Technische Universität Dresden - Institut für Leichtbau und Kunststofftechnik
At the Institut für Leichtbau und Kunststofftechnik (ILK) of the Technische Universität Dresden, comprehensive research is performed in the field of load-adapted lightweight structures. For this, a comprehensive approach is pursued with respect to both materials and products throughout the total engineering chain - material, design, simulation, manufacturing, component, quality assurance. Consequently, the annual conference Dresdner Leichtbausymposium, which is hosted by the ILK in June every year, has become established as a well-known meeting point all over the lightweight structures engineering industry.
Beyond this, the ILK aims at developing design rules and optimization criteria for lightweight components, especially for high-performance purposes. Here, a special focus is set on multi-material design. For the calculation and simulation of lightweight structures under static and dynamic (crash) loads, specially developed software tools based on analytical methods are applied as well as commercially available FEA software systems.
Another major research area of the ILK is the development of innovative material concepts with high lightweight potential (e. g. textile-reinforced composites, hybrid composites, metal matrix composites) substantiated with appropriate strategies for design and engineering.