INTERVIEW: Maik Trautmann, 1st place at the poster presentation during the Verbundwerkstoffe Congress in Vienna

Dipl.-Ing. Maik Trautmann, Technische Universität Chemnitz. Method to quantify the surface roughness of circular reinforcing fibres

Could you please tell us what are your specialization area and your current research about? 

I have studied automotive construction: materials and components at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. For my diploma thesis I studied dissimilar joints of aluminium and steel for a sports car manufacturer. Since 2010 I have been working as a research assistant at the chair of composite materials at the TU Chemnitz. First I was part of the ESF Junior Research Group "TranS-Ver". In this project I specialized in the coating of carbon fibres by means of vapour deposition. I am currently working in the Federal Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures”, studying layer composites of metal and fibre-reinforced plastic. Carbon fibre plays a central role in my scientific work. 

When and how did you first hear about the Verbundwerkstoffe Congress and how was your experience?   

I have known about the conference since starting my work at the TU Chemnitz. We organised the conference itself in 2011 to take place in Chemnitz. Since then I attended it in Karlsruhe and now in Vienna. The conference is an excellent platform for my work and an intellectual exchange. I can inform myself about almost all topics that interest me scientifically. Of course I will remember the wonderful atmosphere of the evening event in the Palm House in Vienna, which was part of the Award, for a long time. 

What is the impact of the prize that you obtained during the poster presentation on your career? What was your presentation about?

A direct impact was the addition of an extensive book on engineering to my current bookshelf. This was given to me as part of the price. During the conference I was able to have multiple interesting conversations in the area of my poster. The price itself is a confirmation of the fact, that I have sparked scientific interest with my poster and that it always pays off to showcase your own work for a broad audience in an attractive manner.

I presented a method based on a digital analysis in the micrometre range on the basis of fibre cross-sections captured by a scanning electron microscope. This enables the determination of the roughness, which plays a role for the fibre/matrix interaction, the potential coating and many other things and properties. In this way, various reinforcing fibre geometries and the influence of fibre pretreatment processes and coatings can be compared with high accuracy. 

Wich are your career plans? Would you like to pursue your career in the Industry or in Research?

I would like to finish my dissertation in the near future. This will revolve around the coating of single carbon fibres utilising the shape-memory alloy NiTi. I can imagine both, a career in the industry, as well as in research. I think a combination of both would be ideal. Teaching and transferring knowledge to students gives me a lot of joy. I am curious to see what the future holds in store.


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