Polymer Engineering

In the Polymer Engineering Department emphasis is placed on application-oriented research and the development of products to pilot production level. Our integration in the thematic networks of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, our excellent contacts with other European countries and beyond, and our collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) means that we can offer our partners comprehensive research services that range from ideas via product, material and process development to the manufacture of prototypes.

Research areas in the Polymer Engineering Department


High-performance fiber composites

The research group for high-performance fiber composites is concerned with material and processing tasks relating to resin transfer molding (RTM).



The main research topic of the nanocomposites group is the production of polymer compounds using nanoscale additives to adjust the electrical, mechanical or thermal properties of thermoplastic polymers.


Thermoplastic processing

The research group for thermoplastic processing works on process development for the large-series processing of thermoplastic materials.


Microwave and plasma technology

The Fraunhofer ICT's competences in the area of microwave and plasma technology go far beyond simple processing technologies. They include the development of production units and measurement technology, accompanied by numerical simulation of the electromagnetic field and the resultant heating.


Thermoset processing

The research group for thermoset processing is concerned with material and process development for the large-scale manufacture of long-fiber-reinforced composite components with thermosetting matrix materials, for structural and surface-specific applications.


Foam technologies

In the area of foamed polymers the Fraunhofer ICT covers the entire development chain from material development and the production of extrusion-foamed particles and semi-finished products through to the production of parts.


Compounding and extrusion

The main focus of this research group is process and material development. In many cases these elements have equal importance in our work. We also develop individual sub-steps if requested.


Plastic testing

We offer a comprehensive range of services, supplying polymer producers, design engineers, component manufacturers and their purchasers with important information that enables material evaluation or quality comparisons of finished parts at every level.

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