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Polymer Processing and Sustainability

We conceive product and procedure innovations and develop them until they are ready for the market, focussing in particular on high-performance polymers and composites.

The interplay of material development, process engineering, tool construction and the precise control of critical processing parameters forms the basis of every procedural innovation. We achieve this goal due to the synergy between the numerical and experimental methods we carry out at our extensive pilot plant where we fuse nanotechnology together with conventional polymer engineering and composite technology. Whether you would like to convert natural fibres into high-performance composites, take pultrusion, extrusion or sheathing processes to extremes, produce high-performance composites on an injection moulding machine, manufacture innovative compounds, integrate functional structures (see the surface structuring group at the Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology) or help discontinuous fibre architectures achieve an industrial breakthrough, we have just the right expert for you.

Selected projects

Improvement of additive manufactured parts by nanofibers

Huntsman’s Miralon material increases mechanical performance and conductivity of thermoplastics for 3D printing and injection moulding.

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Sustainable recycling of glassfiber reinforced plastic

Plastic waste represents valuable resources. By recycling them and returning them to the materials cycle, we make our contribution to a more sustainable ...

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Functional prosthetic legs made of glass fiber reinforced plastic recyclate

Worldwide, 35 to 40 million people depend on prostheses and orthopedic services. Project Circleg has therefore the goal to develop a prosthetic leg system that ...

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Electromagnetic shielding with conductive plastic housings

To shield interfering signals from electronics, plastics must meet high EMC requirements. They are then used as substitute materials for die-cast metal ...

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Durable toe boards made of recycled plastics

Toe boards made of recycled plastic can replace wooden boards for scaffolding construction.

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Novel method for composite production with injection compression moulding

A novel composite production method, thermoplastic compression resin transfer moulding (TP-CRTM) coupled with injection compression moulding.

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Natural fibre composites for lightweight construction applications

Natural fibre composites are one of the core competences of the Institute of Polymer Technology at the University of Applied Sciences FHNW. Together with ...

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Engineering of functionalized Polysiloxenes for crosslinked Polyethylene (PE-X)

Compared to pure polyethylene, PEX is more resistant for small wall thickness to electrical treeing and can withstand high thermal shocks, which makes this ...

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Digitization of the temperature control unit

Innovative, model-based thermal industrial systems: Tool Temp AG and three institutes of engineering at the FHNW realized a novel control technology concept.

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Contact

Prof. Dr. Christian Rytka
Prof. Dr. Christian Rytka Group Leader Polymer Processing and Sustainability
Telephone : +41 56 202 73 81 (direct)