Efficient energy and sustainable material use in lightweight mobility applications by development of material and processing technologies in thermoplastic composites

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Within the Lightweight Automotive Program, Brightlands Materials Center focusses on modelling and experimental methods as well as material and processing technologies, that enable development of lightweight applications in thermoplastic composites and hybrids.

  • The transportation sector currently accounts for 33% of the energy consumption and 20% of the CO2 emission in the EU.
  • Sustainable application of new materials need predictable durability and valuable end-of-life recycling solutions.
  • Our modelling, material, processing and recycling technologies enable reduction of development time, raw materials needs, weight and therefore energy use and emissions.

Our expertise bridges theory and practice:
Hybrid thermoplastic composites material, processing and recycling technologies, incl. renewable fibers and polymers, to support industrial developments by:

  • Prediction of material and part durability through multi-scale, multi-physics material modelling as well as development of test methodologies for adhesion and interface behavior of hybrid composite materials.
  • Thermo-mechanical recycling of post-industrial and post-consumer fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites, and material design and development for recycling into Long Fiber Thermoplastics for re-use in high-end applications.

These developments are supported by a dedicated fieldlab for testing and processing.

Our expertises

Modeling

Prediction of material and part durability through multi-scale, multi-physics material modelling, to reduce weight, costs and development time, as well as development of test methodologies for adhesion and interface behaviour of hybrid composite materials.

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Adhesion

For adhesion studies a range of injection moulding tools are available with state of
the art injection moulding machinery and advanced tensile test equipment as well as
fracture energy-based test.

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Recycling

Thermo-mechanical recycling of post-industrial and post-consumer fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites, and material design and development for recycling into Long Fiber Thermoplastics for re-use in high-end applications.

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Fieldlab

Material modelling techniques to optimize weight, and reduce cost and development
time, with a focus on adhesion between dissimilar materials.

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Interested in our activities?
Contact Ties van Maaren

Contact Ties van Maaren

Ties van Maaren
Senior Business Developer
ties.vanmaaren@brightlandsmc.com

Meet The
Lightweight automotive
Experts

Ties van Maaren

Ties van Maaren

Senior Business Developer

Marc Huisman

Program Manager

Johan Tiesnitsch

Johan Tiesnitsch

Intellectual Property & Contracting

Peter Willemsen

Peter Willemsen

Project Manager

Aike Wypkema

Project Manager

Jos Lobee

Project Leader

Joop Lemmens Brightlands Materials Center

Joop Lemmens

Project Leader

Ralph Stevens

Senior Research Engineer

Jos Linssen

Principal Research Engineer

Rick Leuven

Research Engineer

Ali Rezaei

Ali Rezaei

Scientist

Amandine Codou

Amandine Codou

Scientist

Yibo Su

Scientist

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