The research focus "longevity" encompasses the long-term structural integrity and functionality of living organisms and technical systems. Plants are especially suitable biological models for technical applications because they have evolved various functional principles to control failure. Damage prevention includes the formation of gradient transitions and the ability to react structurally and mechanically to environmental stresses and thus to withstand higher loads. Damage management ranges from self-sealing and subsequent self-healing to the creation of fracture sites ensuring a controlled disintegration of materials systems. Moreover, failure tolerance of an entire system can be increased by the formation of redundant structures.
Projects within Research Area C
Compact Projects 2021 - finished
- Fatigue in energy-harvesting mechanical metamaterials
This project is a cooperation among research areas A and C. Junior Research Group leader: Dr. Viacheslav Slesarenko
Compact Projects 2020 - finished
Booster Projects 2021 - finished