Currently funded project

Textile baking mat (BakeTex)

Motivation

Typical course of the baking temperature in the rack oven: The value drops sharply at first, then energy must be expended to warm up the baking base and the baked goods.
Typical course of the baking temperature in the rack oven: The value drops sharply at first, then energy must be expended to warm up the baking base and the baked goods.

In bakeries, trays are used as a standard base for the baked goods in combination with baking paper or flour, which leads to high amounts of waste or health impairments (baker's asthma). The baking trays are also heavy and unwieldy, and their mass also affects the energy consumption in the oven. The project aims to develop a light and flexible textile solution, functional with RFID chips and the possibility of branding.

Objectives

Waffle weave fabric for baking trials
Waffle weave fabric for baking trials

The focus is on the development of a textile back covering with the following properties:

  • Light and flexible
  • Temperature resistant (-40 to 300°)
  • Food safe, no release of harmful substances
  • Washable and reusable
The following properties are targeted for possible energy savings:
  • High thermal conductivity
  • Air permeability
Furthermore, the textile should be equipped with additional functions:
  • Production data acquisition by means of RFID chips (Industry 4.0)
  • Branding for targeted advertising

Approach

Air permeable leno fabric
Air permeable leno fabric
  • Material selection and tests
  • Binding development
  • Use of different coatings
  • Development of a frame construction for the textile backing
  • Assembly solutions
  • Insertion of additional functions (RFID chips, branding)
  • Baking tests with investigation of temperature development and energy input

Project Data

Project Duration
01.05.2021 - 30.04.2023
Sponsor
Bavarian Research Foundation
Funding Amount 85,000 Euro

Project Partners

 

Fraunhofer Application Centre for Textile Fibre Ceramics TFK
Fickenschers Backhaus GmbH
Wilhelm Zuleeg GmbH

Project Coordination Fraunhofer Application Centre for Textile Fibre Ceramics TFK
Project Management at the HTL Timo Fluss