Welcome to the Lightweight Engineering

Within the scope of the Excellence Initiative and in cooperation with KIT and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Lightweight Engineering was founded at the Institute of Vehicle Systems Technology on January 1, 2009.

The focus of our research activities is on technologies for reducing the weight of vehicles. In this respect, lightweight construction is positioned as a cross-sectional topic and offers an interdisciplinary approach to reducing vehicle mass. Lightweight design with fiber-reinforced polymers and hybrid material systems is the main focus of research at the institute. In addition to new lightweight technologies, simulation and design methods are developed to virtually optimize product development processes. Research in the field of lightweight technology is closely linked to the Polymer Engineering Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal and the KIT Institute for Applied Materials, Materials Science KIT-IAM-WK.

If you are interested in the wide-ranging field of lightweight design with its various forms of methods (simulation, design), materials (resins, fiber reinforcements, joining elements, hybrids) and technologies for production and integration of lightweight components, then we look forward to welcoming you at our institute.

Examinations Lightweight Construction I and Lightweight Construction II on 28.02.2024

The date for the Lightweight Construction I and Lightweight Construction II examinations has been set. You can find all other important information at:

Studies and teaching
ESAFORM-VerleihungFAST-LB
ESAFORM PhD Prize 2023 for Industrial Research

April 2023: This year, ESAFORM honours the dissertation of Dr Clemens from KIT-FAST with the Lionel Fourment ESAFORM Phd Prize for Industrial Research 2022. We are delighted that Clemens' work has been recognised!

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