies for hybrid structures of natural fiber composites) Interreg project on 19.12.2022 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The ATHENS project investigates and optimizes various assembly techniques to increase the use of natural fiber filled thermoplastic composites. The use of these reinforced plastics enables constructors in the transport sector to build light, yet rigid and strong structures. This fits in with the evolution towards minimizing vehicle weight and maximizing payload (freight, passenger transport, …). This project is part of an overarching effort to reduce the ecological footprint of transport.

Within the project, the focus was on both bonding and laser welding as assembly technology. On the one hand, both the adhesive composition and the design needs of the short bio fiber composites and test strategies for the adhesive bond were investigated. In addition, the focus was also on optimizing and tuning laser welding by setting up numerical simulations.

There is also the possibility to provide your own poster during the networking lunch. If desired, please notify us at:


09:00 – 09:30 Reception + coffee

09:30 – 09:40 Overview ATHENS project

Prof. dr. ir. Frederik Desplentere – KU Leuven

09:40 – 10:00 Introduction Interreg FR-WL-Vl

10:00 – 10:30 Presentation of project partners

Prof. Dr. Ir. Frederik Desplentere – KU Leuven

Prof. Dr. Chung-Hae Park – IMT Nord Europe

Dr. Leïla Bonnaud – Materia Nova

10:30 – 10:55 Production and optimization of short fiber filled composites for structural bonding.

Ing. Sofie Verstraete – KU Leuven

10:55 – 11:20 Formulation glue for structural bonding PLA

Dr. Leïla Bonnaud – Materia Nova

11:20 – 11:45 Optimization of laser welding technology for short fiber filled composites

Dr. Rowshni Jabeen – IMT Nord Europe)

11:45 – 12:00 Final project conclusion | show demonstrator

Prof. dr. ir. Frederik Desplentere – KU Leuven

12:00 – 13:00 Network (sandwich) lunch

You can register to participate in the final event via the following link:

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the project, you can contact us directly at:

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Ir. Frederik Desplentere (KU Leuven)

Prof. Dr. Chung-Hae Park (IMT North Europe)

Dr. Leila Bonnaud (Materia Nova)