UROP Project

Foam Injection Moulding of flame-retardant biobased polymers

Contact

Name

Daniel Holder

Program Director UROP

Telephone

workPhone
+49 241 80-90695

E-Mail

Key Info

Basic Information

Project Offer-Number:
902
Category:
UROP International
Field:
Mechanical Engineering
Faculty:
4
Organisation unit:
Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University
Language Skills:
fluency in English
Computer Skills:
MS Office

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As an alternative to fossil resources, biopolymers are based on renewable raw materials and often offer similar properties to conventional polymers. E.g., Cellulose Acetate (CA) offers comparable properties to Polystyrene and is made out of Cellulose. In combination with foam injection moulding (FIM), lightweight and eco-friendly polymer parts can be produced. However, for many applications additional properties, such as flame-retardancy, are required.

Task

The aim of your project is the characterisation of the foamed structure of CA with flame-retardants and the investigation of the resulting properties of the foamed parts. For this, various CA types with be foamed with a physical foam injection moulding process. Subsequently, the properties of the foamed parts will be correlated with mechanical testing and microscopy. Finally, the flame-retardant CA will be evaluated regarding its foamability and the resulting part properties.

Requirements

basic knowledge in material sciences and plastics processing, ideally in injection moulding