TPAC presents

On 17th November, our colleague Ferrie van Hattum presented at the AZL GmbH Hybrid Thermoplastic Composites Workgroup Meeting in Aachen, Germany, on TPAC’s progress on recycling of thermoplastic composites and biobased thermoplastic composites. In the meetings, professionals from research and industry meet, present and discuss their latest developments. Earlier, on 7th October, TPAC was also invited to [...]

December 14th, 2022|

Fibre reinforced extrusion

In the Post-Use Plastic Foil solutions project we develop low-cost techniques to reprocess thin-walled waste plastics from local waste sources into products. Heavily polluted plastics, such as post-consumer packaging, often have lower mechanical properties, as separating and cleaning of the various plastics involved is difficult and expensive. One option is to reinforce the material with glass fibres: [...]

December 14th, 2022|

CTCP – Circular Thermoplastic Composite Production

In the project "CTCP - Circular Thermoplastic Composite Production", 6 SMEs and 2 Universities of Applied Sciences carried out R&D on the circularity of thermoplastic composites. The project, financed by Regieorgaan SIA, part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) through a RAAK-MKB subsidy,  was successfully completed earlier this year. The following goals were achieved: New material [...]

December 13th, 2022|

TPAC laboratory expansion

TPAC is growing and, therefore, our laboratory space will be expanded with an additional 290 square meters of floor space. This will allow TPAC to move its labscale- and test-equipment to the new lab space, reserving the current lab space for industrial equipment, allowing for trials closer to industrial reality. This expansion will also allow the industrial lab [...]

December 13th, 2022|

Student works on Polycarbonate recycling

The student Ivar Stokvisch from the Saxion course on Sustainable Chemistry, has worked at TPACs labs on recycling methods for Polycarbonate (PC), supplied by Falco B.V., a company in Vriezenveen that produces outdoor furniture such as bicycle shelters. He looked into the chemical and mechanical recycling, aiming at creating a loop for this stream and starting a second [...]

December 13th, 2022|

Webinair “Lightweight Opportunities for Thermoplastic Composites”

On 24th November, TPAC organised the webinar “Lightweight Opportunities for Thermoplastic Composites”, as an educational activity that falls within the WP2 of the Righweight Interreg North Western Europe, a project which goal is to intensify the cooperation between the automotive and the aerospace sectors for reaching environmental and affordability targets. Thermoplastic Composites offer great opportunities for large series [...]

December 13th, 2022|

Recycling of air filters

In the past months, TPAC has worked closely together with CIM Fieldlab, Brink Climate Systems and Hogeschool Saxion students looking into the possibilities of recycling Brink's air filters as part of creating a circular business model. The project offered the students a challenging real-life industrial problem to be solved in intense collaboration, under the supervision of Harrie van Bommel, Marco Del Vecchio and [...]

September 7th, 2022|

Funding RAAK-PRO project approved by Regieorgaan SIA

On 16 May 2022 TPAC received the formal approval for the RAAKPRO project “New Generation Stiffened Thermoplastic Composite Products” from RegieOrgaan SIA. The project has a lead time of 4 years and will start per 1 July 2022. On the 30th of June a pre-kick-off meeting was organized at TPAC together with the consortium partners. It started with [...]

July 7th, 2022|

We are hiring!

TPAC is looking for a  Composite Engineer Your Characteristics: into polymers/ composites; a team player; a result-driven, pragmatic academic; open for innovation. Your Qualifications and Experience: the skills to run/manage a multidisciplinary project with industry; a relevant degree; affinity with thermoplastic composites; a hands-on attitude; good communication skills (both oral as well [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Graduation internship at TPAC

Fourth-year mechatronics ROC students Lars van der Heijden and Luuk van den Berg graduating and ending their assignment at Saxion’s TPAC (Enschede). Luuk van den Berg and Lars van der Heijden finished their assignment at TPAC and graduated with good grades at ROC Hengelo: Luuk worked on the design and manufacturing of an extruder, that could be [...]

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TPAC goes Circular!

Recycling of thermoplastics is an important research area of TPAC. Within the Programme Fieldlab Circulaire Innovaties in de Maakindustrie this year three projects were started, for three totally different working fields: 1)  Circular Insulating Sandwich Panels for the Building Industry Here, TPAC uses scrap panels and its cutting waste, grinds it into small particles and moulds [...]

