Discontinuous long fiber reinforced polymer structures with local continuous fiber reinforcements represent an important and new class of lightweight materials. This class of materials has a significant potential for energy savings due to the high specific stiffness and strength as well as the variety of design options in diverse technical applications, e.g., in vehicle construction. In contrast to the continuous fiber-reinforced composites of non-crimp or woven fabrics, which are used, for example, in the aircraft industry, there is still a lack of integrated and experimentally proven concepts for the manufacturing, modeling and dimensioning of combinations of discontinuously and continuously reinforced polymer structures. The main objective of the IRTG is, therefore, to enable the efficiently structured education of doctoral candidates in this strategically important but not yet developed field of continuous-discontinuous long fiber-reinforced polymer structures, by taking advantage of the complementary competencies of scientists from Germany and Canada. The complementary research emphases of the participating institutions are respectively strongly cross-linked to the local national industries and research structures, ensure a versatile education and, in the medium term, a transfer of research results to industrial applications.
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