OMS - Optimization of Mechanical Structures

Winter Term

Lecture: Fiber composite structures

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ing. Axel Schumacher


Basics for the application of fiber composites in lightweight design structures:

1. Introduction to the Fiber Composites Technology

• History

• Uses of composite materials and fiber composite structures

• General questions for the material choice

2. Polymeric Fiber Composite Materials

• Raw materials and their production, semi-finished products and forms of delivery

• Production procedures for fiber composite materials

• Methods of quality assurance

3. Calculation

• Micromechanical consideration of unidirectional single layers, classical laminate theory

• Failure criteria for fiber composite materials

• Sandwich structures

• Structural analysis of typical fiber composite structures

4. Functional Design

• General design rules

• Design of fiber composite structures

• Design of sandwich structures, force transmissions and connection methods


• Klein, B.: Leichtbaukonstruktionen – Berechnungsgrundlagen und Gestaltung, 8. Auflage, Vieweg-Verlag 2009 (in German)

• Seibel, M.: Faserverbundtechnologie, HAW-Hamburg, 2012 (in German)

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