Bonding and Fiber Composite Technology

Bonding technology is a highly efficient joining technique that is being used more and more successfully in all manufacturing industries. We at IWS not only offer technical consultation on choosing the best adhesive system available on the market, but also application adapted processing technologies for highly productive and automated joining. Here we focus on the optimization of the bond between the surfaces and the adhesive through specific surface pretreatment processes (laser, plasma, blast technologies, etc.)

Now we can also apply our years of experience and expertise to thermal direct joining of thermoplastics with metals and nonmetals. This offers a substitute for adhesive systems, as well as reduces joining process times.

If thermoplastics are to be joined, laser-based laminating, fusion or transmission welding processes are employed.

These approaches provide joining technologies for efficient lightweight design based on reinforced composites and multi-material design and have been developed in our group up to a level ready for series production.

Scientific Expertise



Get an insight into the current publications of Fraunhofer IWS on bonding and fiber composite technology.

Technologies for modern lightweight construction



High-rate joining of bipolar plates from two half plates, Timeframe: 05/2022–11/2025 (BMDV, National Action Plan Fuel Cell Production (H2GO) FKZ: 03B11027A)


Development of 30 % Lightweight Electric Vehicle Seat Frame Using HPCi® Connection Technology, Timeframe: 09/2021–08/2024 (BMBF, IB - ASIEN: FKZ: 01DR21023A)


Demonstration of the lightweight construction potential of thermoplastic fiber-reinforced composites in aviation, Timeframe: 11/2020–06/2023 (Clean Sky 2, European Commission: FKZ: CS2-LPA-2.1.6)


Shielding behavior of carbon nanotube-modified sealing adhesives and potting and coating solutions, Timeframe: 06/2021–05/2023 (BMWi: IGF project no.: 21772 BG)


Glued laminated timber made of Robinia from lignite recultivation areas and dry sites in Saxony/Brandenburg, Timeframe: 05/2022–04/2023 (SPRIND Challenge: Carbon-to-Value)


Development of technical processes for the direct thermal joining in a short time of metal-plastic hybrid joints, Timeframe: 04/2021–03/2023 (BMWi: IGF project no.: 21456 BG)


Manufacturing and processing technologies for aircraft fuselage structures based on carbon fiber-reinforced high-performance thermoplastics, Timeframe: 01/2018–12/2021 (BMWi: FKZ: 20W1721C)