As the new “dual leadership“ of the Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH, we are pleased to jointly present our Annual Report 2021 to you. We have divided the management into a scientific and an administrative area, as has long been the practice at institutions of the Leibniz Association, in order to be able to research, develop and work for you even more efficiently in the future in the field of fiber-reinforced composites.
We would like to thank you for the many congratulations we received on the occasion of our celebratory colloquium on September 8-9 to mark the 30th anniversary of our institute. The commemorative brochure with many statements of our satisfied partners and customers as well as interesting technical contributions of our scientists is available on our homepage.
With the death of our dear colleague and friend, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. mult. Klaus Friedrich, a pioneer of IVW, an internationally renowned scientist and a great human role model has left us in May 2021. He was posthumously awarded the “Medal of Excellence 2021 in Composite Materials“ by the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware. We look back with gratitude on the joint endeavors with Professor Friedrich and will in particular continue to advance the issues of promoting young scientists and internationalization that were so important to him.
The societal challenges in energy, climate, environment, the mobility sector and health continue to be the focus of our work. Solutions with fiber-reinforced composites make decisive contributions to improvements over the state of the art. We stand for excellent research that covers the entire process chain − from materials to component development and production to operation and recycling. Also in 2021 we have made progress. You can find an overview in the blue section „Projects“. Our creative employees always play the decisive role. They are the most important foundation of our success. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to express our special thanks to them.
In 2022, we will commission the last major acquisition within the framework of our Thermoplastic Composites Technology Center (TTC), our Langzauner press, which will also enable us to drive forward important research and development work on larger structural components. This will enable forming and re-forming processes as well as combinations thereof, with continuous as well as discontinuous fiber reinforcement (also hybrids). 25,000 kN press force, a 3m x 2m clamping platen for large molds, combined with the possibility of high closing speeds of up to 800 mm/s and fast pressure build-up times of less than
1 s, offer excellent possibilities in combination with an upstream infrared emitter field, for example, also for high-performance thermoplastics. You can find all the details at Technology Center Thermoplastic Composites (TTC).
A new, exciting year lies ahead.
We are looking forward to it!
Ulf Breuer & Pascal Sadaune