Fiber-reinforced composites

Source: Fraunhofer Institut

The use of fiber composite materials plays a very important role especially in the aerospace industry and has established itself as a material. In the automotive construction and mechanical engineering composite materials are increasingly used especially in view of its lightweight properties as well as the environmental benefits.

Great challenges are, however, aspects of economic production, high volume, suitable for mass production manufacturing processes, joining techniques, quality assurance and repair and recycling methods.Through the use of composite materials systems and composite materials, innovative materials and processes can be developed, which provide answers to the challenges.


Composites with polymer matrix

Textile technologies

Textile technologies, such as embroidery, knitting or weaving, are important tools to realize simple, fast and therefore economic processes for the manufacture of composite structures.

Curing resin and resin development

Curing processes and resins used are of considerable importance for the production of fiber-reinforced composites. The interaction of composites, resin and curing is a complicated topic with lots of potential for new approaches.

Manufacturing processes

How the fabricated structures can be edited of high quality and low costs is another important issue. Processes such as RTM, VAP or Quick-Step  as well as processing by water jet or cutting processes are issues here.



Ceramic fiber-reinforced composites


The best known application for fiber-reinforced ceramics are ceramic brakes. Properties such as high heat resistance, high wear resistance and good thermal shock resistance characterize the fiber ceramics. By selecting the fiber (oxide / non-oxide) and the matrix system, asked requirements can specifically be achieved.




Günter H. Deinzer

Head of Materials Technology & Recycling,
AUDI AG, Neckarsulm

Dr. Hubert Jäger
Senior Vice President,
Technology & Innovation,
SGL Carbon GmbH