Information about current research projects of the Institute of Textile Technology Augsburg GmbH.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the public funding agencies and their respective project sponsors for the financial and content-related support of our research projects. These include in particular the Federal Ministries BMBF and BMWI, the AiF, the EU, the DFG, the State of Bavaria and many other organizations and foundations.

Below you will find a list of public third-party funded projects (start of term since 2017). You can sort this list by title, year or funding body.

These projects are mostly carried out in close cooperation with industrial companies. The majority of these projects are also interdisciplinary in design, and we cooperate here with all departments of Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University, and with a large number of research institutes and chairs at other universities or organizations.

Here you will find additional information on individual projects.



AcronymTitleBrief descriptionFunding sourceBeginEndStatus
Polypropylene multilayer composite semifinished products for
thermoforming applications in seating structures.
In the "ProMeTheuS" project, thermoforming technology is to be made capable of processing higher-performance, fiber-reinforced semifinished products, thereby enabling cost-effective lightweight construction in various sectors. To this end, multi-layer composite thermoforming semifinished products (MVH) with a cost-effective carbon fiber nonwoven reinforcement are to be developed, which can be manufactured to a large extent from recycled raw materials and can in turn be recycled again after use.
Economic, technical and environmental assessment of
recycled carbon fibers in industrial processes.
The "MAI ÖkoCaP" project provides a sound basis for assessing under which production boundary conditions the ecological, economic and functional (mechanical) benefits of recycled carbon fibers are given. In addition to dry carbon fiber blends, recycled carbon fibers are also considered, with components made of carbon and glass primary fibers being used for comparison. For the construction of the decision model, multi-criteria evaluation methods are used, which are adapted to the problem. The decision model is made available to SMEs via the "Carbon Connected" platform of Composites United e.V. as an intuitive, web-based app. A written guide explains the underlying relationships and calculation methods and contains a number of exemplary process chains, which potential users can use to gain a quick overview of the potential of recycled carbon fibers.

Nonwoven infusion for composites as an impact-resistant aircraft component
Development of carbon fiber/thermoplastic hybrid nonwovens to increase manufacturing efficiency and impact tolerance of resin infusion components.

Aeronautical research program 6-1

VliesAlertPrediction and setting recommendation system based on integrated online quality measurement for nonwovens lines to reduce rejects
In this project, a measurement and prediction system is being developed for carded nonwovens lines using industrial artificial intelligence methods in order to drastically reduce the irreversible production of rejects. In the area of web doubling, stretching and bonding, measurement technology for online recording of the intermediate product quality is being developed and installed for this purpose. A prediction and adjustment recommendation program will be developed that predicts whether the end product quality will be within the specified quality limits based on the recorded intermediate product qualities. The program alerts the machine operator in case of deviations and supports the prompt return to the production of good products through the setting recommendation.
Bavaria Information and Communication Technology, DI/VDE/IT
IZI-DirectInnovative non-destructive method for inline characterization and quality assurance of discontinuous recycled carbon fiber semifinished products.
The objective of the "Izi-Direct" project is to develop an innovative non-destructive sensor technology to improve raw material productivity by creating a reproducible quality assurance (QA) of discontinuous recycled carbon fiber (rCF) semifinished products and products.
KMU Innovative
Composites for sustainable Mobility
ITA Augsburg will research novel mechanical and thermal preform joining techniques as part of the subcontract in HAP 1 and 2. These joining methods are planned for the project (needling, splicing, spunbond). In particular, the rapid assembly of subpreforms into a complete preform in less than 120 sec. and economical production in terms of equipment investment, process times and repeatability are at the heart of the investigations. Furthermore, it will be investigated whether and which influence the different joining processes have on the preform permeability.

Bavaria new materials MAI CC4
Carbon fiber nonwovens optimized for aviation interior components
The aim of the CaroLIn project is to process production residues of the valuable material carbon fiber into a high-quality textile semifinished product (highly oriented reinforcing nonwovens "HO-rCF nonwovens"), which can then be used for the production of aircraft interior components.

