Low Cost Primary Composite Structures

  1. Dr. P. J. Winkler
  1. A. S. Herrmann,
  2. M. Kleineberg and
  3. C. H. Sigle

Published Online: 23 DEC 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527606025.ch53

Materials for Transportation Technology, Volume 1

Materials for Transportation Technology, Volume 1

How to Cite

Herrmann, A. S., Kleineberg, M. and Sigle, C. H. (2000) Low Cost Primary Composite Structures, in Materials for Transportation Technology, Volume 1 (ed P. J. Winkler), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527606025.ch53

Editor Information

  1. DaimlerChrysler AG, Forschung und Technologie, Postfach 800 465, 81663 München, Germany; Tel.: 089–607 22393; Fax: 089–607 28627

Author Information

  1. German Aerospace Centre, Institute of Structural Mechanics, Lilienthalplatz 7, D-38108 Braunschweig, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 DEC 2005
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527301249

Online ISBN: 9783527606023



  • transportation technology;
  • materials;
  • aeronautical industry;
  • low cost primary composite structures


Considering the numerous application possibilities within the aeronautical industry, composites have also been established in other areas and are slowly gaining further importance.

The most important advantage of composite structures over metal structures is of course the excellent structural performance with respect to specific strength and stiffness. But, depending on the application, other advantages, like better fatigue properties, tailorable material properties, high resistance towards corrosion or aggressive chemicals, free shape design, better internal damping properties or low heat conduction can be as important.

Besides a limited acceptance in many fields of engineering, the major drawbacks of present high-performance composites are the expensive raw material and the complicated and costly manufacturing process.

Therefore the aeronautical industry as well as the rail, marine and other industries are highly interested in reducing costs in the field of high-performance composite materials and manufacturing in order to advance the use of fibre-reinforced components.