The RWTH Aachen University was established in 1870 in Aachen, Germany as “Königlich Rheinisch-Westphälische Polytechnische Schule zu Aachen”. Today it is including 9 faculties with altogether 260 institutes. More than 42.200 students are enrolled in 144 courses of study. The RWTH Aachen University employs approximately 9.200 staff members, including 538 Professors and 5.200 scientific assistants. The annual total budget is round about 840 Million Euros. Almost 330 Million Euros of external funding through research programs indicate the university’s strong industrial alignment and illustrate considerable research potential.
The ambliFibre project involves two departments of the RWTH Aachen University, namely the Teaching and Research Field for Design and Development of Microsystems (KEmikro) and the Chair for Technology of Optical Systems (TOS).
“Teaching and Research Field for Design and Development of Microsystems – KEmikro” is a part of RWTH Aachen University’s faculty of mechanical engineering and was founded in 2004. Today it employs about 20 staff members and students. Besides teaching students, KEmikro deals with different research activities in the field of microsystems. KEmikro’s scientific interests are the design and low-cost fabrication of microsystems, especially by ultrasonic processing. Ultrasonic processing is a very flexible production process, which uses milled negative structures and moulds them into polymer material. Because the processing time is only a few seconds and the structure’s shape can be modified quickly, ultrasonic processing can be used for fabrication of small batches as well as mass production.
In recent projects KEmikro has been working on mechanical microsensors for structural health monitoring, e.g. in carbon fibre reinforced polymer components and in highly resilient polymer ropes. These sensors were made by ultrasonic processing and developed in a close cooperation with industry partners. Experience and know-how from those projects will be used in ambliFibre to emboss micro structures into FRP-material, which help monitoring the accuracy of the tape-winding process.
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