Welcome to the Competence Center of Lightweight Design (LLK)
The Competence Center of Lightweight Design (LLK) at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut deals with the fields of:
- Lightweight Design and Lightweight Mechanics
- Lightweight Materials
- Materials Analysis
- Lightweight Structures
- Additive Manufacturing
We are looking forward to a successful cooperation.
The Competence Center of Lightweight Design at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut
The Competence Center of Lightweight Design (LLK) at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut 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 Competence Center: 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, as well as manufacturing and joining technologies.
The institute's budget is covered by publicly funded research projects and by research and development contracts with various partners from the industry. Due to the focus on research in the field of lightweight construction, it was possible to expand the laboratory equipment of the LLK and create positions for research associates. This has resulted in a considerable increase in expertise, particularly in the areas of cyclic damage, fatigue strength and fracture mechanics, materials characterization and modeling, materials testing, and adhesive bonding and fiber composite technology. Through close cooperation with the lightweight construction cluster, contact has been established with numerous lightweight construction oriented companies. The LLK maintains intensive partnerships with several universities, among other things also with regard to cooperative doctorates.
Link to current and completed research projects.
Industrial Cooperation Projects
The Competence Center of Lightweight Design offers a wide range of cooperation opportunities in lightweight construction technologies. Our potential services - material modeling, determination of material parameters, static and dynamic component and structural analyses, lightweight structures, FEM simulation, damage analyses, manufacturing and analysis of composite materials and material composites, microscopic examinations and thermal analysis - extend from the idea to the finished product. This enables you to turn research and development results into marketable products more quickly.
At LLK, practice-oriented teaching is on an equal footing with research and alongside diverse industrial cooperation projects. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut offers the bachelor's degree program in mechanical engineering with a major in "lightweight construction", "automotive technology" and "commercial vehicle technology", the master's degree program in "lightweight construction and simulation" and, in cooperation with Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences and CADFEM GmbH, the advanced master's degree program in "applied computational mechanics". Approximately 900 students from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering attend lectures and practical courses at the LLK. In addition, students are involved in current research projects via design, project and final theses, where they are able to work with state-of-the-art laboratory and software equipment.
Due to the sharp rise in CO2 emissions worldwide, climate change, limited resources of raw materials and fossil energy and the associated increase in world market prices as well as political framework conditions, the importance of ecological and economic developments is growing in almost all industries. Among others, the automotive and commercial vehicle industries are affected by the planned legal requirements to further reduce the CO2 emissions of the European vehicle fleet, the aviation industry by the participation in emission certificate trading and the automation technology as well as machine tool manufacturers by an extension of the energy efficiency classification from consumer to capital goods.
In all areas, the increased use of lightweight construction technologies can achieve an increase in material and energy efficiency and thus reduce overall costs while at the same time increasing dynamics or payload. This makes lightweight construction a key cross-sector technology for the efficient and sustainable use of resources.
However, lightweight design concepts and structures must take the intended product functions, as well as stiffness, load-bearing capacity and stability, long-term behavior and manufacturability into account. In addition to lightweight design, the Competence Center of Lightweight Design at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut also deals with tasks from these areas. The LLK offers an established research and development platform to explore new lightweight materials and technologies and to develop and test innovative lightweight products in cooperation with companies from the idea to the realization.