Within our group, a large number of test methods for material characterization are used and methodically developed. The focus of the investigations is on the material class of fibre composites, but other hybrid materials (e.g. sandwich structures or fibre-metal laminates) are also investigated. In addition, all test methods are also applied to all conventional materials, such as metals, ceramics or polymers.
In the field of numerical modelling, the focus is on the representation of materials with a pronounced hierarchical order. Multiscale and multiphysics as well as homogenization approaches are developed for this purpose. Especially for the representation of damage processes and dynamic phenomena in these materials such approaches are highly desired to achieve a better representation of the processes in the materials.