First prize at the AVK-award ceremony for LCC

The Industrievereinigung Verstärkter Kunststoffe e.V. (AVK) celebrated their Innovation Award on the 28th November 2016 at the 2th Composite Congress during the 11th Composite Europe in Düsseldorf. The Chair of Carbon Composites (Technical University of Munich) won the category “Research and Science” in cooperation with their industrial partner Dekumed Kunststoff- und Maschinenvertrieb GmbH & Co. KG, a mixing and metering specialist located in Bernau am Chiemsee, Germany. The submission regarding a “High power ultrasound mixing head for low pressure injection machines in composite processes” was awarded with the first price.An ultrasonic mixing head for the online processing of thermoset resins has been developed. Mixing of the components is realized by ultrasonic cavitation. In addition to an effective mixing, this compact mixing section enables the self-cleaning of the mixing chamber in combination with the benefits of low mixing pressures. The components are tempered locally in the mixing head by ultrasonic cavitation. In addition, low operating temperatures in the metering machine allow an energy-efficient operation.LCC managed to win this category the second time in a row after being awarded with the first prize last year for a submission in the field of morphing structures. The picture shows (from left to right):Dr. Gerd Esswein, Member of the AVK-board + Member of the jury, Freudenberg New Technologies SE & Co. KG.Heike Wolfangel, Member of the AVK-board, Wolfangel GmbH.Maximilian Schäfer, Award winner, Lehrstuhl für Carbon Composites, Technische Universität MünchenWolfgang Raffelt, Award winner, Dekumed, Kunststoff- und Maschinenvertrieb GmbH & Co. KG