© 2013

Adaptive, tolerant and efficient composite structures

  • Martin Wiedemann
  • Michael Sinapius

Part of the Research Topics in Aerospace book series (RTA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Martin Wiedemann, Michael Sinapius
    Pages 1-14
  3. Multifunctional Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Peter Wierach
      Pages 17-27
    3. Christine Arlt, Wibke Exner, Ulrich Riedel, Heinz Sturm, Michael Sinapius
      Pages 49-58
    4. Alexandra Kühn, Michael Sinapius
      Pages 59-68
    5. Steffen Opitz, Sebastian Geier, Johannes Riemenschneider, Hans Peter Monner, Michael Sinapius
      Pages 85-105
    6. Jörg Melcher
      Pages 107-116
  4. Structural Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Janko Kreikemeier, David Chrupalla
      Pages 155-165
    3. Luise Kärger, Jens Baaran, Anja Wetzel
      Pages 179-188
    4. Tobias Wille, Luise Kärger, Robert Hein
      Pages 199-210
    5. Falk Odermann, Tobias Wille
      Pages 211-222
  5. Composite Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223

About this book


Polymer composites offer the possibility for functional integration since the material is produced simultaneously with the product. The efficiency of composite structures raises through functional integration. The specific production processes of composites offer the possibility to improve and to integrate more functions thus making the structure more valuable. Passive functions can be improved by combination of different materials from nano to macro scale, i.e. strength, toughness, bearing strength, compression after impact properties or production tolerances. 

Active functions can be realized by smart materials, i.e. morphing, active vibration control, active structure acoustic control or structure health monitoring.

The basis is a comprehensive understanding of materials, simulation, design methods, production technologies and adaptronics. These disciplines together deliver advanced lightweight solutions for applications ranging from mechanical engineering to vehicles, airframe and space structures along the complete process chain.

The book provides basics as well as inspiring ideas for engineers working in the field of adaptive, tolerant and robust composite structures.


Adaptronics Composites Function Integration Lightweight Structures Multifunktional Materials

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Wiedemann
    • 1
  • Michael Sinapius
    • 2
  1. 1., Institure of Composite StructuresGerman Aerospace Center DLRBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2., Institute for Composite StructuresGerman Aerospace Center DLRBraunschweigGermany

About the editors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Wiedemann, DLR German Aerospace Center, Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems, Head of the Institute,


Prof.Dr. Michael Sinapius, DLR German Aerospace Center,  Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems,   Composite Technology, Head of the Institute (Co),

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the book reviews:

“This edited volume provides a comprehensive overview of the synthesis of active composite structures. … The book would be of interest to practitioners interested in the linkage between material properties, manufacturing, and applications for ‘smart’ and ‘adaptive’ structures.” (IEEE Control Systems Magazine, October, 2013)