Chair of Materials Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Koch

Ceramic Matrix Composites

Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) show exceptional properties at high temperatures and in corrosive environment, which allow a realization of new concepts for mobility and energy conversion, an increase of efficiency, and an access to new applications under extreme conditions.

The chair of Materials Engineering investigates the complete process chain of CMC materials, from material synthesis to recycling. Synthesis of materials, ceramic process technology, preform technology, forming, and surface coating are important aspects. The activities of the group focus on the development of tailor-made materials for specific applications. Composites and hybride structures with defined fiber architecture, hierarchic structure, and adapted pore morphology on different scales are produced. Based on the application scenario of a component, the suitable material composition and production technology are defined and used for component production.


59th meeting of working group „Verstärkung keramischer Werkstoffe“


Bayreuth, 13th and 14th october 2022, Dietmar Koch


On the 14th october, the working group „Verstärkung keramischer Werkstoffe“ met at the Chair “Keramische Werkstoffe” of the University of Bayreuth. More than 60 participants in Bayreuth and about 25 online participants discussed about the talks and presentations. On the previous day, more than 30 PhD students from all over Germany met for internal discussions. The PhD meeting is organized by Tobias Schneider from the Institute of Materials Resource Management.


The talks focussed on deep learning concepts for description of ceramic matrix composites and their failure behavior, on the simulation of braiding techniques, on the influence of dislocations on the fracture toughness in single crystals, on the development of new isolation materials, and on the development of low-cost CMC.


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The working group „Verstärkung keramischer Werkstoffe“


The working group „Verstärkung keramischer Werkstoffe“ belongs to the German Materials Society and to the German Ceramic Society and is supported by the network Ceramic Composites, the network Composites United (CU), and the University of Augsburg. The meetings of the working groups regularly took place since 1994 and are leaded from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Koch (Institut für Materials Resource Management, Universität Augsburg) since 2007.


The working group brings together companies, research institutions, and universities, which work on the field of fiber reinfored ceramics. The meetings are used for scientific talks and intensive discussions. In addition, the events serve to initiate projects and cooperations.


The working group meets two time a year, in march and october. On the previous day, in the PhD meeting young scientists discuss their activities on the field of CMC. This way, the PhD students can discuss in an open amtosphere and built up their own scientific network. The meeting is organized from Tobias Schneider, MRM, Universität Augsburg.


Next meeting


The next meeting of the working group and the PhD studentes will takte place on the 2nd and 3rd march 2023 at the company Schunk in Heuchelheim.




Working group: Dietmar Koch (

PhD meeting: Tobias Schneider (


The meeting of members of the Ceramic Composites, a section of the Composites United e.V., took place on the 13th October 2022 at the Fraunhofer HTL in Bayreuth. The Management was electred for the next two years. Elected members of the management are Ralph Hufschmied (Hufschmied), Linda Klopsch (DLR-BT Stuttgart), Dietmar Koch (MRM, Uni Augsburg), Florian Reichert (Schunk), and Stephan Schmidt-Wimmer (ArianeGroup). Philipp Goetz (CVT) and Wolfgang Rossner were coopted as members of the management. Old and new chairman of the management is Dietmar Koch.


Composites United



For his outstanding contributions to science in ceramic matrix composite processing, characterization and modelling, international cooperation, mentoring, and professional service Dietmar Koch was elected to the World Academy of Ceramics.


Election of Dietmar Koch to the World Academy of Ceramics © University of Augsburg