Fiber composite and lightweight construction

Fiber reinforced composites 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.

Infos und Downdloads

    BioMat Pavilion 2021 opened

    The pavilion on the Stuttgart Campus is the result of the LeichtPRO research project for future-oriented sustainable architecture. The DITF, together with CG-Tec, BAM and Steinhuder Werkzeugbau, developed and produced the pultruded profiles used from flax and hemp fibers. Press Release of Stuttgart University

    Larissa Born receives Manfred Hirschvogel Award

    Dr.-Ing. Larissa Born receives the Manfred Hirschvogel Award. The prize is awarded annually at the nine leading technical universities in Germany for the best dissertation in the field of mechanical engineering. The DITF congratulates the scientist at the ITFT on this achievement!

    Link to the press release of the ITFT

    Latent epoxy systems for fiber-reinforced plastics

    DITF develop new resin systems for fiber-reinforced plastics that simplify process technology.

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    • Textile automobile door in the acoustic testing room of DITF
    Smart textiles in the mobile exterior - the car of tomorrow

    Light, smart, functionalized: Textiles are revolutionising micro electric vehicles in the micromobility class.

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