Aeronautical research program 5-3

CaRinA Carbon fiber recycled materials for industrial applications

Further development of the processing of recycled carbon fibers into nonwovens by the carding process for use in thermoset and thermoplastic components
Bavaria new materials MAI CC420172020completed
CarboYarnTechnological comparison of spinning processes for the production of rCF staple fiber yarns
The aim of the research project is the application-specific material utilization of rCF in the form of staple fiber yarns for structural fiber composite applications. The innovative approach to achieving this goal is to evaluate different yarn structures for their mechanical and economic performance on the basis of a common spinning preparation.
Development of a material from recycled carbon fibers for shielding, reflection and absorption of electromagnetic radiation
Investigation of EM shielding effect of nonwoven fabrics made of recycled carbon fibers and determination of critical parameters.
Simple fast adjustment of carding nonwovens lines with Industry 4.0 methods
In this project, a cost/benefit based adjustment aid and control for the speeds of worker-turner pairs, main and random and pick up rolls will be developed for carding fleece lines (Easy Vlies 4.0 System). The developments will be implemented on a pilot line and validated in everyday production.
Bavaria Information and Communication Technology, DI/VDE/IT
Development of polyester nonwovens to replace polyurethane foam for the production of single-material, recyclable multicomponent composites
The aim of the project is to produce a pure, recyclable PE composite material by means of flame lamination that meets the high visual demands of automotive customers, in particular ensuring crease-free drapability with an ideally smooth surface.
Bavaria new
highly oriented recycled carbon fibers

Development of textile surfaces made of carbon fibers for use in microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment
RecyTape Process line for the production of tapes from highly oriented recycled carbon fibers
Development and evaluation of a novel recycling
process line for the production of tapes from highly oriented
carbon fibers. Long-term potential: creating a standard for semifinished
products made from recycled carbon fibers.
Bavaria new materials MAI Carbon
GReTaGerman Engineered Renewable Wind Turbine BladeIn the GReTa project, a new and innovative rotor blade design for wind turbines is to be developed. The decisive factor is the consideration of recycling already in the design of the rotor blade. If possible, this should be constructed using only carbon fibers for reinforcement. In this context, further development of the recycling process is intended to improve the use of raw materials. Finally, the recycling products (carbon fibers and pyrolysis oil) will be used to form new fiber and matrix semifinished products for automated rotor blade production.TTP-LB20232026starts up
DiDe4RecDigital design 4 recycling process for fiber-reinforced lightweight structuresThe aim of DiDe4Rec is to develop and validate a holistic development approach for recyclable lightweight products based on fiber-reinforced polymers. For this purpose, the knowledge and digital provision of material properties as well as process and environmental influences during material separation, preparation and reprocessing as well as during the application of the products is a core aspect. Within the scope of the project, the approach will be developed and validated using thermoplastic and hybrid molding lightweight products as examples, taking into account material flows from both thermoplastic and thermoset precursors.TTP-LB20232026starts up
OsTOSOven system for Tailored Organo SheetsThe hybrid molding process represents the process combination of thermoforming and injection molding. Current oven systems are not suitable for producing recyclable lightweight products with a tailored CO2 footprint. In addition, product conversions require a high level of assembly effort and a detailed understanding of the process. The OsTOS project aims to develop an innovative production system for processing next-generation organo-sheets.TTP-LB20222025ongoing
KONKAVCost-efficient and sustainable production of UAM and cabin modulesThe aim of the project is to develop a construction method for particularly lightweight, eco-efficient and cost-effective cabin components that can be used in place of the sandwich structures regularly used today.

The construction method is to be based on the use of partially consolidated hybrid nonwovens made from recycled carbon fibers and thermoplastic fibers. During partial consolidation, the thermoplastic fibers are melted and, upon solidification, form the matrix of the fiber composite, which encloses the carbon fibers it contains. Locally adjusted, moderate pressure leaves a porous structure of varying thickness and density in the matrix. This makes the manufactured components particularly light and, at the same time, they can be adapted locally to the dominant loads in each case (large-area bending or locally applied point load).
BMWK via LuFo VI-220222025ongoing
EcoFloorEnvironmentally friendly and impact resistant floor panels for civil aircraftIn order to achieve the goal of reducing resource consumption and CO₂ emissions in the production of sandwich components, a process is being developed in the project to process recycled carbon fibers (rCF) into multiaxial fabrics and woven fabrics. These semi-finished products will be further processed into load-bearing sandwich components for aircraft cabins with improved impact and acoustic properties. The project contributes to making the potential of recycled fibers and renewable materials applicable for low-cost, mid-sized cabin components with adequate load-bearing capacity. In addition, the project deals with the processing of the recovered carbon fibers into fabrics and multiaxial fabrics, with the aim of achieving mechanical properties similar to those of continuous fiber laminates and enabling the development of a new construction method for environmentally friendly floor panels.BMWK via LuFo VI-220222024ongoing

More information on individual projects

NICItA project

DiDe4Rec project

TREC H2 study