Bio Composite Panels

Research Project 6-1 (RP 6-1)


The aim is to produce façade panels with maximum use of biocomposites from annually renewable Natural Fibres (NF) and its integration within cyber physical fabrication and assembly processes.

In this project, newly developed Natural Fibre Reinforced composites (NFRP), also referred as biocomposites, will be digitally fabricated by automatized fibre and tape placement methods. The panels will be designed with integrated sandwich cores to enable embedded functions especially thermal insulation, fire stops and acoustic absorption.

In a bottom-up approach, parametric design of the panels will take a place in an iterative process according to the fabrication, mechanical and physical properties as well as assembly processes. Through this research biocomposites will be investigated as a partial replacement of conventional materials as wood, aluminium, concrete etc. used for facade panels.

This will help in enhancing the goal of sustainability in the future architecture, once through applying alternative ecologic building materials and secondly when digital off-site and on-site fabrication as well as digital assembly techniques are applied.



Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arch. Hanaa Dahy
Bio-based Materials and Materials Cycles in Architecture (BioMat) Research Group at Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart


Dr.-Ing. Jan Petrs (ITKE)
Piotr Baszynski (ITKE)
Evgenia Spyridonos (ITKE)



  1. 2020

    1. Costalonga Martins, V., Cutajar, S., van der Hoven, C., Baszynski, P., & Dahy, H. (2020). FlexFlax Stool: Validation of Moldless Fabrication of Complex Spatial Forms of Natural Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (NFRP) Structures through an Integrative Approach of Tailored Fiber Placement and Coreless Filament Winding Techniques. Applied Sciences, 10(9), Article 9.
    2. Cutajar, S., Costalonga Martins, V., van der Hoven, C., Baszynski, P., & Dahy, H. (2020). Towards Modular Natural Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Architecture. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 1, 564–573.
    3. Rihaczek, G., Klammer, M., Basnak, O., Petrs, J., Grisin, B., Dahy, H., Carosella, S., & Middendorf, P. (2020). Curved Foldable Tailored Fiber Reinforcements for Moldless Customized Bio-Composite Structures. Proof of Concept: Biomimetic NFRP Stools. Polymers, 12(9), Article 9.




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