HANNOVER MESSE 2018,
23 - 27 April
Fontys Hogescholen - HTSM
Wear-resistant and durableAn effective and reliable infrastructure is essential to the economy. Stricterrequirements for civil engineering structures in terms of wear-resistanceand durability offer opportunities for the application of composites. TheEastern Netherlands region is ready for innovation in small structuresusing composites. What are the potential applications of composites incivil engineering? How can we create advanced end products with realapplications, and will this lead to systems innovation and economic addedvalue?Composite-based solutionsCivil engineering is increasingly focused on technology. Structures suchas bridges, tunnels, locks and weirs are expected to have a long lifetimeand low maintenance costs. TechForFuture is investigating two compositeapplications together with industry.Reinforced rubber supportsVilton produces laminated supports for bridges and suchlike which arecustom-made for each order as the dimensions of these supports are always unique. The company would prefer to cut the components from a sheet, but at present corrosion issues mean this is not feasible. During the research project we will produce composite/rubber supports and subject them to adhesion testing.Dimensionally stable composite bridge decks As Witteveen en Bos engineers put it: «Steel and concrete structures aregreat - until the sun or frost reveals their limitations.» Thermally stablecomposites have been used before. We now want to investigate theopportunities for using them in bridge decks. During this research project wewill make composite test plates and test their thermal movement, cohesionand strength.Intended outcome: a validated composite support for civil engineeringapplications and a validated thermally stablecomposite bridge deck.
Flooring that monitors patient safety
In the Smart Floor project, TechForFuture is developing a prototype smart
floor which offers a fall-detection function. Essentially ...
Developments in 3D printing
3D printing is undergoing rapid development and will play a key role in
HTSM in the future. It will be widely applied in the industry ...