Light­weight engi­neering

Save resources? Reduce weight? Save costs?
Our answer is – made lighter! 

The world we live in is char­ac­terised by rapid change and the chal­lenges that come with it. This devel­op­ment certainly affects your industry as well – new prod­ucts need to be devel­oped within the shortest possible time, costs ideally need to drop while quality remains the same, and please do so while saving weight and resources simul­ta­ne­ously. It’s quite diffi­cult to always do justice to this. But the answer is quite simple – keep it light.

You heard right. Keep it light! Thanks to our cross-industry exper­tise in light­weight design, we can offer you exactly the inno­v­a­tive solu­tions that will help you develop and produce a product in a way that is faster, lighter, more resource-effi­cient and more durable.

How do we lighten your load?

  1. High-end engi­neering solu­tions in the field of light­weight design and compos­ites
  2. Combining state-of-the-art methods and tools
  3. Holistic service, from concept to quality assur­ance in produc­tion
  4. Inno­v­a­tive solu­tions – inspired by inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and inter­sec­toral expe­ri­ence
  5. Use of our network of research and industry part­ners

In which disci­plines can you use our light­weight design exper­tise?

Disci­pline 1:

Thanks to our many years of expe­ri­ence in the field of compos­ites, we know that fibre compos­ites are more than just an alter­na­tive to metallic mate­rials. They are often simply the better solu­tion when it comes to using the advan­tages of light­weight design across all indus­tries. This is due to the many posi­tive prop­er­ties that these mate­rials can also offer you, such as:

  1. High stiff­ness and/​or strength at low density
  2. Good fatigue behav­iour of fibre composite lami­nates
  3. Very low thermal expan­sion behav­iour
  4. The highest level of corro­sion resis­tance as well as resis­tance to many chem­ical substances

How does our exper­tise help you make the most of the advan­tages of these mate­rials?


Focus on light­weight design Exper­tise:
Highly qual­i­fied engi­neers from the fields of boat­building and aero­space engi­neering who have success­fully imple­mented light­weight design solu­tions in approx. 150 projects.


Well thought-out solu­tions:
By simu­lating composite struc­tures using inno­v­a­tive calcu­la­tion tools and opti­mising compo­nents using state-of-the-art methods and tools, the poten­tial of these mate­rials is fully exploited.


Exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the real­i­sa­tion of manu­fac­turing projects:
Recog­ni­tion and consid­er­a­tion of manu­fac­turing chal­lenges as early as in the concept phase, on-site support of the produc­tion process if desired.

Refer­ence projects in the disci­pline of compos­ites

Disci­pline 2:

For us, light­weight design means enabling maximum weight savings for our customers in struc­tures subject to high loads while main­taining stiff­ness and safety, or maximising struc­tural perfor­mance with iden­tical weight. Simu­la­tion plays an impor­tant role in these devel­op­ment processes:

  1. Accel­er­ated product devel­op­ment with simul­ta­neous reduc­tion of costs through numer­ical simu­la­tion
  2. Reli­able veri­fi­ca­tion of compo­nent safety
  3. Fastest possible design of the most effi­cient struc­ture according to require­ments

Why should you work with us in the area of simu­la­tion?


Exten­sive exper­tise:
Simu­la­tion-driven compo­nent devel­op­ment using the finite element method (FEM) has been part of our DNA for over 12 years.


Very broad range of services:
We perform simu­la­tions for you to conduct analyses for linear and non-linear statics, vibra­tion, frac­ture mechanics and dynamic prob­lems – implicit and explicit – such as crash and impact situ­a­tions.


Customised solu­tions:
In addi­tion to market-leading simu­la­tion tools, we develop our own inno­v­a­tive calcu­la­tion tools that support your product devel­op­ment in the best possible way.

Refer­ence projects in the disci­pline of simu­la­tion

Disci­pline 3:

The disci­pline of opti­mi­sa­tion is inex­tri­cably linked to the topic of light­weight design. There­fore, the opti­mi­sa­tion of struc­tures is our major disci­pline in order to develop the best possible light­weight solu­tion for our customers. For us, the process of opti­mi­sa­tion includes the following aspects:

  1. Consid­er­a­tion of the prevailing require­ments and boundary condi­tions
  2. Finding the optimal, target-oriented trade-off between the para­me­ters: weight, stiff­ness, strength, complexity, produc­tion costs and mate­rial costs.
  3. Minimising the use of mate­rials for maximum resource savings

What are the bene­fits of opti­mi­sa­tion by us?


Maximum util­i­sa­tion of light­weight design poten­tial:
Use of the latest tools and methods for shape opti­mi­sa­tion, size opti­mi­sa­tion, topology opti­mi­sa­tion and layup opti­mi­sa­tion in the area of compos­ites.


Wide range of appli­ca­tions:
Exploita­tion of the poten­tial for light­weight design for existing indi­vidual compo­nents extending to completely new devel­op­ments.


Perfect combi­na­tion of areas of exper­tise:
To opti­mise your compo­nents, we make the best possible use of our strengths: exten­sive expe­ri­ence, know-how in struc­tural mechanics and the simu­la­tion power of our soft­ware and hard­ware.

Refer­ence projects in the disci­pline of opti­mi­sa­tion

Customers and part­ners

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