For the project “OrganoGlas”, Robert Brüll from the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, has won the 2nd prize of the RWTH Innovation Award.
OrganoGlas designates an innovative fiber-reinforced plastic which is transparent, high strengthening, lightweight, easily malleable and recyclable. Until now, the mobility sector (automotive, railway, aerospace) uses comparatively heavy glass parts. OrganoGlas reaches 10 times higher stabilities than laminated glass. In automobile manufacturing it can achieve up to 5 % reduction in weight in a complete vehicle. Windows in airplanes could be enlarged whilst simultaneously reducing weight. Furthermore, with the application of OrganoGlas, new concepts in design and structuring, e.g. transparent A-pillars in automobiles are possible. Currently, the material is under development and should be marketable within the next 2 years.