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18th January 2019, Darling Heights

NETZSCH and USQ join in research partnership

A new research partnership between NETZSCH Analyzing and Testing and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) will focus on advancing the automated production of composite materials using dielectric sensor technology.

Research institutes and NETZSCH cooperate intensively and in close exchange with one another, in order to advance new and emerging technologies.

NETZSCH representatives recently visited USQ to commemorate the new partnership including (from left) USQ Centre for Future Materials Director Professor Peter Schubel, Managing Director NETZSCH Australia John Coles, ANZ Product Manager NETZSCH Analyzing and Testing Andrew Gillen and USQ Centre for Future Materials Manager Dr Xuesen Zeng. © USQ

Dr Alexander Chaloupka, Business Field Manager Process Analytics, NETZSCH Analyzing and Testing, said a newly developed sensor from NETZSCH makes the characterisation possible of the critical material properties during the manufacturing of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), allowing for reduced cycle times and lower manufacturing costs. “The new sensor is the first of its kind that is able to deal with carbon fibres, without the necessity to shield the sensor against the fibres,” said Dr Chaloupka.

USQ’s Centre for Future Materials (CFM), led by Professor Peter Schubel, is nationally and internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in advanced materials and manufacturing.

CFM has a world-class research team, with key competence in novel composite processes, automated manufacturing, composite repair, civil composite structures, ballistic impact, nanomaterial, morphing material, thermal electrical material, geopolymer and high-performance concrete. The centre also has strong industrial links with local, national and international SME’s and large companies.

“USQ’s strategic partnership with NETZSCH will support the delivery of smarter composite manufacturing processes for our industry partners,” said Prof Schubel. As part of the research programme, NETZSCH and USQ will implement dielectric sensor technology in the following industry lead projects:

  • Pultrusion of construction materials (Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies)
  • Out-of-autoclave composite repair (Defence Science and Technology Group)
  • Development of composite railway sleepers (Austrak)
  • Filament winding of composite pressure tanks (Gilmour Space Technologies)

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