Fraunhofer-Allianz Textil
Interdisciplinary platform for new ideas and developments

09.05.2019 The Fraunhofer Technical Textiles Alliance will present current research topics at its joint stand at Techtextil 2019. Following the motto of the fair "Space for Innovation", all competence areas of the alliance offer an interdisciplinary platform for new ideas and developments.

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In order to meet the market demand for sustainable products and recyclable materials, the Alliance Technical Textiles has been expanded to cover the business area »Sustainability« with regard to life cycle assessment and recycling. This is an additional focus of the Alliance's activities: end-of-life and new-life scenarios, taking into account raw and mechanical material recycling strategies for bioplastics and fiber composites as well as the development of recycling concepts and alternative uses for recycled materials. The multi-layered, complementary research competencies of the individual institutes cover all areas of the textile value chain.
At the Techtextil, the Smart Textiles division will be presenting a broad spectrum of its developments, integrated into intelligent textiles and textile-based components. These include, for example, extremely elastic strain and pressure sensors made of dielectric elastomers and intertial sensors that measure accelerations in all degrees of freedom (e.g. for spinal column monitoring) as well as specially coated RFID tags that withstand high stresses and many washing cycles. In addition, new functions will be presented at the stand using printed circuit paths and wireless energy transmission on textiles applied to clothing, for example, as well as component-integrated sensor and functional solutions in textile-reinforced lightweight structures.
The processing of new functional materials will be demonstrated on a variation braider. The high potential of the patterning and binding possibilities of the braider allows new paths to individualized 3D designs, designed according to requirements, by computer-controlled binding techniques. Innovative braided structures are being developed for applications in safety engineering, component reinforcement and medical technology.
The optimized design and monitoring of production processes is becoming increasingly important for the success of a production line, especially with regard to the complexity of material and process parameter selection. For this reason, successful companies invest in the multi-criteria simulation and optimization of their processes in order to minimize the risk of planning failures. With its Process and Product Simulation business unit, the Fraunhofer Technical Textiles Alliance offers solutions tailored to the individual requirements of the textile industry and, among other things, will present a »Machine Learning Simulation« on artificial intelligence (AI) methods at the fair.
At present, 13 Fraunhofer Institutes are bundling their individual competencies to map the textile value chain from textile machinery to fiber production, preform/semi-finished product production, textile functionalization, smart textiles, process and product simulation, sustainability (life cycle assessment and recycling) and fiber composite components. Complex textile topics can thus be dealt with together in a synergetic and efficient way. The Alliance was founded in 2016 in response to the growing need for innovation and research in the textile industry.