Characterization, simulation and testing of materials and structures
A central component is material characterization to determine material properties, which are used in combination with numerical simulation methods to predict function and service life. Simplified mathematical models and the finite element method (FEM) are used for the computational verification of fiber composites and bonded structures, from which polymer-specific material models and modeling techniques can be derived. With the support of the affiliated materials testing laboratory, material maps can be created for FEM programs, enabling material- and application-specific design of bonded joints and components.
Numerous methods and procedures are available at Fraunhofer IFAM. Here you will find a first introduction: