Fibre-reinforced materials

Lightweight construction in industry

Murtfeldt offers customers individually manufactured components realized in CFRP or GRP – in the usual Murtfeldt quality

 

 

Design engineers in machine construction still face the challenge of finding innovative lightweight construction solutions for customer-specific problems. One objective is always to increase the efficiency and performance of machines and plants.

This can be done using fibre-reinforced materials that result in energy conservation, cost reduction, and the improvement of machine properties. Fibre-reinforced materials combine low masses with high rigidity and damping, making them ideal for dynamically stressed machine components.

Murtfeldt offers customers individually manufactured components realized in CFRP or GRP – in the usual Murtfeldt quality: High quality, flexible, fast, for single pieces and/or small series.

 

 

GRP and CFRP construction

  • GRP construction is used if a high breaking elongation and elastic energy absorption along with excellent corrosion behaviour are required.
  • CFRP construction is used if high weight-specific strength and rigidity are required.

Advantages of carbon-reinforced plastic

Carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic has three main advantages: Due to the lower density of the material and its increased strength, the material has an enormous potential for use in lightweight construction, which is advantageous not only for car manufacturing and cycling applications. In addition, CFRP is durable thanks to its inertia and resistance to corrosion and chemicals. And last but not least, the design offers a high level of flexibility.

If design engineers use these specific properties to their advantage, they can tap into huge potentials for machine construction:

  • By increasing performance and efficiency
  • For custom solutions by manufacturing individual fibre composite components
  • By creating unique selling points
  • With the possibility of integrating a range of functions into a component

Specifically, we are talking here about an increase in quality and quantity in production as well as a reduction in the drive power for drive and conveying machines. This is possible thanks to the lower mass that the machines reach due to the installation of carbon materials. This results in:
 

  • Higher dynamics/acceleration
  • Higher speeds due to lower centrifugal force
  • Higher machine component resonant frequencies
  • A lower overall machine weight (transport benefits)
  • Increased productivity through improved process quality
  • Improved machine precision
  • Possibility of higher temperature loads


In addition, carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics contribute to a higher machine rigidity. This enables higher (geometrical) machining precision and increases the resonant frequency of the machine components. In addition, the improved damping achieved by these plastics results in improved machining that can be clearly seen in the surface quality. Vibrations are reduced, too.

Murtfeldt fibre-reinforced materials
Components made from carbon are half as heavy as aluminium and significantly harder than steel

A glimpse behind the scenes

A carbon fibre is only around five micrometres thick. In contrast, a human hair - at almost 70 micrometres - seems like the Colossus of Rhodes!

Carbon material consists of a large number of carbon fibres. But the number of fibres changes nothing: Components made from carbon are half as heavy as aluminium and significantly harder than steel. Despite its lower weight, carbon-reinforced plastic (“CFRP”) is really strong, rigid, and durable. This material retains its stability even when exposed to high, frequent loads.

When the material is manufactured, the fibre direction is deliberately used to reinforce the material's properties. The individual fibre layers are laid in different directions to achieve the required strength and rigidity in all directions of the possible loads. This makes the carbon elastic and practically indestructible.


Manufactured components realized in either CFRP or GRP

Lightweight construction

Thermal stability for machine tools

Possible uses for carbon fibre material

  • Machine components
  • Fuselage and rotor blades
  • Automotive parts
  • Robot parts

Production processes available

  • Autoclave process
  • RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding)
  • Filament wound reinforcement

Improvement of functionality of machines and plants

  • Improvement in acoustic machine behaviour
  • Improvement in dynamic machine behaviour
  • Machine operation at higher thermal load
  • Machine operation at higher static load