Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research at The University of Western Ontario
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In July 2011, the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT began a long-term collaboration with The University of Western Ontario (Western) in London, Ontario. German and Canadian researchers will work together in the joint "Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ Western", carrying out research and development in the field of lightweight construction.
Lightweight construction is a globally significant research field, in which Germany has assumed a leading role. Fibre composites are finding increasing application, particularly in the automotive sector, as these composites offer not only a low density but also the possibility of integrated functions. Over the past few years the Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal has carried out extensive process and material research and development work for the lightweight sector.
The main focus of research at the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ Western will therefore be fibre composites for lightweight construction in various markets. Work will be oriented particularly towards the regional North American market. Western will contribute its scientific excellence in the field of surface technologies and material sciences. The clear strategic orientation of the University towards modern manufacturing systems is also a key aspect within the cooperation. An additional factor is that London is located at the heart of the Canadian automobile industry, and only a short distance away from the major North American automotive construction centres in Detroit.
The University has obtained significant funding from the City of London for cooperation within the Fraunhofer Project Centre. The joint Project Centre will run for an initial period of five years.