Institute for Applied Materials – Materials Science and Engineering

Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Liebig

  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
    Institut für Angewandte Materialien - Werkstoffkunde (IAM-WK)
    Campus Süd
    Engelbert-Arnold-Straße 4
    76131 Karlsruhe

Curriculum Vitae

since 07.2019 Head of the group Hybrid and Lightweight Composites at the Institute for Applied Materials - Materials Science and Engineering
since 10.2016 Head of the Technology Corridor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, Pfinztal (part-time)
08.2016 - 06.2019 Postdoc at the Institute of Vehicle System Technology - Lightweight Technology
11.2011 - 06.2016 Scientific head of the group Fibre-reinforced Composites at the Institute of Polymer Composites at Hamburg-Harburg University of Technology
01.2009 - 04.2015 Dissertation at Hamburg-Harburg University of Technology:Analysis of the influence of voids on the mechanical properties of fibre-reinforced polymers
10.2002 - 12.2008 Mechanical Engineering (lightweight design and polymer technology) at Technische Universität Dresden and University of Stuttgart

Publications are summarised on ORCiD and Scopus.

Research fields

  • Interaction of process, structure and properties of composite materials or material composites
  • Multi-scale approach to characterise the material properties of polymers, fibre-reinforced composites and (hybrid) materials
  • Effects of Defects (process and operational)
  • Material properties under environmental conditions
  • Material sustainability and recycling


