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Tuesday, June 1

17:20 CEST

Haute Couture meets Biomimetic Design
• Tailored Fibre Placement allowing load optimized structures
• Cost reduction through net-shape manufacturing
• Efficient preforming for high volume production

Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP) is capable of placing carbon fibre where it is necessary and only there. This allows for complex fibre architectures eliminating dead weight and material waste. However, the technology is highly restricted concerning productivity.

Bionic Composite Technologies AG (BIONTEC) was founded in 2009 by representatives of the textile and automation industry in order to industrialise the production of CFRP components.
Based on Tailored Fibre Placement accompanied with Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) the company has developed its own manufacturing process from fibre to finished component.
Intensive development has resulted in a production process for series of up to 100'000 parts/year. Thus, it lifts the production of complex composite components to a new economic level.
By integrating the entire development and production process in-house, BIONTEC offers complex CFRP components with excellent performance to weight ratio that are ""designed for manufacturing"" and ""designed to costs"".
The process allows to choose the best material combination possible for each specific challenge. According to biomimetic design we aim to achieve the best performance with minimum material usage by placing fibres aligned to the loadpath within the net shape of the component. Subsequent to fabric production we mould ready-to-use components via RTM that can be monolithic, hollow or sandwich structures. Parts are manufactured net-shaped with high quality surface finish minimizing finishing efforts. Both the TFP and RTM process have been highly automated to achieve high and consistent product quality at competitive costs – especially for large volumes.

During our presentation we will give insight in our development and production process from the first idea to serial production an how we levarge the full potential of fibre reinforcements with biomimentic design and tailored fibre placement.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Benedikt BORCHERT


Sales Manager, Bionic Composite Technologies AG
Benedikt Borchert studied mechanical engineering at Technical University of Munich and Lund University (Sedenb) with a major in fibre reinforced plastics.After his studies he worked in R&D as well as application engineering for textile semi-finished products. 2017 he took over the... Read More →

Tuesday June 1, 2021 17:20 - 17:40 CEST
Conferences (Hall 6 - Room 611)

17:40 CEST

Application of Biomimetic Methodology as a Project Tool for Innovation in Structural Components Using Composite Materials for Road Transport
• high performance composite
• biomimicry
• commercial vehicles

Biomimetics is a systematic research tool related to biological mechanisms, their systems and subsystems, which allows the interaction of design parameters with the natural characteristics of the analyzed elements. Studies related to this subject have show that nature has evolutionary characteristics in solutions analogous to what man finds when designing a product. Thus, we can infer that by employing this tool in product design, we will have a flow of innovation with levels of design disruption.
Faced to the megatrends of innovation, such as electrification, composite materials are gaining more space due to their possibility of complex geometries, structural arrangement conducive to environmental demands and the mixing of raw materials in the formation of a single piece. Such versatility and diversity of production processes allow the composites to reach strength levels higher than those currently available for automotive industry, but with a reduced mass.
Regarding the application of the method in vehicles and implements intended for the transportation of cargo and passengers, it is possible to obtain structural correlations that allow the optimization of components and subsets, making them simpler, lighter and with characteristics that enhance their use. In this context, the present work approaches, through the biomimetic methodology applied to the mobility sector, an optimized structural subset design case, using high performance composite material, subjected to dynamic loading, submitted to real tests on track and bench (seismic base), reproducing random signals from traffic.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Eduardo TENDE

Eduardo TENDE

Development engineer, STE Parts
With more than 10 years of experience working on product development in the mobility industry, he is a co-founder of STE Parts, a start-up focused on developing innovative solutions using composite materials.
avatar for Joel BOARETTO


Innovation Manager, Centro Tecnológico Randon
Innovation manager of Randon group acting for 24 years in the automotive industry. Graduated in math and physics, post graduate in process engineer, master degree in mechanical engineer and PhD in materials engineer focusing in composite materials.

Tuesday June 1, 2021 17:40 - 18:00 CEST
Conferences (Hall 6 - Room 611)
Wednesday, June 2

17:20 CEST

From flax fiber’s structure to pull-winding bio-composites; how we mimic natural fiber strength to produce thin-walled, high strength composites.
• The natural flax fiber structure
• Mimicking flax fiber structure with pull-winding
• What this means for composites

The flax plant has been used for clothing for ages. Recently flax has increased use in bio-composites both for its strength and to encourage more sustainable composite production. However looking closely at the composition of the flax fiber, the arrangement of the cellulose fibrils (micro-fibrilliar angles) demonstrates the advantages of both crosswise and longitudinal fiber alignments to help strengthen the fiber. This structure is mimicked in the pull-winding process, where fibers can be both aligned in the longitudinal and crosswise directions. This alignment possibility allows for profiles to be designed with even less materials and with thinner walls. This enables both a savings in materials and a savings in weight overall. Pull-winding can be used to produce bio-composites as well, using for example flax fibers which completes the full circle of mimicking nature.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Kim SJÖDAHL


Senior Vice President, R&D and Technology, Exel Composites
Mr. Sjödahl has worked for over 20 years in the composites industry and is currently a Senior Vice President and Head of Research & Development and Technology at Exel Composites, the world’s largest manufacturer of pultruded and pull-wound composite solutions. 

Wednesday June 2, 2021 17:20 - 17:40 CEST
Conferences (Hall 6 - Room 611)

17:40 CEST

Biomimicry - context and opportunities for materials and composites
• Biomimicry (bio = life, mimesis = imitate) is an innovation strategy which consists in being inspired by living organisms to develop technologies and services towards more sobriety, efficiency and sustainability
• Biological composites (like wood, bone and abalone shell) present a variety of properties (strength, lightness, colour, stimuli-responsive …) despite their simple composition. Using only few chemical elements results in complete recyclable and biodegradable materials.
• Source of inspiration for eco-materials and composites for a variety of applications (transports, sports, equipment, building …)

The challenges of the deployment of biomimicry today lie in overcoming specific cases, the construction of generic methodologies, the wider appropriation of this approach by entrepreneurs, industrialists, public authorities, but also by civil society stakeholders. (citizens, consumers, etc.).
The CEEBIOS is positioned as a catalyst for the wealth of national skills in the academic world, education and industrial R&D around biomimicry. Two main working groups dedicated to construction and materials support the emergence of innovative and collaborative industrial projects.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Luce-Marie PETIT

Luce-Marie PETIT

Project Manager Bioinspired Materials, Ceebios
Engineer in Life Sciences and Biomechanics, Luce-Marie has spent one year in the German Biomimetics Research Network BioKon (fundamental and applied research on bioinspired materials).Wishing to contribute to the development of biomimicry in France and to benefit from French projects... Read More →

Wednesday June 2, 2021 17:40 - 18:00 CEST
Conferences (Hall 6 - Room 611)