11. May 2018 | Research & Development
New class of materials "Interactive Fiber-Elastomer Composites"
Autarkic fiber composites
The goal is the simulation-based development of intelligent material combinations for so-called autarkic fiber composites. Actuators and sensors are integrated into the structures and no longer have to be retrofitted. This makes systems more robust and complex pre-form patterns can be individually fitted in the desired position – reversibly and contact-free. This enables to react quickly and precisely to variable environmental requirements.
With their innovative properties, interactive fiber-elastomer composites are predestined for application in numerous fields such as mechanical engineering, robotics, architecture, orthotics and prosthetics: examples are high-precision systems for gripping and transport processes (e.g. for hand prostheses, valves and deformable membranes) and construction components (e.g. trim tabs for land and water vehicles).