Fiberforge intern Benjamin Hangs of Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT, Pfinztal, Germany), wins SPE award
Aug 19 2010
TROY (DETROIT), MICH. – Benjamin Hangs, a doctoral candidate at the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT, Pfinztal, Germany), is one of two graduate students who will each receive a $2,000 USD scholarship from the Society of Plastics Engineers to help underwrite research in composites for automotive and ground transportation. Hangs’ work focuses on use of a novel tapelaying machine for rapid, automated, and cost-effective production of tailored layups of unidirectional, thermoplastic tape for use in compression or injection molding and other thermoplastic processing methods. Hangs graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany).
During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a student assistant at the Polymer Engineering department at nearby Fraunhofer ICT and spent an 8-month internship with Fiberforge Corp. (Glenwood Springs, Colo.), where he investigated the effects of fiber angle and resin on the energy-absorption characteristics of continuous-fiber-reinforced tubes made from thermoplastic prepreg tape. Results of this research work will be published in a journal this fall and Hangs will also present it at this year’s SPE ACCE conference.
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