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.
One of the topics covered within the ATHENS project is the optimization of the bonding for an adhesive bond of short natural fiber composites. The major challenge here is that a thermoplastic matrix is used, which has a low surface energy. This surface energy can be increased by performing a plasma treatment, which results in a better surface wetting and thus a better bond between the substrate and the adhesive. A better adhesion then also results in a higher performance of the adhesive connection.
A plasma mini-spot from MPG is used, for which a workshop was held on 24.03.2022 in which various parties shared their applications and challenges in using a plasma treatment. KU Leuven was also present, providing an interim update within the framework of the ATHENS project on the results and difficulties encountered during the implementation of this treatment.
The SAMPE Europe conference took place in the week of November 14-17, 2022. As a selected candidate during the SAMPE Benelux student seminar earlier this year, the work within the ATHENS project was presented during the student seminar.
KU Leuven participated in the Adhesion 2022 conference that took place in the Technology & Innovation center of the University of Strathclyde's in Glasgow (UK).
On September 14-15, the '6ème colloque fibers naturelles et polymères' took place at the Center de Congress de l'Aube at Troyes. Here the work within the ATHENS project within KU Leuven in connection with characterizing the bio-fibre filled composites presented by means of a poster presentation.