IVW Student Competition 2023

Congenial Composite Carrier

Are you a student in Kaiserslautern, inventive and do you like to put new solutions into practice yourself? Then the Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe invites you to a competition!
With comparatively simple materials, which you will receive free of charge from IVW, your ideas and your skill, you will design and produce a prototype of a small means of transport in a manageable amount of time.
In competition with the solutions of your fellow students, your means of transport will be subjected to a test involving lightweight construction, acceleration and reliability. All details of the assignment as well as the evaluation criteria to be fulfilled will be handed out to you together with the materials.

Registration extended until 24 February 2023!

Participant Group and Team Size

All students who are enrolled at RPTU or Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences can participate; doctoral students are excluded. Teams of at least two and at most three students must be formed. A maximum of 12 teams will be admitted to the competition. The order of the incoming registrations counts.


Registration is only possible online via our registration form until 244 February 2023.

All accepted teams will receive a confirmation by email. With your registration you agree to a later publication of your solution on the IVW homepage as well as in other media. There is no obligation to submit a solution.

Task and Material Distribution

A complete task description and materials for performance will be provided by IVW on 03 March 2023 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Building 58, Room 110. Personal appearance is required.


You have until 12 July 2023, midnight, to find a solution, design and produce a testable prototype. At this time, a 1-4 page description of the design and the drive concept with illustration (CAD, hand sketch or photo) as well as a list of the auxiliary materials with cost information must be submitted to the jury by e-mail. The prototype must be shown to a jury member before the start on the day of the competition (13 July 2023) and must correspond to the description submitted in writing.

Evaluation and Awards Ceremony on the Day of the Competition

On 13 July 2022, a competition will take place at 11:00 am behind building 58 in the presence of all teams and the jury, where your construction will be subjected to a practical test. In case of heavy weather events, the competition day will be postponed at short notice.
All teams are invited to the IVW summer party with free food on the day of the competition.
Participation in further high-profile events is being planned with the winning teams and their vehicles.


  • First place team:        EUR 1,000,-

  • Second place team:   EUR 500,-

  • Third place team:       EUR 300,-