Submitted by: Dienes Apparatebau GmbH & Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen & Mainsite Services
Implemented country: Germany
Title: Energetic optimization in the production of high-tech filament fibers
High-quality synthetic fibers as used in airbags and tires undergo a complex and energy-intensive production process. The fibers are stretched on special equipment that gives them their attributes. The goal of this research project by Diene Apparatebau of Germany is to develop new stretching equipment that produces at least equivalent fibers but with significantly better energy behavior. With the help of simulations and an infrared camera, the energy losses of the existing equipment are evaluated and energy saving potential is identified. Modification of the components of the stretching equipment will improve the thermal efficiency by at least 50%. A prototype is used to measure and evaluate both fiber attributes and energy consumption.