The department of Multifunctional Materials is doing research on the development, characterization and qualification of advanced fibre composite materials. New materials with superior properties are a prerequisite for technological innovations. Especially the integration of new functionalities is the key to further enhance the competitiveness and application range of composite materials. The collaborative research on composite materials within interdisciplinary and international teams is focused on the following areas:
Based on our knowledge and experience in composite materials we explore new possibilities to enhance the properties and functionality of composites in many aspects. By adding nano-scaled particles the mechanical properties, processibility and fire resistance of composite materials are drastically enhanced. New bio-composite are developed and characterized to offer sustainable and environmentally friendly material solutions. Beyond that, new functional materials with sensing and actuation capabilities as components for adaptive structures are investigated. Sensor and actuator networks are embedded in materials to allow a continuous monitoring of fibre composite structures during production and operation.
The department of Multifunctional Materials operates facilities for static and dynamic testing of materials and structures. In combination with a well equipped thermo- analysis lab and a long experience in non destructive testing with ultrasound, new material systems from coupon level and beyond can be evaluated. Our competence profile comprises: