Research Group Complex Structural Components

Fields of work

For extreme lightweight applications and fiber-plastic composites with graded properties in the reinforcing fibers and matrix materials, the working group researches and develops theoretical methods and generative manufacturing processes in an interdisciplinary research approach. The Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP) technology developed at the IPF is primarily used for the realization of innovative lightweight components. 


  • Development of new design and optimization methods for variable-axial composite
  • Optimization of variable-axial composite parts for strength and stiffness 
  • Manufacturing of composite prototype parts with thermoset and thermoplastic matrix materials
  • Development and application of generative manufactured Mulit-Matrix Composites (MMC)

Members of the Workgroup

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel SpickenheuerHead of workgroup
Amen Ali Abdalla Scientific staff member
Jonathan AndräScientific staff member
Sascha BrukScientific staff member
Dr. Tales de Vargas LisbôaScientific staff member
Simon KonzeScientific staff member
Dr. Ana Barbara Krummenauer FormentonGuest scientist
Moritz Kurkowski Scientific staff member
Nicole SchmidtTechnician 
Dr. Eduardo Antonio Wink de Menezes Scientific staff member
Cameron WelkerScientific staff member

Exampless: TFP preforms, composite parts and textile implants