From Fundamental Research to Application

The Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW) is a nonprofit research institution of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK). It researches fundamentals for future applications of composite materials, which are of great importance for the mobility of the future, the fields of energy, climate and environment, production technology as well as for health care. New materials, construction methods and manufacturing processes are investigated and - after the basic understanding has been developed - tailor-made for the respective requirements.

The focus is on the entire process chain, from basic materials to characterization and simulation, from construction methods and production technology to component testing and recycling. New ideas and innovative concepts are not only an essential part of the research and further development of the institute, but also lead to spin-offs. Newly acquired knowledge is transferred, above all into science, but also into teaching, the interested public and industrial applications.

As a member of the Leibniz Association, the institute receives institutional grants in accordance with the AV-WGL for the joint financial support of institutions by the federal and state governments (federal share 50%, share of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the entirety of the states 50%).



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      Invitation to IVW Technology Day on 14.09.2022


      „Technology Center Thermoplastic Composites (TTC)“

      Thermoplastic fiber composites enable cost-efficient semi-finished products, simple shaping options, weldability and material recycling. This makes a wide range of innovations possible, e.g. in transportation, medical technology as well as energy technology. The Technology Center Thermoplastic Composites "TTC" at Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe is a development catalyst for regional and national medium-sized companies and large enterprises along the entire process chain. For this purpose, particularly high-quality and advanced plant technology has been installed at IVW, which is used to cooperate with research partners on applications of tomorrow and the foundations for innovations of the future.

      At our Technology Day, we will present current research work, developments and insights into plant technology "on site" in our laboratories in a presence meeting together with our well-known manufacturers.

      You can expect exciting presentations on ultrafast tape laying, press technology, hybrid component manufacturing, advanced X-ray processes as well as quasi-static and short-term dynamic mechanical material characterization.

      Here you can find further information as well as the posibility for registration.

      Further development of hydrogen technology through fiber composite

      State Secretary Dr. Alt presents IVW with grant of €2.9 million

      Hydrogen technology is one of the greatest hopes in the fight against climate change, for example on the way to sustainable mobility. The Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe (IVW) in Kaiserslautern, which is one of Germany's leading research institutes in the field of innovative materials, is making essential contributions to the success of this technology with its research work. As part of its latest research project in this field, the institute is receiving funding from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) totaling €2.9 million for the future development of novel pressure vessels made of innovative thermoplastic fiber composites for the storage and transport of hydrogen.
      State Secretary Dr. Denis Alt from the Ministry of Science and Health in Rhineland-Palatinate, said at the presentation of the grant: "The state government promotes hydrogen technology out of conviction. It is a key technology for reducing CO2 emissions: The further development of hydrogen storage technology through the use of fiber composites as part of  IVW project represents an important step on the road to climate neutrality in the areas of transport and industry. At the same time, this project will provide important impetus for science and industry in Rhineland-Palatinate and nationwide. This shows once again how important and powerful IVW's research is not only for the region, but for our society."
      Professor Ulf Breuer, Scientific Director of the Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe added: "With the funds from this grant project, we will not only be able to develop advanced structures for hydrogen storage and transport, but consequently also invest in the necessary equipment and testing facilities that will enable efficient design and manufacturing. This will take us, our partners and our industrial customers quite decisive steps forward."
      Current hydrogen storage systems made of metal are too heavy for future mobile applications, and the lightweight solutions available to date are not sufficiently capable of large-scale production. For this reason, the basic knowledge and suitable infrastructure for efficient, large-scale production of hydrogen storage and transport systems based on particularly environmentally friendly and recyclable thermoplastic fiber composites will be developed in the future at IVW as part of the project "Infrastructure development for thermoplastic fiber composite pressure vessels for hydrogen storage and transport (TPC-H2-Storage)".

      Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Neitzel has passed away

      On January 24, 2022, the founder and long-time director of our company, our dear Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Neitzel, passed away.

      Professor Neitzel, born in 1934, studied mechanical engineering and received his doctorate from the Technical University of Hanover in 1965. In 1968, he completed his habilitation on the subject of "Composite materials in pressure vessel construction".  From 1969 on he worked for BASF, where he was extremely successful in setting up a research group in the field of composite materials. In 1990 he was appointed managing director of the newly founded Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW GmbH). Step by step, with great success, he developed our institute into an important partner for industry and science. At the end of 2002 he left the institute to take his well-deserved retirement.

      Professor Neitzel was the author and editor of several textbooks (including "Die Verarbeitungstechnik der Faser-Kunststoff-Verbunde" and "Handbuch Verbundwerkstoffe") and numerous international scientific publications in the field of fiber composites. He contributed to teaching at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering with his own lectures on plastics and composites. At IVW, he successfully built up the area of Manufacturing Science and placed particular emphasis on the promising field of thermoplastic fiber composites as well as on corresponding industrial cooperations for technology transfer. He guided numerous scientific employees, who today work in leading positions in industry and science, to their doctorates.

      Professor Neitzel received the highest award of the state, the Order of Merit of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, for his services to the establishment and further development of IVW. This was presented to him on November 20, 2002 in Mainz by the then Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate Kurt Beck.

      Through his creative energy, his positive basic attitude, his great skill in shaping national and international networks, his desire for friendship and cooperation, his leadership and, above all, his special talent for motivating people who were entrusted to his care, he shaped our company from the very beginning and laid the foundations of our success. We remember him with great appreciation and gratitude.


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