Study of mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen, specialising in plastics technology.
1979 - Doctorate at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) Subject: Temperature-resistant plastics - production, structure and properties using selected examples.
1980 - Dornier, Friedrichshafen. Development of new construction methods for aircraft construction, mainly fibre composite structures.
1986 - Fa AKZO, Wuppertal. Head of application technology fibre composites (carbon and aramid fibre); establishment of a quality assurance system for the application technology laboratory, qualification for various aviation companies.
1990 - Head of the Construction Laboratory at ETH Zurich; development and expansion of the research laboratory with a focus on fibre composite technology.
Nov. 1998- Sept. 2012 - Head of the Institute of Polymer Materials and Plastics Engineering, TU Clausthal.
Oct. 2012 - Holder of the Lower Saxony Professorship in Composite Plastics.
The lightweight potential of fibre reinforced polymers in relation to light weight metallic structures is convincing in many applications and is transferred to series production in the transportation industry (automotive-, aircraft-, train applications) as well as in windmill production, sporting goods industry etc.
On the market there are different production technologies for different endues applications like filament winding, RTM technology with different variations, fibre placement (AFP etc.) or prepreg technology. With a new processing concept for an “Online Prepreg Technology” it can be demonstrated, that by this processing concept structural elements can be produced with a minimum of scrap and with short cycle times to produce highly sophisticated structures for different end use markets. This process will be explained in a detailed description and the advantages/sustainability aspects in relation to standard prepreg processes will be discussed intensively.