Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik (ITM) der TU Dresden

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  • Hohe Str. 6
  • 01069 Dresden
  • Germany

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The ITM's research activities are focused on the fields of machinery, technology and product development (fiber composite materials, construction, medical and bio-textiles, sensor network and functional textiles, ready-made products and preforming) and include, among others, the processing of fiber-based high-tech materials, particularly carbon, glass, aramide, steel and ceramic fibers with a variety of different technologies, and the functionally integrated development of textile (pre-)products. The research activities are supplement by the modeling and simulation of structures and processes along the entire length of the textile production chain.

The ITM operates on a fully developed infrastructure with modern machine technology and equipment. Apart from high-performance textile machines for multiaxial stitch bonding, Jacquard weaving, multilayer knitting, TFP and braiding, new possibilities in researching the processing of high-performance fibers for the development of technical textiles in a multitude of applications  are offered by the establishment of an RTM laboratory, the installation of a vacuum injection plant for fiber composite panels, a thermal press for FRPC applications and a biaxial tensile tester for textiles and plastics.

For instance, 2D and 3D woven pre-products for a variety of lightweight construction applications are being developed and produced by means of the weaving technology available at ITM. This includes plane and curved components with integrated ribs for increased flexural rigidity, profiles and requirement-adapted nodular connection elements. This provides the basis for automated manufacturing processes in high-tech applications.

Additional new products and custom-fit interfaces can be produced with a multifunctional coating plant with integrated plasma system. Furthermore, the ITM can rely on a laboratory wet spinning plant for the development and manufacture of innovative, highly functional fiber materials for high-performance medical or bio-textiles.

This gives the ITM researchers access to all machine technologies along the textile process chain, from filament spinning and the various yarn formation techniques, innovative 2D and 3D textile constructions, and finishing techniques, to assembly technology for various high-tech applications.

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Research activities at ITM are focused on the following subjects:

Machine development


  • Designing and construction of machines for textile and ready-made technology

  • Control and drive technology

  • Measuring and testing technology


Technology development



  • Fiber and thread formation technology

  • 2D and 3D fabric formation

  • Textile finishing and functionalization

  • Ready-made technologies


Product development


  • Textiles for fiber composite materials (thermoplastics, thermosetting plastics, elastomers)

  • Compound composites (Textile/Plastics/Metal)

  • Construction and wood textiles

  • Medical and bio-textiles

  • Functional textiles and sensor networks

  • Protective textiles

  • Assembled products


Simulation and material modeling


  • Modeling of textile structures

  • Analysis of fashioning processes

  • Prognoses of functional properties


Beyond the publicly funded projects, the ITM hosts a diversity of bilateral research projects financed directly by the textile industry and therefore subject to non-disclosure agreements. The subjects of these projects, however, cover the entire process chain of textile and ready-made technology at ITM, such as:


  • textile process development and machine engineering-enabled technological realization of prototypes

  • machine engineering solutions for technical textiles, particularly reinforcement textiles for lightweight construction and concrete reinforcement, medical textile, automotive textiles and protective textiles

  • Process innovation and new machine concepts as well as mechatronic solutions for textile and ready-made machinery,

  • Designing of textile and ready-made machinery, and process modeling/simulation,

  • experimental machine examinations and development of application-specific sensors and measuring systems,

  • Modeling and simulation of textile (pre-)products

  • Development, production and testing of unique textile products (prototypes and small series)

  • Performance of trend and feasibility analyses

  • CAE trainings for applications in textile and ready-made technology and

  • Expertise formulation.



Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik (ITM) der TU Dresden Hohe Str. 6 01069 Dresden Germany +49 351/46339-300

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