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M.Sc. Paul Ruhland

Akad. Mitarbeiter
Bereich: Maschinen, Anlagen und Prozessautomatisierung
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Paul RuhlandRbf7∂kit edu

Campus Süd

M.Sc. Paul Ruhland

Forschungs- und Arbeitsgebiete:
  • Fertigungsverfahren für hybride Faserverbund-Metall-Bauteile
  • Preforming
  • Montage- und Drapierprozesse für technische Textilien
  • Industrie 4.0





seit 02/2016 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Produktionstechnik (wbk) des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) 
10/2009 - 01/2016 Studium des Maschinenbaus am KIT



[ 1 ] Fleischer, J.; Koch, S. & Ruhland, P. (2016), „Rotational Molding of Fiber Reinforced Plastics with Elastic Composite Core“. Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness, Hrsg. Dimitrov, D. & Oosthuizen, T., S. 181-186.
The rotational molding with an elastic composite core is an interesting process for the manufacturing of fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) with polygon cross-section. The polygon shape can be used for an in-mould-assembly of FRP and metal structures. On this way a load transmission with combined form-fit and adhesive bonding can be realized. Those hybrid parts are a suitable lightweight solution for shafts, pipes and profiles. The processing via rotational molding with composite core can be carried out as follows: First dry continuous fiber structures and the elastic composite core are assembled and then laid in a closed mold. Subsequently, liquid thermosetting resin is cast and the mold is rotated at high speed. During rotation the composite cores expands and pushes the matrix into the areas that normally, without the composite core, would not be impregnated. The rotation is continued until the fiber structure is fully impregnated and the polymer is cured. Within this paper, the manufacturing of polygon profiles with an elastic composite core is described. An analytic approach is introduced, which enables an ideal design and material choice of the elastic composite core and the achievement of high fiber volume fractions for fiber reinforced plastic hollow structures. Furthermore the manufacturing of elastic cores are depicted.

[ 2 ] Nieschlag, J.; Ruhland, P.; Daubner, S.; Koch, S. & Fleischer, J. (2018), „Finite element optimisation for rotational moulding with a core to manufacture intrinsic hybrid FRP metal pipes“, Produktion Engineering, Band 12, Nr. 2, S. 239-247. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11740-017-0788-6
Lightweight construction is gaining in importance due to increasing demands for energy efficiency. In drive technology, lightweight shafts can for example be produced in a centrifugal process in which dry, hollow fibre preforms are impregnated with polymer resin and cured under rotation. Furthermore, hybrid FRP-metal lightweight shafts can be produced by intrinsically incorporating additional metal load-introducing elements into the process. Due to the nature of the process, the transition between the materials may be conducted in a form-fitting way. So-called centrifugal cores are used for being able to achieve a higher fibre-volume content or produce polygonal profiles with a form fit. The cores made of a silicone-lead compound expand due to the rotational forces. The resulting pressure leads to a good impregnation of the corner areas. Compared to cylindrical centrifugal cores, polygonal ones have a more complex geometry. Designing with FEM is consequently more appropriate. Therefore, this paper shall portray finite element modelling of a polygonal centrifugal core. The challenge of this endeavour constitutes in developing a centrifugal core, which expansion executes a constant impregnation pressure via the profile onto the impregnated fibre layer. For this purpose, the centrifugal core is modelled as an elastic body in ABAQUS. Subsequently, the centrifugal core’s optimum geometry is derived with an optimisation approach. In conclusion, the calculated centrifugal cores are produced in order to be able to manufacture hybrid shafts.