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SOLUTlONS art

T.S.: The free-floating shape

in itself is already a statement.

Along with the creative process Thomas Schönauer is
driven by a strong societal mission. He is persistently pointing out the mental neglect of
our culture. In everything he
does, he has the bigger picture
in mind. He refers to investment architecture as a sort
of environmental pollution,
since these buildings do not
have a deeper message and are
lacking a spiritual context.

I consider myself as a trainer
of untamed material

Textile-reinforced
concrete
© (ITA Aachen)

We want to make this new material of reinforced
concrete socially and publicly accepted

Thomas Schönauer is a German artist who lives
in Düsseldorf. After his studies in philosophy and
literature, he continued to study Fine Arts in Winnipeg (Canada) and at the Düsseldorf School of Fine
Arts. He won several international competitions
and enjoys an excellent international reputation as
© Stefano Levy
a sculptor and painter. The Association of German
Architects (BDA) made him an honorary member in 2012.
His sources of inspiration are, among others, literature, architecture,
his numerous travels and contacts with other cultures.
Schönauer: "I consider myself as man of space and I am happy to
bring my contribution to shape this world."

"

The first mock-up that encouraged Professor Thomas Gries
to start a partnership with Thomas Schönauer

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Professor Thomas Gries, head of the Institute of Textile Technology at the RWTH
Aachen and academic chair of textile machinery, runs various research and development
projects related to textile-based materials.
His institute has a worldwide reputation and
©ITA Aachen,Winandy works in close cooperation with a variety of
partners. Investigating and working with textile-reinforced
concrete is one of the institute's core research areas. The
institute itself has a light-transmitting façade made of
translucent concrete and is a mirror that illustrates the aesthetic possibilities of the material. Optical fibres integrated
in the cement matrix allow a fascinating play of light at night
time and communicate with the environment. In 2012, the
Institute received the Best Life Environment Award from the
Directorate-General for Environment of the EU Commission.

jec composites magazine / N°129 July - August 2019

JEC Composites Magazine: Allowing an unconventional artistic
view on scientific research is not
a common practice. As a genuine
expert in textile-reinforced concrete, what was your main reason and motivation to start this
common journey with the engineering artist Thomas Schönauer? According to you, what is the
value of this unusual endeavour
and what have you discovered?

Thomas Gries: I am characterized and driven by my
mechanical engineering and scientific background. However,
the totally different view on the
material from an artist's point of
view is extremely inspiring and
leads us to a completely new
approach. I already had some
projects with artists in the past,
but this is the first time I experience this intellectual depth - it
is a perfect match. In a similar
way that we as scientists look for
an interdisciplinary and holistic
approach, the engineering artist
Thomas Schönauer has a broad
philosophical background and a

true disruptive mindset to look
upon things in a new way. He
strives to always bring new impulses to look upon things differently and in a disruptive manner.
Our mutual cooperation brings
new perspectives and leads us
both to new horizons that we
are unable to predict right now.
This is precisely what makes
this cooperation so exciting and
unique. We want to make this
new material socially and publicly accepted and thus create a
"pull" effect for reinforced concrete by establishing a brand.
By going into series production
and creating a variety of different
configurations of the sculpture,
we strive to optimize the range
and increase the awareness for
the usability and performance of
the material.

"

JEC: Your art has a socio-critical
dimension as you like to turn
upside down conventional ways
to perceive the world around
us. What was your wake-up
call with Con-Textures?

My claim for researchers and
innovators is: Train your
brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your
visions. We should constantly
question and re-explore what
we are doing, thus being ready
for change and innovation.

"

driven by a restless pioneering
spirit and inquiring mind and
I have always been searching
to approach the limits of what
is physically and technically
feasible in partnership with
structural and material engineers. The atomic dissolution
and the blurring of the microand macro-cosmos, the inconceivable dimension of infinity
are a constant fascination and
my source of inspiration.

More information:
http://www.ita.rwthaachen.de/cms/ITA/
Die-Organisationseinheit/
Aktuelle-Meldungen/~scym/
Weltpremiere-CON-TEXTURESSkulptur-auf-d/?lidx=1


http://www.ita.rwth-aachen.de/cms/ITA/Die-Organisationseinheit/Aktuelle-Meldungen/%7Escym/Weltpremiere-CON-TEXTURES-Skulptur-auf-d/?lidx=1

JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019

Cover
Edito
Moving composites forward: on the shoulders of giant
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Successful partners
Agenda
BUSINESS
Matrix - CFRP composite manufacturing trends
Cost - A brand-new approach for economically competitive composites
MANUFACTURING
Fibre placement - Replacing individual unit tests by integrated process control
NDT - Optical metrology improves the production of composite products at every step
Initiative - Spotlights from the world of lightweighting
FEATURE SPORTS & LEISURE - The largest testing ground
Success story - DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis
Carbon - New type of unidirectional prepreg for sport applications with complex shapes
Additive manufacturing - lnnovative composite bicycle frame
Textile - Porcher lndustries: excellence in sports and leisure
Innovations - Sports on the scene at JEC World 2019
Carbon - The next generation of high-performance rigging
Standardisation - Research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications
SOLUTIONS
Infrastructure - Can carbon-reinforced concrete replace steel in the long run?
Art - “Train your brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your visions!”
Music - Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres
Watch - A watch ahead of its time
In the world - Composites visit the doctor
TECHNOLOGY
Ageing - Effects of ageing on the mechanical and structural properties of glass/epoxy composite pipes in seawater
Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Research Group – Queen’s University Belfast
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Moving composites forward: on the shoulders of giant
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - In brief
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Successful partners
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Agenda
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Matrix - CFRP composite manufacturing trends
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 14
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Cost - A brand-new approach for economically competitive composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Fibre placement - Replacing individual unit tests by integrated process control
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 20
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - NDT - Optical metrology improves the production of composite products at every step
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Initiative - Spotlights from the world of lightweighting
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 25
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 26
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Success story - DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Carbon - New type of unidirectional prepreg for sport applications with complex shapes
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Additive manufacturing - lnnovative composite bicycle frame
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 32
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Textile - Porcher lndustries: excellence in sports and leisure
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 34
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Innovations - Sports on the scene at JEC World 2019
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 37
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Carbon - The next generation of high-performance rigging
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Standardisation - Research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Infrastructure - Can carbon-reinforced concrete replace steel in the long run?
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 45
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Art - “Train your brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your visions!”
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Music - Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Watch - A watch ahead of its time
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - In the world - Composites visit the doctor
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Ageing - Effects of ageing on the mechanical and structural properties of glass/epoxy composite pipes in seawater
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 57
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 61
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Research Group – Queen’s University Belfast
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