Current Projects

Interreg-Project „ReBi“ Resource-efficient component innovations through additive manufacturing processes in the Bavarian and Austrian border region

In order to better exploit the potential of additive manufacturing in companies, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), an EU-funded research project in cooperation with six Bavarian and Austrian colleges and universities as well as associated corporate partners has set itself the goal of establishing a cross-border competence center.

Increasing demands on the design of new and innovative products, combined with the requirements for achieving climate targets, present design engineers with new challenges every day. Additive manufacturing technology represents a new solution for meeting these requirements. Based on the layer-by-layer production process of components, geometries and material combinations can be produced that were previously impossible or only possible to a limited extent. This opens up new product design options for metallic materials such as lightweight construction and functional integration, but also material-related perspectives such as graded material transitions and improved specific strengths, which in turn opens up great potential for mass reduction for moving components.

The aim of the research project is to investigate new material, process and product design approaches for the realization of resource-efficient component innovations using additive manufacturing processes. The research results obtained are to be made available to companies in the Bavarian-Austrian border region, in particular SMEs, in the form of a competence center, training courses, consultations and demonstrations. This is intended to support the targeted companies in the implementation or further development of existing additive manufacturing projects through process and product innovations. 

Further information on this research project can be found here.

"Multi-axial plasticity in textured magnesium structures" (MagPlast)

The research project "Multi-axial plasticity in textured magnesium structures" is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Fund for Scientific Research, Austria (FWF) within the funding program D-A-CH (project number 438040004). The international funding program enables the application of cross-border research projects between Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Magnesium alloys are becoming increasingly important for lightweight structures and associated material and energy savings due to their high specific static and cyclic strengths, high availability and economical production. However, the hexagonal crystal system and the basal texture of cast-rolled magnesium sheet result in complex deformation behavior that has not yet been adequately researched.

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Research Project "Lightweight Construction" (FPL)

The Lightweight Construction Research Project (FPL), funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Arts, strengthens the Research Focus on Lightweight Construction (FSPL) at the University of Applied Sciences in Landshut. This is a platform for applied R&D projects and knowledge transfer in the fields of lightweight materials, design and manufacturing technologies.  The research work ranges from the analysis and synthesis of the material microstructure to the computable and ready-to-use lightweight structure. We offer young scientists, bachelor and master students as well as students in project work an attractive, motivating, scientific environment in the field of lightweight construction and have our research results measured against their implementation potential as well as in the international scientific network.

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Research Project "FeAl-GuD"

The aim of this project is the development and production of components made of high-temperature resistant iron aluminides for use in gas and steam combined cycle power plants. The focus of the material development is on the balance between machinability at room temperature and high-temperature strength. The focus for the Lightweight Construction Competence Center at the University of Applied Sciences in Landshut is on investigating the mechanical material properties. Particular attention will be paid to the fatigue properties in LCF and TMF.

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Completed Projects

Interreg-Project n2m (nano to macro) (completed 02.2020)

Within the framework of the INTERREG Project "Synthesis, Characterization and Technological Manufacturing Approaches for Lightweight Construction "n2m" (nano to macro)", a joint cross-border research and development center for lightweight construction was established by the project partners of the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) and the University of Applied Sciences in Landshut (HAW). This has made it possible to link basic scientific research at the PLUS with application-oriented research and development at the Competence Center of Lightweight Design (LLK) at the University of Applied Sciences in Landshut in the subject area of lightweight construction.

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Project MagFest (completed 06.2015)

Fatigue analysis for lightweight magnesium wrought alloy structures

The project objective was to determine and describe the quasi-static and cyclic mechanical properties of wrought magnesium alloys and to develop a fatigue life model for a numerical fatigue analysis. Sheets of wrought magnesium alloys AM50, AZ31B and ME21 were used for most of the investigations. These are cast-rolled AM50 and AZ31B sheets with a sheet thickness of 1.2 mm, provided by Magnesium Flachprodukte GmbH, and extruded ME21 with a sheet thickness of 1.5 mm from Stolfig GmbH. Microstructural examinations were performed on sheets made from the wrought magnesium alloys to characterize the microstructure and texture. In addition, optical microscope images were taken on plastically deformed AM50 specimens.

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LeitHyb Project (completed 09.2014)

Lightweight hybrid structure for the chassis of motorhomes

The aim of the project was to develop and design a hybrid lightweight structure made of thin-walled sheet steel profiles for motorhomes, which is locally stiffened in the areas at risk of buckling by hollow support cores made of cellular composite material.

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Research focus on lightweight construction (FSPL) (completed 01.2012)

The substantive objective of the research focus on lightweight construction at the University of Applied Sciences in Landshut was to promote lightweight construction technologies through application-oriented research and development projects.

The research focus lightweight construction is divided into the three research areas: Mechanics of Materials and Numerical Simulation, Structural Mechanics and Operational Strength, Adhesive Bonding Technology and Composite Materials.

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IMVAL (completed 04.2007)

Innovative mineral foam composite applications for lightweight construction

The aim of the joint project was the development, production, analysis and characterization as well as the application of a new lightweight composite material. The composite material consists of small and specifically very light mineral foam spheres, which are infiltrated with liquid plastic or metal (matrix) via a casting process.

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