Composite Materials

Institute of Manufacturing Technologies of Ceramic Components and Composites

Optimization of lightweigth structures: Profitability, resource efficiency and target costs.

Material development, process development and verification are linked together. In addition to the complete process know-how, the characterization and verification of the materials and components at the institute are also part of the process. A main focus of the department is on cost-effective new developments in the field of high-temperature composites for the conversion into high-volume serial applications.

Further research topics

  • High performance brake materials
  • High temperature polymers
  • Ceramic composites (CMC)
  • 3D-reinforcement (thru-thickness) for ceramic composites
  • Alternative fiber materials
  • High performance friction materials
  • Particle and fiber reinforced polymeric cement
  • Cutting protection fabrics
  • Electromagentic shielding in lightweight construction

Manufacturing Technologie

  • Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM, VaRTM)
  • Vacuum Infusion (VARI)
  • Warm pressing
  • SMC
  • Ceramic Pultrusion
  • Polymer Infiltration and Pyrolysis (PIP)
  • Liquid Phase Siliconizing
  • Filament-Wet-Winding
  • Fiber preforming / Handling


  • Fiber and particle reinforced light metals (MMC)
  • Fiber reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC)
  • High temperature Polymer Matrix Composites up to 400 °C (PMC)
  • Polymer based fiber reinforced ceramics and hybrid composites for elevated temperatures up to 1000 °C
  • Lightweight materials for tribological systems (e.g. high performance brake rotors)
  • Fire protection / nonflammable composites
  • Lightweight heat shielding and insulation materials
  • Ballistic protection

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