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Research at the Institute of Structural Lightweight Design focuses on developing lightweight concepts and solutions to support industrial applications. The objective isto develop design solutions to make components and component groups lighter, more compact, more structurally stable, and free of vibration and noise. Taking all of this into account, we respect today's ecological demand for technical solutions featuring resource-saving aspects in regard to production, operations, and recycling.

Our focus on research to support applications in mechanical and civil engineering, mechatronics, automotive and aerospace engineering 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

Numerical and experimental methods are applied in a more balanced way in order to advance verified lightweight design solutions and validate calculation procedures as well as fundamentally and analytically understand structural behavior.

See Fodok for a complete list and additional information about the institute's research projects, publications and talks.

The research unit Christian Doppler (CD) Laboratory for Structural Strength Control of Lightweight Constructions was established at the institute between 2014 and 2021. See the CD Lab homepage, opens an external URL in a new window to learn more about the research topics, research modules, and company partners.

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