The aircraft industry is the driving force and innovator of German industry. We at IFW are convinced that this is particularly true in manufacturing technology: new high-strength materials require new production strategies, processes and machines.
New aircraft designs such as the Airbus A350-XWB rely to a considerable extent on the combination of CFRP and, in particular, titanium, the processing of which presents industry with challenges. We support the aircraft industry in processing this material. This includes not only the reduction of wear and tear through adapted tools, but also the optimization of the machining strategy or an adapted machine concept.
The efficiency of such processes is also important to us from an ecological point of view: in the "Return" project financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, for example, we are investigating a holistic approach to the recycling of titanium chips in order to improve the quality of the chips during the production process.
Although aircraft such as the A350 already exist, the production of CFRP components is still a cost driver. A branch office of the IFW at the "CFK Nord" in Stade is intensively engaged in the production of CFRP components. The research work focuses on flexible and automated production.