Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Edith Mäder
In the department of Composite Materials, the focus of research and teaching is set on fibre as well as particle reinforced materials based on thermoplastic, thermoset, elastomer, and cement matrix systems, concentrating on the interphase structure formation for the development of efficient lightweight materials.
Using unique glass fibre spinning devices, the development is directed towards nanostructured fibres applicable for function integration or the development of novel multicomponent materials for systematic light-weight construction.
Another focus of research are elastomeric materials and the development of novel high performance elastomers based on various nanofillers or reinforced by fibres, including the vulcanisation and characterisation of elastomeric nanocomposites.
Application of the Tailored Fibre Placement Technology allows the development and manufacturing of topology optimised structural parts made of continuous fibre reinforced plastics with extremely high stiffness to weight ratios.
The department’s research based on nanotechnology, various reinforcement materials and matrices contributes to the development of novel multifunctional light weight materials. The investigation of interfaces and interphases aims at improved mechanical properties and the realization of functional interphase.
- Structure property relationship of composite materials
- Micromechanical test methods for interphase evaluation to reveal interaction mechanisms
- Improvement of durability / aging behaviour of composites by interface modification
- Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP)using different high performance fibres
- FEA based perform/part design and automated preform deduction for the TFP Process
- Tissue Engineering with scaffolds made from embroidered textile structures
- Online commingled yarn technology for continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastics
- Multifunctional materials based on different reinforcement fibres and matrices