In 2020 we will celebrate 30 years of IVW with a twoday festive colloquium on 16th and 17th September 2020. Our concept “From Fundamental Research to Application” has proven to be extremely successful since our foundation by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1990 and the institute has developed into a leading research institution in the promising field of fiber composites in recent years. After a great effort by our founding fathers, Professors Manfred Neitzel, Klaus Friedrich and Martin Maier, with a highly motivated team since day 1, we can now look back with pride on a number of important basic research projects (169 dissertations to date alone), innovations, successful spin-offs and international networks.
Yet, we also have many plans for the future. In a society that is fortunately getting older and wealthier, we need new solutions in medical and health technology. Therefore, we are developing advanced technologies for customized orthoses and radiolucent implants, examples of which can be found on page 53 and 63 of this report. In the area of mobility, not only light and highstrength structures that can be produced particularly cost-effectively and provide passengers with the best possible protection are in demand, but also multifunctional and sustainable solutions. You can find examples on page 41, 67, 79, 85, 87, 93 and 99. In the highly important energy sector we are working on further reducing friction and wear (example on page 57, 109 and 111) and on advanced technologies for energy storage (examples on page 81 and 105). In all our work and further developments we are guided by three key principles: Firstly, a holistic research approach that takes into account the entire process chain from materials, component development and production to operation and recycling. Secondly, the use of material multi-functionality at micro and meso level, which is particularly easy to implement with composite materials. And thirdly, the principle of sustainability by ensuring that components can be used for extremely long periods, easily repaired and efficiently reused at the end of their life cycle.