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.