Tests of composite materials and structures

tests of composites:

  • Material testing (uniaxial / biaxial material tests), fractographic analyzes
  • Tests of static and fatigue strength of composite structures, even in combination with temperature and humidity
  • Modeling of virtual testing and properties of materials and structures, studying of FML (fiber metal laminate) materials - hybrid metal-composite structures, so-called “glares”, their applications, behaviour and NDT.
  • Thermomechanical tests
  • Modal tests and vibration-mechanical tests
  • Fireproof and fire resistance tests
  • Bending test (ASTM D6415 - Curved beam test)
  • 3- point bending test (ASTM D790 - 3 point bending test)
  • Lap shear and fastener strength test
  • Continuous stiffener compression test
  • "Pure bearing test"
  • NDT testing tools 


Research projects:

  • STRAINMON – “Strain Monitoring in Composite Stiffened Panels Using Sensors“, (2011-2012, JU – Clean Sky, Project No: 296514)
  • CERFAC – “Cost Effective Reinforcement of Fastener Areas in Composites“, (2010-2014, FP7 EU, project No. 266026)
  • ESPOSA - „Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft“, WP6.5 New design and manufacturing approaches for “hot“ composite nacelles (2011-2015, EC – 7FP EU, project No. 284859)
  • IASS – „Improving the aircraft safety by self-healing structure and protecting nanofillers”, (2012-2015, FP7 EU, project No.. 313978)
  • INKOM – “Integration of composite materials into airframe of small transport aircraft”, (2012-2015, MIT-TIP, project No. FR-TI4/543)
  • BOPACS - “Boltless assembling Of Primary Aerospace Composite Structures”, (2012-2016, EK-FP7, project No. 314180)
  • CANAL – “Creating Nonconventional Laminates”, (2013-2017, EC - FP7, project No. 605583)
  • CKLT – „Research centre for advanced aircraft structures”, (2012-2019, TAČR – Centre of Competence, project No. TA02000032)
  • ACASIAS -“Advanced Concepts for Aero-Structures with Integrated Antennas and Sensors“,  (2017-2020, EC – H2020, project No. 723167)
  • DREAM  - “Design and Realization of equipped engine compartments including cowling for a fast compound rotorcraft”, (2017-2021, JU – Clean Sky 2, project No. 737955 – CS2)
  • LATTE – “Full Fairing for Main Rotor Head of the LifeRCraft demonstrator ”, (2017-2021, JU – Clean Sky 2, project No. 755483 – CS2


Contact person:

Dr. Ing. Roman Růžek, Head of Materials, technologies and NDT, VZLU
tel: +420 225 115 153, e-mail: ruzek@vzlu.cz