Textile Processing of Inorganic Fibres

Fraunhofer-Application Center Textile Fiber Ceramics TFK is working on the development of cost-effective processes suitable for series production with which inorganic, in particular ceramic fibres can be processed into 2D and 3D structures suitable for load. As preforms in CMC components, these structures can be used for new lightweight construction applications, for example in the aerospace, thermal engineering and automotive industries.

Typical materials are silicon carbide, mullite, basalt, carbon or glass fibres. Tailor-made structures for targeted weight savings are implemented and resource-saving and efficiency-enhancing solutions are made possible. Textile-reinforced CMC components are suitable for high operating temperatures and have a high damage tolerance, improved fracture toughness and impact load capacity, corrosion, wear and thermal shock resistance and thus a longer service life compared to monolithic ceramics.

Creation of 3D Structures

In the field of weaving, a double rapier weaving machine with single-thread operation offers new options for the manufacture of fabrics. Textile processing of inorganic fibers into 3D structures is being researched and developed on this weaving machine. Spreading processes are being developed for the particularly low-stress processing of sensitive fiber rovings, which are used to produce tapes for the production of fabrics.

Our Services:

  • Development of textile processing procedures for inorganic fibres: ceramic, glass, basalt and carbon fibres
  • Modification of fibre surfaces (finishing, coating)
  • Production of semi-finished textile products by weaving, braiding, knitting or nonwoven production
  • Testing of fibres, fibre ceramics and semi-finished textile products

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Textile Processing of Inorganic Fibres

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