PhD Thesis

Development of a rubber compound as a dumping layer for impact loadings

Fraunhofer LBF / ISL / 24.10.2017

Aim of the project is to develop a rubber compound for a novel protective system, as steel-rubber laminates can be used as protective shields and dissipate energy of high-velocity impacts. The proposed laminate consists of the front and back plates made of steels, the intermediate layer made of a rubber acting as a shock absorber and damping the transmitted impact energy preventing damages of the first, high-hardness steel plate. Based on a literature survey, rubber compounds will be manufactured and tested to improve dumping properties of the intermediate layer and the protective performance of the layered system.

The project will be conducted in cooperation between the French-German Research institute of St. Louis (ISL) located on the French-German border and the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF in Darmstadt.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Literature Survey
  • Formulation of Rubber compounds
  • Material Characterization
  • Participation in impact experiments
  • Numerical simulations

Your profile:

  • Masters degree in Chemistry, Technical Chemistry, Material Science, Polymer Engineering or similar
  • Experiences in rubber formulation and/or processing are advantageous
  • Good English in speaking and writing
  • Personal initiative, reliability, teamwork and communication skills


  • Multi-disciplinary experience
  • Work in the international environment