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, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 10–17 | Cite as

Increased Reliability for the Manufacturing of Composite Pressure Vessels

  • Martin Schäkel
  • Henning Janssen
  • Christian Brecher
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Pressure vessels made of fiber-reinforced plastics are becoming increasingly important for lightweight automotive design. In the AmbliFibre project, the Fraunhofer IPT and partners realized the manufacture of complex thermoplastic FRP components and ensured reliable production with new simulation and quality assurance tools.

In recent years, the automotive industry in particular has acted as an innovation driver for the composites industry. Enhanced legal requirements regarding the reduction of emissions and the increase of fuel efficiency lead to a growing demand for lightweight components and thus for high-performance materials such as fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) [1]. One of the most promising areas of application is the storage and transport of gaseous fuels such as hydrogen and natural gas in pressure vessels. The use of FRP makes it possible to reduce vessel weight while maintaining high strength and rigidity, to increase internal pressures and energy storage density, and to...



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 678875. The dissemination of the project herein reflects only the author's view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Schäkel
    • 1
  • Henning Janssen
  • Christian Brecher
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPTAachenGermany

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