Sirris is studying the use of natural fibre composites under different aspects: moulding, assembly, quality control. The results are very interesting.

Despite their durability, composites still have a finite useful life. New business opportunities in the processing route are currently being investigated. Prominent players in this field will speak at an interactive workshop on 11 September to offer guidance on the problem of the disposal of large composite structures.

Despite their relatively long life cycle, the usage time of composites does not last forever. Certainly for larger composite constructions we have to take the life cycle into account. To find solutions for the processing of large composite structures, Sirris (SLC-Lab and OWI-Lab) together with Agoria and Go4cCircle launched the feasibility study CompositeLoop.

Besides the masterclasses, which are usually rather theoretical instead of practical, the SLC-Lab is now organising a few hands-on sessions where the theory is put into practice. Two sessions are scheduled to take place in the near future, and will deal with manual laminating and mould building, and vacuum infusion and prepreg layup.

The use of lightweight components stands or falls by the economic use of material with a high performance. The product value, product costs, production costs, development costs and risks are, however, difficult to estimate when less well-known materials, such as composites, are applied. Having a clear picture of production costs is important. Our sixth white paper focuses on the early design phase, as the greater part of the product cost is committed during this stage.

Composites do not generally have highly fire-resistant properties because of the flammable organic matrix which binds the reinforcement fibres. In order to meet the high fire-resistant demands made in applications such as aviation, construction and transport sector, the structure of the composite must be adapted for protection against fire. To this end BVC can rely on the joint forces of SLC-Lab and Smart Coating Application Lab.


The next edition of the Materials trade fair, which takes place on 31 May and 1 June in Veldhoven, has a practice-oriented set-up themed around four pillars: materials, surface techniques, joining techniques and analysis techniques. Keynote speeches and live demos will be presented in the different Experience Areas to inspire visitors. Markus Kaufmann from the SLC-Lab will also hold a speech.

The use of lightweight components stands or falls by the choice of materials. The product value, product costs, production costs, development costs and risks are, however, difficult to estimate when talking about less well-known materials such as composites. Our fifth white paper shows how a lay-up of fibre reinforced layers can be defined from given load cases by calculating stiffness matrices.

In terms of properties materials are quite often ranked on the basis of their anisotropic behaviour. What does this mean for the materials and how can knowledge of this behaviour be used to design better products? In our fourth white paper we mainly discuss mechanical anisotropy in composite materials. Download it now!

Unknown makes unloved, a description all too often still applicable to composite materials when it comes down to material selection. This is why with their third white paper the SLC-Lab and its partners want to pass on some essential tools and methodologies to help designers and OEMs make the right choices. This paper will help you make a well-informed choice that could make a positive effect on your activities. You can download the third white paper now!