THE FORWARD ACADEMY

The requirements placed on modern, sustainable products keep increasing. Pursuing a higher functionality and performance, the choice of the appropriate material
becomes mpre and more important. Due to their excellent properties, fiber reinforced polymers especially offer a wide range of benefits.
Therefore their implementation is no longer restricted to special applications, but has reached a lot of different fields
from automotive to sporting goods to consumer goods and civil engineering.

Using fiber reinforced polymers also has its challenges. Qualified know-how about the potential of the materials,
different manufacturing methods, part design, integration into a series process and more is key to a successful use case. 

Several years of experience and working with fiber reinforced polymers on a daily basis make us experts in this field.
We love to pass this knowledge on to our customers with the purpose to sustainably strengthen composite technology in the industry.

To learn more or to book a seminar on site, please contact us:

info@forward-engineering.com


BASIC TRAINING FRP

This training will explain the basic knowledge about fiber reinforced polymers to you.
You will get a comprehensive overview about materials, manufacturing methods and special characteristics of FRPs.
Furthermore, you will learn about finishing, joining technologies and recycling. You will also learn about the basics of engineering a FRP part.

This training is directed towards engineers, designers and technicians.
Previous experience is not required.

Content:
Motivation as why to use FRPs
The most important fiber types and textile semi-finished products
Matrix systems
The fiber-matrix composite system
Basic mechanics of fiber composite materials
Pros and cons compared to conventional structural materials
Significant manufacturing methods of fiber composite parts
Finishing
Joining technologies
Failure of FRP parts
Recycling
Work safety: particularities of working with FRPs
Exemplary development process for a selected FRP part

This training is offered in cooperation with the Haus der Technik at following dates:

PROGRAM


FRPS IN AUTOMOTIVE

This training takes you up to date about the use of FRPs in automotive. A holistic approach gives you the necessary overview,
as well as detailed insights into the challenges and consequences of FRP applications.
At the same time, you will be presented with solution approaches to common automotive requirements.

By means of a real case part scenario, you will learn about a methodic development process for fiber composite structures
from the point of view of a leading technology and development company.

This training is directed towards engineers, designers and technicians in automotive.
Basic knowledge about FRPs and vehicle construction is presumed.

Content:
Motivation as why to use FRPs in automotive
State of the art by means of selected examples
Material properties, lightweight potential and material comparison
Challenges of using FRPs at the example of the BIW process chain
Solution approaches for using FRPs in terms of joining technologies, NVH/acoustics, surface quality, service life and ageing, crash, damage and repair, recycling
Material appropriate construction methods from differential construction to hybrid construction
Manufacturing methods in big series like RTM, wet pressing and PCM, float forming: SMC and LFT, winding, pultrusion and injection moulding for structural applications
Holistic cost evaluation
Quality safeguarding in series manufacturing
Effects on basic construction
Basics of design and simulation
Structural simulation and crash
Application potential in the complete vehicle at the example of selected components
Methodic product development for lightweight structures at the example of the roof module


FIBERSIM TRAINING

Learning goal:
Fibersim is an extensive software, taking into account the whole development process of composite materials – from the conception,
laminate definition and lay-up to simulation and documentation to manufacturing. In this user-oriented FiberSim training,
knowledge about preliminary design, detailing and manufacturing composite parts, considering production conditions, are conveyed.
Paramount is handling the software. The multi-day seminar is adressed to designers and development engineers

Programme focus points:
Introduction to Ply Based-Design:
Defining laminates and choosing the most appropriate lay-up methods, including layer based and zone based designs

Producibility:
Simulation of the manufacturability of parts based on the material and manufacturing process

Introduction to Multi Ply-Design:
Automatic generation of layer geometries by defining layer overlaps with gradual, staggered and shifted profiles

Documentation:
Assessment and transfer of development requirements by automatic generation of development documentations (e.g. Microsoft Excel charts)

Manufacturing Features:
Automatic generation of production documentation for factory instructions
Automatic generation of production data – e. g. Flat Patterns and data for automated cutting machines,
laser projection systems, fiber and tape placement systems – and company-wide exchange with subsequent positions


Academy

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