Welcome to the Centre of Excellence for Lightweight Design (LLK)
The Centre of Excellence for Lightweight Design at Landshut University of Applied Sciences (LLK) is concerned with the following three areas:
- Lightweight Construction and Lightweight Mechanics
- Lightweight Construction Materials
- Materials Analysis
We look forward to a successful collaboration.
The Centre of Excellence for Lightweight Design at Landshut University of Applied Sciences
The Centre of Excellence for Lightweight Design at Landshut University of Applied Sciences (LLK) is a research institute founded by Professor Dr. Ing. Otto Huber in 2002 and which is attached to the university's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Dr. Ing. Holger Saage, Professor Dr. Ing. Hubert Klaus and Professor Dr. Ing. Walter Fischer joined the LLK in 2010, 2012 and 2015 respectively. The following superbly equipped laboratories are all part of the centre of excellence: lightweight construction, lightweight mechanics, materials technology and physical analysis, and lightweight materials. The key areas of research at the LLK are lightweight materials, lightweight construction and manufacturing and joining technologies.
The institute's budget is financed by publicly funded research projects and by research and development contracts with various partners from industry. The establishment of the key research priority of lightweight design made it possible to expand the laboratory facilities of the LLK and create three posts for research associates. This has resulted in work being done to significantly expand expertise in the fields of cyclic damage, structural stability and fracture mechanics, material characterisation and modelling, materials testing and in bonding technology and fibre composite technology. The close cooperation with the lightweight design cluster means that there is contact with numerous lightweight design-oriented companies. The LLK maintains intensive partnerships with several universities, among other things in relation to cooperative doctoral degrees.
The Centre of Excellence for Lightweight Design offers a wide variety of possibilities for cooperation in the lightweight design technologies. Our areas of potential achievement - material modelling, ascertaining of material parameters, static and dynamic component and structural analyses, lightweight structures, FEM simulation, damage analysis, manufacturing and analysis of bonding materials and material compounds, microscopic examinations and thermal analysis - extend from the idea to the finished product. In this way it is possible to turn the results of research and development into market-ready products more quickly.
Practically-oriented teaching has equal priority at the LLK with research and the many different industrial cooperations. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Landshut University of Applied Sciences offers a Bachelor's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering with a specialism in Lightweight Design and Technical Development and a Bachelor's degree in Automotive and Commercial Vehicle Engineering with a specialism in Lightweight Design, as well as a Master's degree in Lightweight Design & Simulation. Around 900 students from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering attend lectures and practicals at the LLK. In addition, the students are involved in current research projects through construction, project and thesis work, where their efforts are facilitated by state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and software.
Due to the heavy increase in CO2 emissions worldwide, climate change, limited resources of raw materials and fossil fuels and the associated increasing global market prices and political framework conditions, the importance of ecological and economic developments is becoming ever greater in almost every sector of industry. Among others, the automotive and commercial vehicle industries are affected by the planned statutory regulations regarding further reducing CO2 emissions in the European vehicle fleet, the aviation industry through its participation in emissions certificate trading, and automation engineering and machine tool manufacturers through an expansion in the energy efficiency classification of consumer goods and capital equipment.
In all areas, the increased use of lightweight technologies can achieve an increase in material and energy efficiency and thus reduce overall costs as well as simultaneously increasing dynamism and carrying capacity. Lightweight design is thus a key cross-sectoral technology for the efficient and sustainable use of resources.
Lightweight design concepts and structures must, however, take into account the intended product functions as well as rigidity, carrying capacity, stability, long-term behaviour and manufacturability. Alongside lightweight construction, the Centre of Excellence for Lightweight Design at Landshut University of Applied Sciences (LLK) also deals with issues arising from these areas. The LLK offers an established research and development platform for researching new lightweight materials and technologies and developing and testing innovative lightweight products in collaboration with companies from the initial idea through to implementation.