Erik Kappel (*1983)


Since graduating from the Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH) in mechanical engineering in 2009 Erik has been working as a research associate for the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

As a consequence of his mechanics background from university and driven by his interest for high performance materials Erik decided to take a job in the department of Composite Design which is part of the DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems in Braunschweig, Germany (FA). There, he is working on the topic of process-induced distortions (PID) in composite manufacturing, which is an inherent issue these days. Erik is involved in national and international research projects. He is supervising students while responsible for comprehensive experimental studies accounting for the three main drivers of PID: spring-in, warpage and forced interaction.


Composite manufacturing is a complex scenario; Erik is convinced that simplified simulation strategies can be used to predict occurring process distortions. Thus, he has developed a semi-numerical simulation approach that is focused on a high level of confidence and easy usability. This promises a cost-efficient application at an early design stage, which is a strong demand of designers in aerospace and automotive industry.


In February 2013 Erik received a doctoral degree from the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg for his thesis with the title:

Process Distortions in Composite Manufacturing -- From an Experimental Characterization to a prediction Approach for the Global Scale

Postdoctoral, he completed a five-month scholarship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (UBC). There, Erik was working together with Professor Göran Fernlund, associate director of the Composite Research Network (CRN), on the topic of simplified simulation strategies to predict process induced distortions in composite manufacturing.





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