Fiber shortening during injection molding of glass fiber-reinforced phenolic molding compounds: fiber length measurement method development and validation.
Maertens, R.; Hees, A.; Schöttl, L.; Liebig, W.; Elsner, P.; Weidenmann, K. A.
2021. Polymer plastics technology and materials. doi:10.1080/25740881.2020.1867170
Investigations of the carbon fibre cross-sectional areas and their non-circularities by means of laser diffraction.
Huether, J. J.; Liebig, W. V.
2020. IOP conference series / Materials science and engineering, 942 (1), Art.Nr. 012034. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/942/1/012034
Fatigue damage behavior of continuous-discontinuous fiber reinforced sheet molding compounds.
Bartkowiak, M.; Liebig, W.; Weidenmann, K. A.
2020. Hybrid 2020 - Materials and Structures : 4th international conference : 28-29 April 2020, web-conference, Germany : proceedings. Ed.: editors: J. Hausmann, 71–77, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde
Microstructure characterization of discontinuous fiber-reinforced polymers based on volumetric images: Fiber bundle tracking and weld line investigation.
Schöttl, L.; Liebig, W. V.; Weidenmann, K. A.; Inal, K.; Elsner, P.
2020. 4th International Conference Hybrid 2020 Materials and Structures, 97–101, DGM
Crack characterization of discontinuous fiber-reinforced composites by using micro-computed tomography: Cyclic in-situ testing, crack segmentation and crack volume fraction.
Schöttl, L.; Kolb, P.; Liebig, W. V.; Weidenmann, K. A.; Inal, K.; Elsner, P.
2020. Composites communications, 21, Art. Nr.: 100384. doi:10.1016/j.coco.2020.100384
Application of a mixed variational higher order plate theory towards understanding the deformation behavior of hybrid laminates.
Jackstadt, A.; Liebig, W. V.; Sessner, V.; Weidenmann, K. A.; Kärger, L.
2019. Proceedings in applied mathematics and mechanics, 19 (1), e201900048. doi:10.1002/pamm.201900048
Materialmodellierung zur Untersuchung des Schwingungs‐ und Dämpfungsverhaltens von hybriden CFK‐Elastomer‐Metall‐Laminaten.
Jackstadt, A.; Liebig, W. V.; Sessner, V.; Weidenmann, K. A.; Kärger, L.
2018, November 16. Sitzung des DGM Fachausschusses Polymerwerkstoffe Themenschwerpunkt Simulation, numerische Methoden und Kennwertermittlung (2018), Kassel, Germany, November 15–16, 2018
A Multi-Layer Finite Shell Element based on the Generalized Unified Formulation for the Analysis of Hybrid Carbon Fiber Elastomer Metal Laminates.
Jackstadt, A.; Liebig, W. V.; Kärger, L.
2019, May 8. 12th International Conference on Composite Science and Technology (2019), Sorrento, Italy, May 8–10, 2019
A Multi-Scale Approach for the Virtual Characterization of Transversely Isotropic Viscoelastic Materials in the Frequency Domain.
Jackstadt, A.; Liebig, W. V.; Galkin, S.; Sessner, V.; Weidenmann, K. A.; Kärger, L.
2018, October 9. 8th KMM-VIN Industrial Workshop: Modelling of composite materials and composite coatings (IW8 2018), Freiburg, Germany, October 9–10, 2018
Influence of voids on the compressive failure behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites.
Liebig, W. V.; Viets, C.; Schulte, K.; Fiedler, B.
2015. Composites science and technology, 117, 225–233. doi:10.1016/j.compscitech.2015.06.020
New test approach to determine the transverse tensile strength of CFRP with regard to the size effect.
Liebig, W. V.; Leopold, C.; Hobbiebrunken, T.; Fiedler, B.
2016. Composites communications, 1, 54–59. doi:10.1016/j.coco.2016.09.003
Fracture, failure and compression behaviour of a 3D interconnected carbon aerogel (Aerographite) epoxy composite.
Chandrasekaran, S.; Liebig, W. V.; Mecklenburg, M.; Fiedler, B.; Smazna, D.; Adelung, R.; Schulte, K.
2016. Composites science and technology, 122, 50–58. doi:10.1016/j.compscitech.2015.11.002
Hierarchical analysis of the degradation of fibre-reinforced polymers under the presence of void imperfections.
Liebig, W. V.; Schulte, K.; Fiedler, B.
2016. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London / A, 374 (2071), 20150279. doi:10.1098/rsta.2015.0279
Size effect of graphene nanoparticle modified epoxy matrix.
Leopold, C.; Liebig, W. V.; Wittich, H.; Fiedler, B.
2016. Composites science and technology, 134, 217–225. doi:10.1016/j.compscitech.2016.08.022
Frequency domain modelling of transversely isotropic viscoelastic fibre-reinforced plastics.
Liebig, W. V.; Jackstadt, A.; Sessner, V.; Weidenmann, K. A.; Kärger, L.
2019. Composites science and technology, 180, 101–110. doi:10.1016/j.compscitech.2019.04.019
Damping Characterization of Hybrid Carbon Fiber Elastomer Metal Laminates using Experimental and Numerical Dynamic Mechanical Analysis.
Sessner, V.; Jackstadt, A.; Liebig, W.; Kärger, L.; Weidenmann, K.
2019. Journal of composites science, 3 (1), 3. doi:10.3390/jcs3010003
Smart dispersion: Validation of OCT and impedance spectroscopy as solutions for in-situ dispersion analysis of CNP/EP-composites.
Meeuw, H.; Körbelin, J.; Bernstorff, D. von; Augustin, T.; Liebig, W. V.; Fiedler, B.
2018. Materialia, 1, 185–197. doi:10.1016/j.mtla.2018.06.002
Numerical and experimental investigations of the damping behaviour of hybrid CFRP-elastomer-metal laminates.
Liebig, W. V.; Sessner, V.; Weidenmann, K. A.; Kärger, L.
2018. Composite Structures, 202, 1109–1113. doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.05.051
Comparison of analytical approaches predicting the compressive strength of fibre reinforced polymers.
Leopold, C.; Harder, S.; Philipkowski, T.; Liebig, W. V.; Fiedler, B.
2018. Materials, 10 (12), Art. Nr.: 2517. doi:10.3390/ma11122517
Influence of carbon nanoparticle geometry in epoxy matrix on mechanical properties and failure initiation regarding the size effect.
Leopold, C.; Augustin, T.; Schwebler, T.; Liebig, W. V.; Wittich, H.; Fiedler, B.
2017. 21st International Conference on Composite Materials, ICCM 2017; Xi’an; China; 20 August 2017 through 25 August 2017, ICCM
Compression fracture of CFRP laminates containing stress intensifications.
Leopold, C.; Schütt, M.; Liebig, W. V.; Philipkowski, T.; Kürten, J.; Schulte, K.; Fiedler, B.
2017. Materials, 10 (9), Art.Nr.: 1039. doi:10.3390/ma10091039
Influence of carbon nanoparticle modification on the mechanical and electrical properties of epoxy in small volumes.
Leopold, C.; Augustin, T.; Schwebler, T.; Lehmann, J.; Liebig, W. V.; Fiedler, B.
2017. Journal of colloid and interface science, 506, 620–632. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2017.07.085