It is no longer possible to imagine society without norms and standards. They define, characterize, describe and thus have a quality-assuring effect, open up markets and promote transparency as well as the safety of products and processes.

In Germany, standards work is supported by the state (German Standards Strategy of the Federal Government) and is centrally bundled in DIN (German Institute for Standardization) in particular. Contrary to what is often assumed, however, standards are not created by the legislature or other government bodies, but are developed and maintained by so-called "interested parties". These interested parties consist of representatives of, for example, industrial companies, consumer organizations, research institutes or even public authorities, who work on standards and specifications under the organization of DIN in a consensus procedure and on a self-financed basis. Based on the various national standards organizations (DIN, BIS, ...), international standards are developed at the European level in CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and at the international level in ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe is committed to science and application in national and international standardization in the field of composite materials. This concerns, for example, the management and organization of national standardization, the development and revision of standards, participation in worldwide materials interlaboratory tests, the contribution of testing and materials technology expertise and experience, and the safeguarding of the interests of the German society in international committees.

IVW is active in standardization in the following committees and through the following persons:

  • Leader of the working group “Process simulation” in the ISO Standardization project “Test methods for the experimental characterization of in-plane permeability of fibrous reinforcements for liquid composite moulding"


Miro Duhovic

Manager Process Simulation

Special Expertise: Finite element-based multiphysics simulation of complex composite manufacturing processes, material and process characterization, composite model development

  • Chairman of the DIN working committee AK NA 060-34-15-01 „Plastic gears“ in „Mechanical Engineering“ (NAM)

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Joachim Hausmann

Research Director Component Development & Manager Fatigue & Life Time Prediction

Special Expertise: Method development for realistic and efficient material and component testing under consideration of environmental influences (temperature, humidity, media)

  • Technical Leader of the ISO Standardization project “Test methods for the experimental characterization of in-plane permeability of fibrous reinforcements for liquid composite moulding”

PD Dr.-Ing. habil.

David May

Research Director Digitalization & Manager Digitalized Process & Material Development

Special expertise: Process monitoring, experimental-simulative characterization of processing behavior (esp. permeability), Resin injection/infusion, Preforming

  • Chairman of the DIN section: “Thermosetting and Thermoplastic Materials” (NA 054-02 FB) within DIN Standards Committee “Plastics” (FNK)
  • Member of the advisory board of DIN Standards Committee “Plastics” (FNK)
  • Chairman of two DIN working committees "Reinforced plastics and thermosetting materials (NA 054-02-02 AA)  in “Plastics” (FNK) and "Composite Materials" (NA 131-02-01 AA) in “Aerospace” (NL)
  • Member of the German delegation to the international standardization meetings of the Technical Committee "Plastics" (TC61) at ISO
  • Project leader of several ISO and DIN standards (e.g. revision of ISO 527-4 „Determination of tensile properties“ or development of new standards like ISO-PWI „Tensile test for monolayer composite specimens”)


Sebastian Schmeer

Deputy Research Manager Component Development & Manager Mechanical Characterization & Modeling

Special Expertise: Mechanical characterization of materials, components and joints (strain rate & temperature variable), DIN/ISO standardization, material behavior under multi-axiality (tension/compression and torsion), FEM simulation (mechanical), material model parameterization, validation of FE simulation models by experimental investigations, structural integrity, metal-fiber reinforced composites

  • European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) – Technical Committee 4 (TC4)
    Polymers, Polymer Composites and Adhesives


Bernd Wetzel

Research Director Materials Science & Manager Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials

Special Expertise: Multifunctional thermosets, nanocomposites, tribology, fracture mechanics, structure-property relationships