Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (Fh-IVV) - DE

Fraunhofer is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe, undertaking contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector and government.  At present, Fraunhofer has 67 institutes and research units at over forty locations in Germany.  An annual turnover of about €1800 million is generated by contract research by a staff of twenty-four thousand employees. The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (Fh-IVV) with two hundred and twenty-one employees and an annual turnover of €18 million will participate in this project: Fraunhofer’s Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (Fh-IVV) has.

The department ‘Material development’ at Fh-IVV has started activities in the field of vacuum web coating in 1988 as a neutral R&D partner for industry.  Since then, many large projects have been successfully completed and packaging materials with constantly-improved functionalities have been developed. Fh-IVV is also involved in spin-off projects, for example on transparent flexible barrier materials for the production of solar modules and flexible displays. Fh-IVV is a member of Fraunhofer’s POLO Alliance, which, in recent years, has accomplished the systematic development and assessment of inorganic layers, polymeric lacquers and adhesives for potential use as components of ultra-high barrier film laminates.  A specific aspect of these activities involves inorganic-organic hybrid polymers, which, in combination with vacuum-coated inorganic layers, can substantially improve the barrier properties against gas and vapour. Also, through the incorporation of different organic functional groups, these materials can be adjusted to complex and special requirements.

The department ‘Recycling polymers’ at Fh-IVV has been founded in 2005 and deals with the separation of pure polymers from plastic containing waste by means of mechanical pretreatment and solvent based technologies. The latter have been developed at Fh-IVV (CreaSolv® process) and enable the dissolution, separation and recovery of target polymers from complex mixtures. This has been successfully exemplified in number of national and European projects (e.g. POLYSOLVE) dealing with ELV, WEEE and EPS/ETICS from construction waste.

The pilot plants at Fh-IVV contain all processes, relevant to the development and production of VIP-envelope materials including compounding, film extrusion and vacuum deposition by electron beam evaporation, lacquering application and adhesive lamination of polymer films, papers and metal foils. Fh-IVV is specialized on permeation theory and development practice, including permeability measurements for high and ultra-high barrier materials such as the high barrier materials used as VIP-envelopes. In addition, Fh-IVV has the expertise for modelling/simulation of the gas and water vapor permeation mechanisms and performing of simulations for VIP-envelope materials. With respect to recycling, the Institute’s facilities allow trials in extended laboratory and small-technical scale.

http://www.ivv.fraunhofer.de

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