Press releases

  • Sustainability, Geosynthetics, ACHEMA / 2024

    Sustainable geosynthetics and advanced recycling – circular plastics economy

    Press release / May 22, 2024

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    For the first time, the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE will present the topic ‘Sustainable Geosynthetics for Landscaping’ at ACHEMA 2024 alongside the topic ‘Advanced Recycling’. We cordially invite you to visit us at the trade fair in Frankfurt (Hall 6.0 – Research and Innovation | Booth D49).

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  • International congress, foundry technlology, efficiently process / 2024

    Congress "InCeight Casting C8" interdisciplinary network for the foundry industry, March 5 to 7, 2025

    Press release / March 06, 2024

    The energy crisis, material shortages, lack of skilled workers and inflation are limiting the competitiveness of the German foundry industry. There is a great need to produce more efficiently and sustainably. In addition to digitalization, efficiency increases can be driven forward in particular through increased networking between those involved in the development process from industry and research. The international congress "InCeight Casting C8", from March 5 to 7, 2025 in Stockstadt, Germany, offers this interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and interests for the third time with in-depth specialist presentations, workshops and panel discussions with the aim of learning from each other and thus remaining fit for the future.

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  • Intelligent sensor function, vibration reduction, damping / 2024

    Intelligent suspensions using metal cushions with integrated sensor function

    Press release / January 30, 2024


    With their high chemical and thermal resistance, metal cushions are a sensible alternative to elastomer components. The elasticity and damping of the wire mesh is based on the interaction of individual wire segments during deformation - a mechanism that is also reflected in the change in electrical properties. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF have harnessed this effect in the form of a new sensor concept. The new sensor technology can be integrated into existing systems in a cost-effective and space-neutral manner and directly detects vibrations and loads. Processes and bearing conditions can be monitored and dynamic bearing forces quantified with simple means. Applications in vehicle and mechanical engineering as well as in measurement and testing technology are conceivable

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  • Recycling, sustainability, plastics / 2024

    "6th Forum Plastic Recyclates" – a branch meeting on mechanical plastics recycling, March 13 and 14, 2024 in Darmstadt

    Press release / January 11, 2024

    Challenges in the mechanical recycling of polycarbonate, opportunities for circular design in the automotive industry or the question of whether there are enough recyclates of appropriate quality for all users - these and more will be the topics of the sixth Forum Plastic Recyclates on March 13 and 14, 2024 in Darmstadt. This event offers expert knowledge on topics such as additivation and stabilization, analysis of recyclates, masterbatches and compounds as well as applications. The conference program and online registration are now available. The new #LBFDeepDive format answers questions from an exclusive group of participants.

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  • ZWARP Users Conference, biaxial testing, wheels an hubs / 2023

    Taking the road to the lab: Users deliberate upon biaxial fatigue strength tests for passenger car and truck wheels and hubs

    Press release / November 13, 2023

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    In recent years there have been major changes in the life cycle testing of vehicles or individual components: Thanks to state-of-the-art testing technology today a few hours in the laboratory are sufficient for life cycle testing whereas previously test drives on the road taking a couple of weeks were necessary for this purpose. This development continues as the UC 16 -Users Conference on Biaxial Wheel/Hub Fatigue Testing on November 8th, 2023, in Darmstadt showed. More than 50 scientists and users from Europe and all around the world met at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF in Darmstadt. Thanks to a wide range of development and testing activities in the field of wheel testing and approval, the institute was able to establish itself as a technology leader. Today the testing technology is known and accepted on a worldwide basis. It has been established as the international standard for more safety in vehicle wheels construction. Besides it shortens the development times for new reliable and safety relevant products.

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  • vibroacoustic materials, natural fiber-reinforced materials, manufacturing process / 2023

    Lightweight and sustainable: Fraunhofer LBF presents innovations for the technical supply industry

    Press release / October 13, 2023

    innovations for the technical supply industry Lightweight design makes products competitive and sustainable. Safety and reliable function must be guaranteed in the process. Promising new approaches for sustainable and efficient manufacturing processes with natural fiber-reinforced materials and the lightweight design potential through vibroacoustic metamaterials are shown by the exhibits from the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF in Darmstadt at the "Highly advanced materials for a circular world", November, 14 to 16, 2023 in Jönköping/Sweden, ELMIA Subcontractor, Area: InnoDex, Hall D. The fair is a meeting point for decision makers, constructors and designers of the manufacturing industry in Northern Europe.

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  • Additives, Plastics World Expo, Recycling / 2023

    Improving the quality of recyclate films by additivation

    Press release / June 07, 2023

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    The use of recycled plastics is becoming increasingly popular due to its potential to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste. However, the quality of recyclate materials significantly affects their application. With the exception of slightly damaged production waste, recycled plastics cannot be used in their original form. Usually, they are sorted, cleaned, and reprocessed to form usable granules. However, the recycled material's stability and processing ability for its intended application often require post-stabilization with suitable additives. Fraunhofer Institute of Structural Durabiity and System Reliability LBF has developed new formulations for enhance the quality of new recyclate films. At Plastics World Expo Europe, Essen, June 14-15, 2023, Booth C834, the researchers will give more information.

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  • Elastomeric materials are used in the automotive industry, the construction sector, and many other applications. These are to become more environmentally friendly. The Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF in Darmstadt is bringing together companies to provide insights into the requirements for tomorrow's rubbers in the online workshop "Sustainable Elastomers" on June 20, 2023. Additives and rubber raw materials as well as the analytics and characterization of rubbers will be highlighted. Participants will discuss the challenges of developing and using sustainable additives and fillers, as well as the opportunities and technical approaches to compounding, applying, and recycling sustainable elastomers.

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  • Online rheological investigations, Development, Plastics / 2023

    Fraunhofer LBF develops new approach for rapid process stabilization of plastics

    Press release / April 26, 2023

    Plastic materials are prone to degradation by atmospheric oxygen. These auto-oxidation reactions occur at ambient temperature already but become especially relevant during melt processing. Adding antioxidants to the polymers results in a pronounced slowing-down of the oxidation processes. Only by this way, the production of the well-known plastic parts by injection moulding, for example, is possible. Developing new plastic grades is accompanied by lengthy experimental procedures to optimize the antioxidant content. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF see online rheological investigations as a promising method for accelerating the development process.

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  • Recycling, plastics, PRSE, fragrances / 2023

    Better recycling of plastic packaging: New process extracts fragrances

    Press release / April 20, 2023

    What doesn't smell good is hard to recycle. This simple rule also applies to the growing volume of plastic waste worldwide. One way to recycle it in an environmentally compatible and climate-friendly manner as high-quality post-consumer recyclates is through improved sorting and reprocessing. Until now, the reduced material quality has considerably limited the reuse of plastic recyclates, and this is mainly due to their odor. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF have developed a new environmentally friendly process on a laboratory scale to remove odors from plastic packaging. Fraunhofer LBF will present the results of the research project at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe PRSE, Amsterdam (May 10 to 11, 2023, Hall 11, Booth P3) and at Plastics World Expo Europe, Essen (June 14 to 15, 2023, Booth C834).

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