The scientific work is focused on the development and investigation of integrative plastic processing technologies for the resource-efficient manufacturing of lightweight structures and systems. The coupled structure and process simulation together with analytical and numerical methods provide important information for optimised structure and process parameters. Basis materials are modified high-performance polymers and compounds, but also renewable primary products, novel thermoplastic prepregs and bionic textile preforms.
In order to produce complex, highly integrative, competitive parts, a fusion of originally separated technologies in varying thermoplastic and thermoset based processes are merged together. Numerous inventions of highly loaded hybrid components, active lightweight structures and structural systems with natural fibres emphasise the competences of the SLK.

Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology

What we offer

We offer competence in:

“Green Technologies” for sustainable environmentalism
Computation and design of fibre-reinforced structures
Integrative lightweight technologies for complex hybrid components
Coupling of polymer based processes for energy-efficient production technologies
Manufacturing cells and machines for metal/plastic devices
Process chains for manufacturing parts with renewable primary products and recycled materials
Continuous processes for unidirectional and bionic thermoplastic prepregs
Active composites and lightweight structures in mass production

What we are looking for

We are looking for partners in industry and academia for cooperation projects at national and european level. In particular, we are looking for technological interfaces which add to the competencies of the institute.


  • Industry 4.0
    • Factories of the Future
    • ICT for Manufacturing Industry
  • Enterprise Europe Network Horizon 2020 Elevator Pitch
    • advanced materials
    • production and innovation

Collaboration sought

  • Research & Development


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