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Daimler and the University of Stuttgart to Research into New FRP Design, Simulation and Process Techniques

02 April 2013

A cooperation contract between the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Aircraft Design and Daimler has resulted in a joint research project into new design, simulation and process techniques in fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) lightweight construction.

This underpins the research activities of the two partners in the ARENA2036 Research Campus project, which aims to unite product-oriented lightweight construction with production research right from the outset. Alongside six institutes at the University of Stuttgart and Daimler, representatives from the world of business and science in Baden-Württemberg are involved in this project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

This additional long-term cooperation agreement involves doctoral candidates and employees from the Institute for Aircraft Design carrying out joint research with lightweight construction experts from Daimler into fundamental matters in the field of production, simulation and design of FRP lightweight construction components.

According to Professor Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler, "An intelligent material mix and lightweight construction techniques have been an integral part of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle construction for decades. In addition to high-strength steels we also use other materials in order to reduce the weight of our vehicles and thus further enhance efficiency. We are confident about the intelligent use of FRP components – always in accordance with the principle of "the right material in the right place". The challenge is to use FRP in the series-production vehicle in such an economically efficient manner that the overall costs remain attractive for the customers. We are addressing this together within the framework of our cooperation."

Professor Peter Middendorf, Head of the Institute for Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart, remarked, "At the Institute for Aircraft Design we have been developing fibre-reinforced lightweight construction structures for aviation for many years now. Our research focuses on preform technology/liquid composite moulding and the virtual representation of the entire process chain, offering high transfer potential for the automotive industry. Together with Daimler, in the future we primarily want to investigate faster and more cost-effective procedures in order to meet the challenges of large-scale production with new technologies."






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