At St. Veit an der Glan our research is focused on the topic surface technology concerning wood based products and bio based composites. In synergy with our industrial and scientific partners the work is carried out by our well educated researchers to establish a high expertise. This allows for long term cooperation with big firms and enables the first research steps for small size enterprises. Our offers range from foundational research up to generation of prototyping.
Our Research topics are
- Surface characterization
- Determination of correlations und interactions between technology properties and surface appearance
- Process analysis for these surface properties
- Determination of efficient (production) processes
- Development of new surface characterization methods
To offer the best possible support to our clients the research issues have been put into execution by five teams:
Team Coating Technologies
The research focus deals with the powder coating technology of wood based panels, natural fibre composites and composite materials for furniture and interior applications as well as their functionalization (integration of printed electronics, self-healing,...). Another core area is the surface modification and functionalization using plasma activation and coating under atmospheric pressure conditions.
Team Green Composites
The team Green Composites investigates and develops high-performance materials made from wood fibres and natural fibres for lightweight applications in the automotive and non-automotive sector as well. In particular we would like to point out the development of long fibre reinforced thermoplastics based on flax fabrics for automotive seat shells and bio-based composites made from biopolymers and flax fabrics for furniture (e.g. chairs), sports equipment (e.g. skateboards) and structural components (e.g. rotor blades of small wind turbines). One of the principal research objectives comprises the synthesis of biopolymers from renewable resources for the purpose of using them as bio-based matrix component of plant fibre reinforced composites (green composites) or as binder of bio-based coating materials.
The aim of this work group is to enhance the properties of laminates. This ranges from surface functionalization (appearance, haptic, scratch resistance, printability, self-healing, self-cleaning,…) to functionalization of the layer composites (deformation properties, integration of sensors and interlayers,…).
Team Paper Properties
This team has its focus on the optimisation of paper properties. This covers issues which analyse the impact of different process parameters and process steps on the surface properties of different kind of papers (décor paper, kraft paper, sack paper).
Team Process Design
The research group process design does process analysis concerning an efficient use of resources, energy and raw materials. Based on systematic evaluation of process data a knowledge based process control should be established.