The core tasks of the DITF include research and development in the entire spectrum of polymer synthesis, fiber and yarn spinning and nonwovens, as well as new matrix materials.
This area covers all types of high-performance and specialty fibers, from bio-based fibers to carbon and ceramic fibers to special functional fibers. The DITF have the expertise and the technical equipment to further develop the common primary and secondary spinning processes as well as nonwoven technologies under ever new aspects and to bring forth completely new technologies. Filament yarn finishing, twisting and winding technologies, and broad-based research into package formation round off this expertise.
Whether in polymer synthesis, the development of new matrix materials for composites as well as ever new fiber types, in wet, dry and melt spinning processes or in staple fiber development: with its basic and application-oriented research, the textile research center is constantly breaking new ground in order to be able to offer textile companies new materials that will help them to advance in international competition.
Wherever fiber development leads: At the DITF, sustainability and environmental aspects are always on board, such as in the production of carbon fibers and thermoplastic fibers from renewable raw materials. The recycling options of fiber materials are also being researched, as is the recycling of "post-consumer" waste into new high-performance products.
- Processing of natural fibers
- Biobased, biodegradable polymers and coatings
- Biocompatible biomaterials
- Oxide ceramic fibers
- Thermoset and thermoplastic matrices
- Low-cost, low-energy biobased carbon fibers
- Functional fibers (conductive, self-healing, sensory)
- Sound-absorbing and light-technical materials
- Flame retardants