Students at Saxion’s TPAC

In 2021 a number of students started their internship / graduation assignment or 3S project at TPAC. Varying from Mechatronics, Fashion & Textile Technologies, International Business, Commercial Economics, Creative business to Mechanical Engineering, from ROC Twente to Saxion. From left to right: Niels Nijhuis, Luuk van den Berg, Jarne Vennegoor, Lars van der Heijden, Donato Titulaer, Ties [...]

December 7th, 2021|

TPAC features in latest Strategic Research Agenda for Universities of Applied Sciences

The Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences recently published its new Strategic Research Agenda for Universities of Applied Sciences 2022-2025. The agenda outlines how UASs can further boost the impact of applied research in the years to come. In the agenda, TPAC features as an example of a center for applied research with impact on society. [...]

December 1st, 2021|

TPAC researcher Rik Voerman on air with 1Twente

Rivers full of floating plastic, huge piles of household plastic waste. Is it possible to develop circular solutions in the east of the Netherlands to combat the worldwide surplus of waste from thin plastics and films? TPAC researcher Rik Voerman was on air with 1Twente, to explain how decentralised recycling could be the solution to these problems. [...]

November 29th, 2021|

Research of Saxion’s TPAC into recycling of thin-walled plastics enters a new phase

Auteur: Anne Hurenkamp            Date: 12 October 2021            Source: Saxion News Enschede - Rivers full of floating plastic, huge piles of household plastic waste. We know the worrying images from the media. Is it possible to develop circular solutions in the east of the Netherlands to combat the worldwide [...]

October 13th, 2021|

Saxion TPAC presents at SAMPE Europe conference 2021, and wins award

Marco Del Vecchio and Ilse ten Bruggencate presented their research work during SAMPE Europe 2021, a conference for materials and process engineering, which was held from 28-30 September. Marco Del Vecchio presented his scientific paper entitled Use of construction waste in wood fibre composites in the session “sustainability & recycling”. Marco has been working on the processing [...]

October 13th, 2021|

Student at Saxion TPAC developed reuse composite tape

New opportunities for application rejected production material CompTape, a Dutch supplier of thermoplastic composite tape, was looking for a solution to also enter the market for compression moulded products in the composite world and, at the same time, find a sustainable destination for its rejected material.  This company now supplies glass fiber reinforced plastic ‘tape on the roll’ [...]

May 25th, 2021|

Student team iFall from TU Delft wins design competition 3D printed tower

Enschede - The student team iFall from Delft University of Technology won the competition for additive manufacturing that was organized by SAMPE Benelux. Student teams from the Benelux were invited by the organization SAMPE Benelux to participate in a competition in the field of additive manufacturing. Six teams from TU Delft (NL) and University Ghent (B)  participated and [...]

May 25th, 2021|

Ferrie van Hattum on the ‘Nationale Autoshow’ of BNR news radio

On the 'Nationale Autoshow' of BNR nieuwsradio, Ferrie van Hattum explains how cars can be lighter in the future, by using composite materials. He explains how research in the 3D Faim and FIBREREC project lead to a industrial automotive demonstrator made 100% from recycled plastic. Did you miss the interview? You can listen to it here. A previous [...]

May 18th, 2021|

Research provides promising opportunities for high-value applications of recycled plastics

Automotive composite demonstrator made out of 100 percent recycled plastic ENSCHEDE - The TPAC laboratory of Saxion University of Applied Sciences recently presented the results of a three-year study, into the possibilities of using plastic recyclates in fiber-reinforced composite products. Many promising results have been achieved, one of the most important being the first-time automotive demonstrator, an example [...]

May 14th, 2021|

Online injection molding practice in TPAC

The Mechanical Engineering program at Saxion University of Applied Sciences has a plastics module in which students learn about the various processing techniques for plastics. This used to be a purely theoretical matter, but the practical at TPAC should change this. The most commonly used plastic processing technique is injection moulding. Lecturer / researcher Remi Hoefman: “At [...]

March 25th, 2021|

Over €6 million for Perspective programme ENLIGHTEN: lighter vehicles

TPAC partners in University of Twente-led consortium Over the next few years, Saxion TPAC partners in a University of Twente-led consortium that will be working on research into technological innovations with real economic potential that could help us to achieve a more sustainable world. The research project ENLIGHTEN (Enabling Integrated Lightweight Structures In High Volumes) aims [...]

March 11th, 2021|


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