Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF

Caterpillars of the wax moth love eating plastic:

Fraunhofer LBF investigates degradation process

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Without thermal chamber:

Fraunhofer LBF develops dynamic plastics testing even at low temperatures

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Annual Report 2019

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Fraunhofer LBF and BAM develop faster procedure for flame-retardant plastics

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New test rig components for faster development and validation

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Innovation in Testing!

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More range for electric vehicles:

Functionalized thermoplastic sandwich components within minutes.

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Fraunhofer LBF in Darmstadt has stood for the safety and reliability of lightweight structures for 80 years. Today, with its expertise in the areas of structural durability, system reliability, vibration technology and polymer technology, the Institute provides solutions for most important cross-cutting issues of the future: lightweight design, functional integration and cyberphysical mechanical engineering systems. The focus here is on solutions to social challenges such as resource efficiency and emission reduction as well as future mobility, like e-mobility and autonomous, networked driving. Comprehensive skills ranging from data acquisition in real operational field use to data analysis and data interpretation, in addition to deriving specific measures to design and improve material, component and system properties form the basis for this. Customers come from automotive and commercial vehicle construction, railway transport engineering, shipbuilding, aviation, machine and plant construction, power engineering, electrical engineering, medical engineering and the chemical industry. They benefit from the proven expertise of over 400 employees and cutting-edge technology accommodated in more than 11,560 square meters of laboratory and experimental space.