Safer Materials

New materials often have significant advantages over traditional materials; for example, they can be lighter, harder, more flexible or more long-lasting. However, their damage tolerance is not always clear, which can lead to considerable safety risks in the event of unforeseen incidents. The objective of the LOEWE research cluster Safer Materials is to develop methods and technical expertise that will make materials safe and reliable when stretched to their performance limits and when subject to various external influences. In the focus of the investigations are the well-chosen material classes high-strength concretes and steels, secondary aluminium and biobased plastics.The researchers are also recording the interactions between human behaviour during production and processing and the material properties, a field that had previously been largely unexplored. The LOEWE research cluster is ultimately intended to become a new materials engineering subdiscipline at Kassel University.