Exploration of new materials can be especially important if it comes to
structures which are to be erected in extreme environments.
Boundary conditions are set which impose higher demands onto the structure
and therefore an the material as well. If designing for extreme environments
transportation often plays a major role because the base material is not
available in situ. Lightweight materials help saving costs and allow for higher
payloads. In addition to that no lifting gear might be necessary which allows
for ease in erection.
For this purpose a wide range of newly developed materials is offered. All of
them have to fulfill the call for robustness and for retaining their load-carrying
capacity over the projected lifetime.