Hybrid Materials and Processes
Hybrid materials have been growing in importance for many years. The sustainability implicit in lightweight engineering is advanced by combining different material classes and achieving properties that cannot be attained through monolithic materials. Material composites combine different mechanical and physical characteristics that can in turn have a unique effect in the new composite material. Hybrid processes, in which different forms of energy simultaneously modify a component, provide possibilities that stretch far beyond conventional processes. The department’s aim is therefore to develop these hybrid materials and processes in order to provide resource-conserving solutions in lightweight construction, the energy and medical sectors and to expand their application horizons.