Smart sensors for the acquisition of material data

Smart testing technology can enrich the database of digital material twins, thus generating significant benefits for Industry 4.0. studio.201 software GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructures of Materials and Systems IMWS intend to provide proof of this in a recently launched joint project using the example of a digitized process and value-added chain in plastics processing.


Standardized test method for the quality control of high-strength sandwich components

Drawing on new findings on the microstructure of lightweight sandwich structures using in-situ X-ray tomography, the Fraunhofer IMWS has developed a standardized test method for determining the fracture toughness of sandwich components.


Lightweight technology with a thermoplastic honeycomb core

Lightweight materials play an essential role in automotive construction when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions. The Fraunhofer IMWS is developing hybrid organosandwich components with a honeycomb core that can be used for automotive applications.


Novel high-performance thermoplastics for economic application in lightweight structural applications

In a joint project with DOMO Engineering Plastics GmbH (DOMO EP), the Fraunhofer IMWS is therefore conducting research into new thermoplastic semi-finished fiber composite products to meet both of these requirements.In a joint project with DOMO Engineering Plastics GmbH (DOMO EP), the Fraunhofer IMWS is therefore conducting research into new thermoplastic semi-finished fiber composite products to meet both of these requirements.


Optimized synthetic thermoplastics for 3D printing

The Fraunhofer IMWS and Brightlands Materials Center want to optimize fiber-reinforced thermoplastics to make them suited for 3D printing. 


Stone as a Reinforcing Component

The Fraunhofer IMWS is working with project partners to develop innovative thermoplastic composites with reinforcement fibers made from basalt stone.


Efficient polyamides through electron irradiation

In a research project, Fraunhofer experts want to improve the properties of moulded synthetic thermoplastic parts by irradiating them with electrons.


Blending systems with bio-based plastics

In a new project, researchers are working on also optimising bio-based plastics for application in polymer blends with petro-chemically produced plastics.


Sandwich panels with honeycomb core

ThermHex Waben GmbH and the Fraunhofer IMWS are working on the development of manufacturing methods for so-called »organic sheet« sandwich semi-finished products.


A new sustainable material recycling system is to save resources

Too many problems occur in our current global recycling systems. Fraunhofer researchers want to improve this.


Development platform facilitates tailored thermoplastics

A virtual development platform is to simulate the processing of tailor-made thermoplastics to find customer-oriented and sustainable solutions for plastic components.


Optimised properties for plastic components

Fraunhofer researchers want to allow crystallisation to be specifically adjusted and optimised in future, during the manufacture of injected moulded parts made from plastic.


New impregnation method for sustainable reinforcement fibres

Fraunhofer PAZ is developing a new impregnation method for infinitely reinforced, bio-based composites to optimise the use of sustainable raw materials for thermoplastic composite materials.


Fibreglass sandwiches for aircraft construction

Fraunhofer IMWS and the aviation supplier P-D Aircraft Interior are developing sandwich components with fibreglass-reinforced laminates.


Lightweight solutions made of bio-based tapes

Fiber-reinforced plastics (polymers) offer many opportunities for lightweight construction. Solutions based on renewable raw materials are developed at the Fraunhofer IMWS.


Efficient tyres

The Fraunhofer IMWS is involved in the development of new and remoulded or retreaded tyres. The aim is to achieve strong performance with less environmental impact.


Simulation for longer life

The objective of the FVK Lifetime project is to increase the life of innovative lightweight materials.


New processes for lightweight components

Lightweight, crashproof and cost-effective in series production In an interview, Peter Michel explains the advantages of thermoplastic lightweight components for cars.


New polymers for photovoltaics

The IMWS conducts research into new polymers for the encapsulation to make solar modules fit for use in extreme climates.


Lightweight concepts for leaf springs

Most utility vehicle suspensions are made with steel leaf springs. A solution made of polymer could achieve substantial weight savings - and thus reduce fuel consumption.


Safety has priority

New lightweight materials for aviation are tested at the Fraunhofer IMWS.