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WEB Characterization and scalability of mechanical metamaterials: Are they going to revolutionize materials in technical applications or will they stay a scientist’s dream forever?

Tuesday (22.09.2020)
15:40 - 15:55 F: Functional Materials, Surfaces, and Devices 2
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Based on classical destructive and nondestructive testing techniques, novel methods for the characterization and quality assurance of complex materials are investigated, combining experimental mechanics with advanced computational tools. We focus on the scientific understanding of the interaction of external probes with functional materials whose mechanical properties are not determined by the bulk properties, but rather, for example, by design of geometry.


The goal is to develop physically-motivated methods for the multi-scale investigation of these functional materials into solutions that make it possible to implement the industry-targeted innovations in the field of materials research. While there are numerous approaches to the design and fabrication of functional materials, the basic exploration of the interaction of external probes with smart materials has not yet progressed so far due to their complexity. To bring innovative materials to the market, characterization methods must evolve with the materials innovation to ultimately scale the technologies. Since material development is no longer performed experimentally but also numerically to save time and resources, it is important that the gained understanding is also used to determine the material properties with which reliable material models can be generated.


Digitalization of materials is a central aspect of the changing industry. The expertise developed can be applied along the entire product development cycle, from the intelligent material to a product containing it and its condition monitoring in use. In this way, material data is obtained and can be used to specifically re-regulate processes and thus enable a resource-saving production, and not only to provide new technologies for society, but also to do so with maximum sustainability.

Dr.-Ing. Sarah Fischer
Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP
Additional Authors:
  • Leonie Hillen
    Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP
  • Michael Becker
    Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP
  • Dr. Thomas Straub
    Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
  • Prof. Christoph Eberl
    Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM