69 | Lecture of the Month, September 2013

"Particle Foams as Light-Weight and Design Material of the Future" - that's the title of a lecture that Dipl.-Ing. Christian Traßl, General Manager EPP Forum and Deputy Department Head Synthetic Materials, Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH, will give on Tuesday, September 10th 2013 at 6:30pm.
Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH and the Bayreuth Chapter of the Society of German Engineers (VDI) are presenting this "Lecture of the Month, September 2013". We spoke with Dipl.-Ing. Christian Traßl about the increasing relevance of the industrial use of expanded polypropylene (EPP) and why one should not miss his lecture.

What's the reason for the increasing importance of particle foams such as EPP?

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Traßl: Because energy costs are increasing exponentially and ecological sustainability is playing a bigger role than ever, the need for innovative light-weight materials is increasing as well. Engineers are looking for light-weight solutions in almost every industrial application - and particle foams such as EPP are a part of these solutions at an increasing rate.

What's so special about EPP?

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Traßl: With a density range of about 20 to 200 g/l, particle foams such as EPP are some of today's most light-weight materials. Their mechanical properties are outstanding, they are able to absorb high amounts of energy and possess excellent recovery characteristics, even under repeated stress. However, the surface quality of standard EPP moulded parts isn't good enough for numerous potential light-weight and design applications yet.

Can you give us a brief summary of your lecture?

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Traßl: In my lecture I'm going to present potential application fields for particle foams and possible solutions for an optimization of the surface quality of EPP - and the new application fields that those optimizations will open up.

The speaker:

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Traßl studied Physical Engineering at Coburg College (1997-2001) and Materials Sciences with a focus on synthetic materials at the University of Bayreuth (2004-2006). Since December 2001, Traßl works at Neue Materialien Bayreuth, specifically in the Synthetic Materials Department. Since June 2006, Traßl is also the General Manager of EPP Forum e.V.

After the lecture, the speaker is looking forward to answering your questions.


However, for organizational purposes we'd like to ask you to apply via a short e-mail to katrin.stark@nmbgmbh.de

The lecture will take place at Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH, Gottlieb-Keim-Str. 60, 95448 Bayreuth-Wolfsbach. After taking the freeway exit Bayreuth-Süd, please follow the signs labelled "Neue Materialien".