The Mechanics of Polymers division engages in the characterisation of the mechanical properties and degradation of polymers and fibre-reinforced composites as used in heavy-duty, safety-critical engineering applications such as aviation, automotive engineering and wind energy. Our duties also include the analysis of the chemical and physical properties of polymers.

The fields range from static strength to fatigue strength, from the measurement of mechanical fracture and viscoelasticity parameters to the definition of molecular damage mechanisms.

It covers scales ranging from the chemical structure to microscopic scale to operational stress tests on construction components. Non-destructive methods, numerical simulation as well as thermal and spectroscopic analytical methods for polymers are also used alongside conventional testing methods.

Contact Dr.-Ing. Ger­hard Kalin­ka (temporarily in charge)

Head of Division 5.3


Phone +49 30 8104-4312