Assessing usability in adherence to safety regulations

Component Safety and Lightweight Construction

Our work here is centered on the assessment of a component’s safety and its fitness for purpose in terms of safety-relevant demands under operational loads. The applications range from proving the safety of power station components to confirming the fault tolerances of aerospace components, the life expectancy analysis of components in power stations and vehicles subjected to thermomechanical loads to crash analyses of vehicle components. The focus is on the operational behavior of modern materials as well as joins and hybrid constructions.

The focus of our work lies on further developing fracture mechanical assessment concepts, taking into account the load situation that is relevant to each component and the distribution of material properties and scale/size of the defect. Development work is also carried out on mechanism-based material models for a wide range of applications with which to describe the deformation and failure behavior of components under thermal and mechanical loads. Crash analysis increasingly involves determining the influence of the manufacturing process on the failure behavior of vehicle structures.

A comprehensive range of testing equipment is available with which to characterize the different materials and components at the relevant temperatures and load speeds. The experimental results serve as a basis for the development and verification of material models and failure concepts, which can then mathematically describe component behavior.


Range of services 

Development of assessment concepts for power station and machine components

Fracture mechanical safety analyses, assessment of fault tolerance and working load calculations for highly stressed safety-related components

Characterization of materials and components under relevant load conditions - from static to thermomechanical to abrupt, dynamic loads

Life expectancy models for high temperature components in vehicles and power stations

Life expectancy assessment for welds

Crash simulations of automobile components with customized material models

Assessment of welds and hybrid joins under crash conditions

Characterization and modeling of polymers and adhesive bonds under crash conditions

Fatigue, Fracture Mechanics


In order for components to operate safely in vehicles, plant and machinery, we establish their structural integrity using concepts based on fracture and material mechanics, and analyze cases of damage. The focus ...

Crash Safety, Damage Mechanics


We develop and implement material and failure models and utilize them in crash and process simulations. We also use special testing techniques (e.g. local strain measurements, torsion and biaxial tensile ...

Crash Dynamics


Modern CAE-assisted developments require characteristic material parameters that correspond to specific load situations in order to produce designs and assess safety. Crash-relevant material values related to ...

Joining and Joints


We characterize the mechanical properties of joints and assess them in terms of their deformation and failure behavior. A particular focus of our work is joint modeling for crash simulations, as this is ...

Composite Materials


We investigate the relationship between the structure and properties of composite materials with polymer, ceramic and metal matrices, in order to assess their operational behavior. Our testing concepts account ...