Tailored & Smart Composites

From multifunctional material to system – composite materials allow a variety of functional properties to be combined with optimum structural performance. This makes them a key element of mechatronics and adaptronics, a rapidly advancing field of research today. The main challenge is to master the complex property profile of these materials along the entire development chain from design and production to system integration and testing of the finished component. This is where the research activities of the competence field Tailored & Smart Composites start: The focus is on understanding the relationships between structure, process, and the resulting properties of multifunctional composites.

We are working on the development of new methods for non-destructive testing of composite materials and we integrate sensors or actuators in fiber-reinforced components so that they can adjust adaptively to their environment. After their design by finite element methods, we can produce such materials using standard methods, process them into components or semi-finished products and comprehensively characterize both, the material properties and the special functions.

Dr. rer. nat.

Martin Gurka

Deputy Research Director Materials Science & Manager Tailored & Smart Composites

Economic Sectors Applications (Examples)
Automotive & Aeronautics Adaptive aerodynamics
Engineering and systems engineering Integrated sensors
Medical engineering X-ray-transparent implants

Special Expertise

  • „One Stop Shop“: design - simulation - realization - testing
  • Combination of composite know-how with smart materials expertise
  • Hybrid composites based on polymer blends

Materials and Questions

Typical Materials

  • Composites, piezo ceramics, shape memory alloys

Typical Questions and challenges on the way from material to system are...

  • the effcient theoretical and experimental description of the complex property profiles of multifunctional materials
  • the development of suitable measuring and testing equipment and associated methods for multiphysical material characterization
  • the development of complexity-adapted, cross-scale material models for processing and component design

Projects in this field

Publications from the IVW papers in this field of competence

  • Hübler, M.

    Methodik zur Auslegung und Herstellung von aktiven SMA-FKV-Hybridverbunden

    External Publications „Tailored & Smart Composites“

    Physics of Multifunctional Materials
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