The aim of the project ELSE, founded by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is the development of rotational storage devices with reduced flywheel mass that absorb a large amount of energy in short time and release it again. For this purpose, a high static and dynamic strength of the flywheels is required, which in the moment is only accessible by using carbon fibre reinforced plastics. By adding carbon nanotubes to the resin system the resulting plastics show high form stability and long lifetime.
In this project, the BAuA works on occupational health and safety aspects during manufacture and use in the lifecyle of carbon fibre reinforced plastics. The focus is the morphological characterisation of the carbon nanotubes used in the composite materials. Moreover, laboratory test should analyse the release of particles and fibres during typical processing activities like grinding and drilling. Supplementary to this, work place measurements during manufacture and use of fibre-reinforced composite material will be carried out.
Unit 4.5 "Particulate Hazardous Substances, Advanced Materials"