The research of the Institute of Structural Lightweight Design is dedicated to the development of lightweight concepts and solutions for industrial applications. The objective is the development of design solutions which make components and component groups lighter, more compact, more structurally stable, free of vibration and noise. According to all these considerations, todays ecological demand for technical solutions of which production, operation and recycling is resource-saving, is also respected.

With a focus on applications in mechanical and civil engineering, mechatronics, automotive and aerospace engineering the research covers the following topics:

  • Lightweight design and light-weighting
    • Static strength and fatigue life analysis of lightweight structures
    • Computer-aided methods for design and structural analysis
    • Optimization of lightweight structures
  • Damage tolerance and durability of lightweight structures
    • Constitutive laws of lightweight materials
    • Strength of lightweight materials and joining elements
    • Effects of manufacturing defects and damage progression
  • Structural Health Monitoring
    • Non-destructive evaluation
    • Smart structures technologies
    • Structural health control

To develop verified lightweight design solutions and validated calculation procedures, but also to fundamentally understand structural behavior analytical, numerical and experimental methods are applied in a balanced way.

For a complete list and further information on the institute's research projects, publications and talks see: Fodok

Since 2014 the research unit Christian Doppler (CD) Laboratory for Structural Strength Control of Lightweight Constructions is established at the institute. For detailed information on its research topics, research modules and company partners please visit: CD-Lab Homepage

The institute is active member of the following expert committees and industry platforms: