What members say about the TPRC


“Thermoplastic materials and processes enable us to reduce weight and cost of aircraft components, and enable produce composite components at very high production rate, allowing designers to explore new application previously dominated by metallic components. I would describe research conducted at TPRC as World Class. Boeing’s collaboration with TPRC researchers (included University of Twenty, University of Delft and our Key suppliers Fokker, TenCate, DTC, KVE, others) resulted in new generation of materials and process driving new applications for Boeing products.”
Dr. Alex Rubin, Senior Technical Fellow – Boeing Research & Technology.

“Through the TPRC activities we increase application knowledge. We better understand the interactions between fasteners and thermoplastic materials. Knowledge allows product enhancements and evolutions to offer better solutions to our customers.”
Massimo Cella, Arconic


“TPRC and its consortium members are leaders in the industry for thermoplastic materials, processing and process simulation, and design for manufacturing of thermoplastic composite structures.”
Teresa Kruckenberg, UTC Aerospace Systems 

‘The reasons for Vaupell/sbAERO to join TPRC were driven by our desire to expand in the market of thermoplastic composites. The role of a material suppliers such as SB, increasingly includes the processing technology and advise to potential customers, optimized for the material. Thermoplastic Long Fiber reinforced composite molding materials are a relatively new product range for our company and we made the assessment that joining TPRC would accelerate our understanding of molding possibilities of our materials and therefore improve our ability to support our customers.”
Henny van Dijk – Vaupell

“TPRC supports us in our research work up to TRL level 3. Using a select number of highly educated and motivated group of people, TPRC is able to generate answers for important topics including overmolding. Cooperating inprojects with other partners promotes the mutual business contact which creates good relationships that will eventually lead to fruitful collaborations.”
Marko Vreeling – DTC

“Our collaboration with TPRC researchers leads to matured, recognized, and standardized material characterisation methods for forming simulations, which is eventually a great benefit for all of our clients.”
Sebastiaan Haanappel – Aniform Engineering

What project partners say about the TPRC

TPRC’s expertise on characterizing mechanical properties of CFRTP’s at processing temperatures is quite unique. It helped us a lot in further developing our drape simulation.
C. Koch, Research & Development Automotive, REHAU AG + Co.
“The work we have done with TPRC has shown to accelerate the progress in our own research projects. It’s not about just performing tests, it’s also about true understanding of material and process behavior, which is still rare to find in the world of thermoplastic composites.”
Warden Schijve – Sabic
“We have been very impressed with the quality of composites research at TPRC. The team at TPRC has demonstrated a great mix of practical process knowledge and a robust approach to modelling techniques and model development. The TPRC has also been very successful in bringing together into a collaborative project a broad range of companies which have each contributed from their own domain either equipment, materials expertise, process knowledge, modelling knowledge and software modelling. None of the partner company would have been able to achieve as much if they had been working alone – What has been achieved in collaboration is greater than the sum of the individual parts.”
Franco Costa – Autodesk Simulations (Moldflow)