In february, the professional journal LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN reported about the shear testing system by GRASSE ZUR COMPOSITE TESTING (GZI) which has been standardized as DIN SPEC 4885:2014 in january 2014. The paper „Neuer Prüfstandard für die Schubprüfung von faserverstärkten Kunststoffen” (new testing standards for shear testing of fibre reinforced composite materials) has met great interest among experts and hit number One of most viewed news in LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN.

The new testing system for characterizing shear values of composite materials has been developed by GZI for industrial application. Prior to this, the method had been invented in the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung  (BAM) and scientifically evaluated within the scope of a doctoral thesis. GZI enhanced the method to a workable system for shear testing composite materials, which allows a faster and more accurate material characterization than before. It is awarded  by DIN Innovation prize 2014 and Innovation prize Berlin-Brandenburg 2014.

The magazin LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN (publisher Springer Vieweg) is the most recognized professional journal for lightweight construction and the use of fibre reinforced composite materials in the German-speaking region. Based on practically oriented informations, LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN reports on implemetations of the principles of lightweight construcion for development and manufacturing of new products following the whole value chain starting with the development of materials and constructions, going to simulation and optimisation and finally reaching production technology, quality control and recycling.