Kenneth Frogner is the head of R&D at Corebon AB and expert in induction heating technology. Kenneth is inventor of heating solutions and equipment for fast and efficient processing of composites in general and carbon fiber reinforced plastics in particular. He is a co-founder of the induction heating division of the company and the technology is now being offered to a large range of fields, from production of sporting goods and automotive parts to industrial applications and the aircraft industry.
Kenneth graduated as a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2008, followed by a Ph.D. degree with the title Industrial Induction Heating – with a focus on multi coil solutions, about efficient, uniform and controllable induction heating technology, from the Division of Production and Materials Engineering at Lund University. Beside the work at Corebon, Kenneth has been a part time employee as assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lund University since 2014. Kenneth has 25 scientific publications, is the author of numerous technical reports and several patents and patent applications.
After involvement in a huge number of commercial and scientific projects within the production and processing field, a deep knowledge and understanding of the technical challenges in the composite industry has been acquired. A key for the development of a novel frequency inverter based on silicon carbide transistors, which together with innovative inductor design allows for efficient, direct heating of carbon fiber through induction. The result is a versatile platform suitable for compression molding, resin transfer molding, filament winding, thermoplastic composite welding etc., with benefits in terms of processing speed and product quality.
Areas of expertise includes not only system and material understanding, but also deep knowledge in design and FEM simulations of electromagnetic circuits, thermal modelling, optimization, thermography, measurements and testing. Kenneth has held courses both for industry and academia on different topics and also been a speaker at various conferences.