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Workshop on Composites DESIGN

30 June 2023.


The COMP-ECO project aspires to enhance the scientific knowledge and skills of Polish young researchers. A series of three technical workshops will be organised to provide an insight into the state of the art in multifunctional composites and smart structures based on a sustainable, holistic approach covering the whole product life chain, starting with the design of materials and structures, through appropriately used advanced methods of their production, testing of their properties, in-service aspects and finally reuse and recycling. The objectives of the workshops are not limited to knowledge sharing, but aspire to promote open discussion with the participants in an effort to trigger brainstorming activities that will enhance their problem-solving, idea-generation and creativity capabilities.


The first of the three workshops, focusing on the Design of Multifunctional Composites and Smart Structures took place June 26-27, 2023 in Warsaw at the WUT premises and gathered 28 researchers who joined on-site and online.


The workshop covered the following courses:

  • Function integrative lightweight structures

An introduction to plane and spatial kinematics, analytical models for rigid body mechanism – flexible structures and design hints for motion generation with compliant structures

  • Integrating functional elements

The focus was on Multifunctional Structures and the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the description and calculation of active structures. The course will provide knowledge on different active materials and the calculation as well as the “real” application of multifunctional structures.

  • Design of lightweight structures

The course introduced the calculation and design of complex lightweight structures made of isotropic and anisotropic materials. In addition to thermoplastic and thermoset matrix systems, metals and ceramics will also be considered as matrix materials.

  • Design aspects of Composite structures

The workshop provided insight into what is needed and what should be avoided during the design of lightweight structures, including composites. Design rules, repair, fabrics, sandwiches, and other special topics are addressed to strengthen knowledge on these lightweight structures.


Prof. Bergsma from TU Delft gave the lecture "Composite Materials" and the activities "Tasks and Calculations in Design" on the first day, while the rest of the tasks were taken over by Dr. Albert Langkamp, Dr. Georgios Tzortzinis and Mr. Jan Wittig from TU Dresden.


All materials from the courses are available in the Project Open Access Repository for use by researchers and students to access state-of-the-art knowledge and by academic staff for curriculum development.



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