Teaching

The focus of teaching activities are classes related to designing plastics and composite materials as well as structural simulation using the Finite Element Method (FEM) which are part of the compulsory classes of the curricula for polymer science.

Electives and free courses are offered in the spring semester for which a briefing is held at the start of the term to fix times and dates for each course. For details on all lectures of the LKKV, see quick links.

Bachelor and Master theses are offerd for various topics in the area of FEM-Simulation. Anyone interested in carrying out a theses in this area should contact Prof. Schuecker or Dr. Martin Pletz directly.

In addition to Bachelor-, Master- and PhD-Seminars, the following courses are offered:

Lecture: 250.035 Polymer Design I

250.035 Polymer Design I

The lecture starts with an introduction in mechanical design. It then deals with the application of mechanics and strength of materials to design structures (particularly polymer structures) with target stiffness and deformability. Examples from nature show that evolution has come up with some very interesting solutions to mechanical problems. The lecture contains a small contest, allowing students to draw structures to optimize their stiffness.


Furthermore, special topics of polymer design are captured (tribology, heat production and creep). In addition, joining techniques such as adhesives, screws and welding are investigated.

Lecture: 250.053 Polymer Design II

250.053 Polymer Design II

The lecture starts with a brief history of mechanical design. It then deals with understanding and avoiding mechanical failure. Typical failure modes for the different material classes (polymers, metals, ceramics and glasses) are described to show ideal types of loading for those material classes. Apart from material selection, the shape of a structural component can be optimized. Numerical tools for this optimization are introduced, and students can try their optimization skills in a contest.


A small introduction into the finite element method and an overview of material- and damage laws are provided.

Lecture: 250.034 Composites I

250.034 Composites I

This course is an introduction to the field of composite materials showing: what are composites, why are they used for lightweight design, where and how can they be used efficiently, what are the fall strings, what needs to be considered?

To this end, the mechanical behavior is explained and state of the art analysis methods (classical laminate theory, simple micro-mechanical methods) are presented.

Lecture: 250.038 Composites II

250.038 Composites II

In part II of the composites lecture effects observed in composite materials are discussed in detail and methods introduced in part 1 are extended to more generalized applications. Furthermore, recent developments and research results are presented.

The aim of this lecture is to provide a profound understanding of the response of composite materials and the interdependencies of material properties and micro-structural topology.

Laboratory course: 250.030 Exercise for Designing Plastics and Composite Materials

250.030 Exercise for Designing Plastics and Composite Materials

The lecture aims at an improved understanding of design and analysis of components made from polymers as well as the understanding of adequate modeling and application of analytical methods to the design of composite components.

This includes calculation methods for structures under mechanical loads (deformations, stresses) as well as the designing of construction elements (flexing elements, friction bearings, a.s.o.).
Basic knowledge of fundamental engineering mechanics is advantageous for this lecture.

The lecture will be held in German.

Laboratory course: 250.051 FEM Computer Lab for Polymers and Composites

250.051 FEM Computer Lab for Polymers and Composites

Structural components are nowadays usually analysed using Finite Element simulations. In this course the Finite Element Method is demonstrated for various applications based on example problems which will be analysed by the students. The final project of the course is a design challenge where each participant has to design and analyse a structure for a specific requirement.

 

Laboratory course: 250.018 Topology Optimization

250.018 Topology Optimization

The lecture addresses the automated and computer-aided finding of optimum solutions to problems of structural design.


The aim is to become familiar with the most important methods of structural optimization (focus on topology optimization) and be able to utilize them on a practical problem in the course of a final presentation.


Crash courses will be held at the beginning of the lecture introducing basics of FE analysis and the simulation software used for optimization.

 

The lecture will be held in English.

 

Laboratory course: 250.016 Structural Optimization*

250.016 Structural Optimization

The lecture addresses the automated and computer-aided finding of optimum solutions to problems of structural design.

The aim is to become familiar with the most important methods of structural optimization (topology-, shape-, size-, topography- and composite optimization) and be able to utilize them on a practical problem in the course of a final presentation.

Crash courses will be held at the beginning of the lecture introducing basics of FE analysis and the simulation software used for optimization.
The lecture will be held in English.

Laboratory course: 250.015 FEM Modeling and Practical Application*

250.015 FEM Modeling and Practical Application

When performing a structural analysis one of the main tasks is to translate a practical problem into a mechanical model which entails more or less simplifications of reality depending on the specific question at hand. In this course, the process of  model development is performed in a group for a realistic structural problem. Different tasks are then split up to be solved by each student individually.

 

Laboratory course: 250.052 FEM Project

250.052 FEM Project

The aim of this course is to offer students interested in FEM-simulation the possibility to investigate a specific problem in form of a small project. The specific content will be decided individually between student and advisor. Anyone interested may contact one of the lecturers directly.

 

Laboratory course: 250.017 Material Modeling for Polymer- and Composite Materials*

250.017 Material Modeling for Polymer- and Composite Materials

One of the main differences between polymers and plastics compared to conventional materials is their complex material response. This course shows how such responses can be captured by computational material models. Various modeling approaches for elastomers, thermoplastics, and anisotropic composites are explained.

 

Excursion: 250.013 Excursion for Polymeric Lightweight Structures*

250.013 Excursion for Polymeric Lightweight Structures

In the course of this one-day excursion, companies working in the field of composites and polymer structures are visited. The aim of this course is to provide some insight into practical applications of composites in various industries.

 

Courses which are marked with *, are only offered if the number of participants is sufficient.