The research unit "Fracture Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics of Reinforced Elastomeric Blends" was established in 2005 by the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG). The five project groups are located at the Leibniz-Institute for polymer research in Dresden, the Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research Mainz, the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the Dresden University of Technology and the German Institute of Rubber Technology Hannover.
After a successfull defence of the results of the first founding periode and the presentation of the future concept, we get the founding for the next three years (2009 - 2012). Additional we could expand the research group for a sixth project. These project contains the investigation of online structure characterisation during deformation and fracture, the development of test procedures for the crack propagation under dynamic loading and the consideration of uncertain material parameters within the fuzzy analysis framework.
The research unit combines various experimental methods for fracture mechanical characterization of filled elastomeric blends, operating on different length scales, with new methods of material modeling. The objective is to gain a multiscale understanding of the fracture process in such materials and to establish relevant models for their description to produce manageable and reliable durability predictions combined with the finite element modeling.
Spokesman: Prof. Dr. Gert Heinrich (Leibniz Institute for polymer research Dresden)
Deutsches Institut für
für Polymerforschung Mainz
Institut für allgemeinen Maschinenbau
Institut für Statik und
Dynamik der Tragwerke