Variable-axial composite structures

To be able to realize fibre arrangements that meet the calculated requirements concerning direction and accumulation of fibres, we developed the Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP)-Technology, numerical design methods and process software for computable complex fiber reinforced parts.

The reinforcement structure is produced by the lay up of a single roving. This roving is fixed by stitching to the base material. The base material can be a 2D-textile such as a woven fabric or for thermoplastic composites a matrix-compatible foil material. During the process, the stitching unit is stationary and the base material is moved using numerical control. more

Material Characterization

  • Know-how from basic research is directly transferred to industry-oriented projects and into practice
  • Increase of lightweight construction potential by variable-axial fibre composite design instead of conventional multiaxial fibre composite structures
  • Development and use of novel approaches for structure design and modelling of complex variable-axial fibre composite components
  • Preform and component manufacturing by Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP)-Technology of matrix infiltration by processes of pressing, infusing and injecting

Range of Services

Research and Development

  • Production of textile stress-adjusted variable-axial reinforcement structures by TFP-Technology
  • Use of unical methods for component design and modelling in connection with commercial finite element analysis applications
  • Development and use of novel software tools, especially for the optimization of TFP-samples and processes

Consulting and further training

  • In case of questions according to design and fabrication of variable-axial fibre composite components
  • Professional seminars, master theses and graduations


Dr. Axel Spickenheuer
+49 351 4658 374 +49 351 4658 290

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