Fiber composite and lightweight construction

Fiber reinforced composite materials are the future. They offer more advantages than the sum of their raw materials and can revolutionize many technical applications.

Fibers are built into polymers, metals, and ceramics; this helps them to become lighter, stronger, better malleable, and less brittle. The lightweight design benefits as much as the automotive industry, energy technology, and mechanical engineering. In the course of the debate on energy and resource efficiency in the building industry as well as mobility, fiber composite materials offer advantages since they are lightweight and use fewer resources.

The DITF allow themselves to be inspired by nature when developing new composite materials: Bionic structures are an essential driving force, for example, for novel three-dimensional and lightweight building constructions. Researchers have a particular interest in the interfaces between fiber and matrix when it comes to lightweight construction. For instance, modifying the surface of the fiber and tailoring the sizing to the specific application optimizes the function of the composite material.

It is a challenge to predict the behavior of innovative composite materials under an application characteristic load. The DITF meet this challenge with modern simulation techniques. Based on these methods, it is possible to make assertions about the manufacturing, processing, and behavior of new composite materials at an early stage of development.

The DITF further integrate testing technology into research. Fiber composite materials differ from conventional materials. Therefore, testing methods are not directly transferable. Distinct standards or entirely different testing methods must be developed to adapt them to the new materials.