Research in the Production Technology group addresses the technical issues of new products and new processes. The group focuses on the optimisation of both the manufacturing process and the performance of lightweight materials in structural applications.
new staff member martin luckabauer
New group member Martin started April 1st as an Assistant Professor and will be responsible for Material Science teaching as part of the recent UT-VU collaboration. Martin has wide international experience and his main expertiese lies in various types of metals. Welcome aboard!
Upcoming: thesis defense of Tjitse Slange
Our TPRC stationed PhD student Tjitse Slange will present and defend his work on Rapid Manufacturing of Tailored Thermoplastic Composites on Friday March 8. Start of the ceremony is at 14.30 in Waaier building.
upcoming: thesis defense of Johan van Ravenhorst
On Thursday September 13th, Johan will defend his work on 'Design tools for circular overbraiding of complex mandrels'. This work led to the development of the (award winning) Braidsim software package. Be there at 14.30 in the Waaier!
upcoming: thesis defense of Thijs Kok
PhD student Thijs Kok will defend on September 6th. The thesis is entitled: 'On the consolidation quality in laser assisted fiber placement: the role of the heating phase'. The work of Thijs was mainly performed at the Thermoplastic Research Center, TPRC. The defense starts at 14.30 in Waaier building at the UT!
new staff member nick
As of February 15th, Nick Helthuis has joined the PT group as lab technician. You can find Nick in the microscopy and preparation lab, as he will be responsible for both. Nick is a former student of Saxion University of Applied Science, during his graduation project (performed at the UT!) he worked on a reproducible production process of Elium, a new thermoplastic resin.
New staff member wouter
As of this January, Wouter Grouve has joined the PT group as an assistant professor. Wouter has several years of experience in researching the influence of the manufacturing process on the properties of (thermoplastic) composites.
Picture of the month
Baptiste Riondet finalized his internship at TPRC/UT about 'The effect of crystallinity on performance of (woven) carbon/PPS composites' and obtained this remarkable picture of the fracture surface of such a carbon/PPS composties. At the center of the picture, cavitations are located in an empty fiber bed.
upcoming: thesis defense of francisco sacchetti
On Thursday September 7th, PhD student Francisco will defend his research work on 'Interlaminar toughness of fusion bonded thermoplastic composites'. The work of Francisco was mainly performed at the Thermoplastic Research Center, TPRC. Be there at 14.30 in the Waaier!
Ismet baran receives NWO Veni grant
Our dear colleague Ismet receives this personal grant to boost his research on the production process of composite wind turbine blades. Congratulations
Martina Tjapkes celebrates 25 year anniversary at ut
On July 1st, our dear colleague Martina, secretary of the PT group, is celebrating her 25th anniversary at Twente University. Congratulations!
universiteit van nederland: ton bor lectures on metals & car design
As of May 31st, an online lecture (in Dutch only) is available of Ton Bor explaining the basic principles of selecting a proper metal while designing your car. The lecture was part of a series of engineering lectures, also videos of MS3 colleagues Jurnan Schilder and André de Boer are available. Please refer to this website for the video.
Bert vos celebrates 25 year anniversary at ut
Our dear colleague Bert, lab technician in the PT group, startet at UT already back in 1992. Ready as always, Bert is already working on the next 25-year period. Congratulations!
new project: towards advanced 3d printing of elastomers
After succesfully definding her thesis, Shaojie Liu (Lily) started a 1 year post-doctoral project in colaboration with the Elastomer Technology chair within MS3. Lily will work on a model to describe additive manufacturing of elastomer/rubber products requiring vulcanization. Challenges are found in selecting the right material composition, supply system, and vulcanization behavior to achieve a printable material. Proposers of the project are Wilma Dierkes, Ton Bon and Laurent Warnet.
upcoming: shaojie liu thesis defense
Shaojie Liu, better known to us as Lily, will defend her thesis, entitled "Friction Surface Cladding of AA1050 onto AA2024" on the 14th of December. Her work opens up the way to a new additive manufacturing process. It followed on the work by Arnoud van der Stelt, and was also supervised by Ton Bor and Bert Geijselaers.
website maintenance (OCT/'16)
The PT website has recently been converted to the new UT layout. Some sections might still be in the old design or turn out to be obsolete, it will take some time before the new website is fully finished.
Mohammed Iqbal Abdul Rasheed defended his PhD thesis on Friday the 15th of July 2016
The award winner Mohammed Iqbal Abdul Rasheed, daily named Iqbal, finalized his UTwente and TPRC PhD route on the 15th of July by defending his PhD thesis ‘Compression molding of chopped woven thermoplastic composite flakes’. This thesis was performed within TPRC, in close collaboration with the TPRC partners. Iqbal pursues his career at the University of Twente as a PostDoc. Be prepared to hear more of this young talented man!
Erik Krämer wins ticket to SAMPE Europe
Erik, an MS3 Master student performing his final assignment at TPRC, has won during the SAMPE Benelux meeting one of the 2 tickets to the SAMPE Europe meeting. His presentation on shape distortion in overmolded thermoplastic stamp formed composites was appreciated for its relevance and academic depth. Erik, left on the following picture, is receiving the trophy from Ferrie van Hattum, Professor at Saxion’s Lightweight Structures chair. We all congratulate Erik for this unique achievement within the framework of a Master assignment!
Leon Govaert Professor ‘Mechanics of Polymeric Materials’
Leon Govaert, Associate Professor at the TU/e, will strengthen the research activities within CTW, as Professor leading the chair “Mechanics of Polymeric Materials’ at the University of Twente from the 1st of December 2015. This chair, supported by DSM, will focus on the long-term failure behaviour of thermoplastic based composite materials. The first PhD student to start under his supervision, Ozan Erartsin, will start on the 1st of April.