It all started with Kurt Berglund, Professor of Material Strength, who met Christer Larsson in the first decade of 2000. Kurt has worked in product development, manufacturing composite materials and the production of pressure tanks since the 1970’s and thought that this could be made more efficient with the aid of RCN’s expertise in robot automation. Now, approximately 10 years on, RCN has delivered three installations for the production of pressure tanks in Europe and Asia.
“To develop such an advanced installation for manufacturing composite materials requires a lot of knowledge”
Professor Kurt Berglund, who is an expert in the field, explains more about what this project may mean for the market.
According to the information we have, you already began your own research on the subject in the 70's, what drove your interest?
I have always been interested in the mechanics of both rigid and deformable bodies. The foundations were already laid when I was a child. My brother and I spent a lot of time designing and building things out of wood and steel, sometimes successfully, sometimes less so.
When I did my doctoral work at KTH, my supervisor awakened my interest in materials with a visible internal structure. Fiber composites are an example of such material. I was fascinated by the possibilities of designing not just a product such as this, but also tailoring the material for it.