Markus Kaufmann

Composites have been used in the railway industry since the seventies, but mainly for parts like seat supports, decorative elements and reservoirs. What about the potential of these materials for structural elements?

Hilde Krikor
Linde De Vriese

The use of conventional construction materials in buildings often has an adverse effect on the quality of air in buildings. In the last few years, there has been an increasing trend towards replacing these materials with natural alternatives. One such solution is provided by multi-layered products on the basis of biocomposites.

Hilde Krikor
Markus Kaufmann

Thanks to the outstanding properties of glass fibre reinforced plastics they can be used for a wide range of applications. Antwerp Zoo has used these materials for making moulds and grids as part of the renovation work carried out in the aquarium.

Markus Kaufmann

Agoria and Sirris announced the launch of CFK Valley Belgium at this year's JEC Europe, the international composites show held in Paris. But there were plenty of other things for visitors to enjoy, and everyone who took part in the one-day VIP visit on 11 March agreed that it was a truly unmissable event.

Markus Kaufmann

The most important network of composite companies in Europe, CFK Valley, is setting up CFK Valley Belgium in collaboration with Sirris and Agoria. This means that Belgian companies now have access to a European network of composite companies and researchers. In this country there are around 100 companies working with composite materials. Setting up CFK Valley Belgium was confirmed at the JEC Show in Paris.

Markus Kaufmann

From 3 to 26 April the Design Museum of Ghent will be host to the exhibition ‘Kunststof, natuurlijk' (Synthetic by Nature) for novel composites, most based on natural material. SLC-Lab contributes with several components of the exhibition and will be giving a talk on the seminar 'Designing with Composites'.

Didier Garray

The possibility of using FBG optical fibre sensors as a monitoring technique for composite structures is the subject of study at Sirris. Interesting results have been gathered.

Didier Garray

As part of a massive research project, Sirris studied the non-destructive testing of composites by active infrared thermography, the production of complex hollow parts in thermoplastic composites and the use of hemp biocomposites.

Marc Ansay

Sirris is finalizing an innovative implementation process for large thermoplastic (TP) composite structures using variable geometry forming.

Markus Kaufmann

We put a number of fast, green and flexible processing methods in the spotlight in a series of masterclasses on cutting-edge technologies for composite production. After four successful masterclasses, the fifth and final masterclass will follow on 19 February. The theme of this masterclass is one-of-a-kind production using adaptive moulds. It promises an interesting mix of theory and practice.