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Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (ITA RWTH) (Germany)

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (ITA RWTH)

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH Aachen University) was established in 1870 and with its 45,377 students enrolled in 157 degree programs is the largest technical university in Germany. More than 7000 students and more than 900 doctoral students graduate annually from RWTH Aachen University. The high number of foreign students (9,651 students from 131 countries), as well as the great network (of formalized international collaborations) with over 100 universities worldwide, highlight the university’s strong international reputation. The university counts more than 540 professors as well as more than 5,370 academic and more than 2,700 non‐academic staff members. The university’s annual budget amounts to 900M€ of which 325M€ are covered through external funding.

RWTH Aachen University is composed of 260 institutes spread over nine faculties. The university offers 18 graduate programs among which eight are so called Research Training Groups funded by the German Research Foundation. RWTH Aachen is one of 11 German Universities of Excellence and additionally receives funding for one graduate school and two clusters of excellence through the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) is one of the TOP5-institutes at the university RWTH Aachen. Connected to the Institute is the Chair in Textile Engineering of mechanical engineering. The main focus of the institute lies on the departments Mechanical Engineering and textile processing, polymer technology and high performance fiber materials, textiles, textile preforming and composites. Currently, over 350 people are employed at ITA RWTH. 100 of those are PhD students working on national and international projects. ITA has extensive experience with European projects. The following table includes all projects that have been running since 2015.

Project title

Funding scheme

Finished (Yes/No)

Bio4Self

H2020

No

Pulmostent

H2020

Yes

DreamProducts

KIC

Yes

BioFibroCar

H2020

Yes

Grow-2-Build

Interreg

Yes

CroCo2PETs

KIC

No

Creatif

FP 7

Yes

SmartPro

FP 7

Yes

AllOxITD

H2020

No

In this framework, ITA RWTH will bring to FLOTANT its experience in:

  • Project management
  • Spinning of fibres (mono- and multifilament) by melt or wet spinning
  • The development of hybrid yarn based composites using pultrusion technology
  • Development fibre/composite protection using braiding technology
  • Integration of a monitoring system in composites for online surveillance
  • Testing of fibres, hybrid yarns, textiles and composite materials (e.g. strength, stiffness, composite structure using microscopy and µCT).

Partners

FLOTANT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 815289