Polymer processing at Fraunhofer PAZ
The department of Polymer Processing − a field of competence of the Fraunhofer IMWS − has both an extensive know-how in the field of polymer processing, as well as in the characterization of structure property relationships for thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers and composite materials. We focus on the material, process and component development for long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFT), highly filled plastics and blends.
For the processing of these materials, we have extrusion and injection molding equipment. Moreover, the direct compounding possible in one injection molding compounder (IMC). Here extrusion and injection molding carried out in a single-step process in the same machine.
One focus of our activities is placed on the systematic evaluation of the impact of material systems and technological conditions on the component's characteristics. The experimental and numerical results provide information about the performance characteristics and the reliability of the plastic components.