Lightweight Design worldwide

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 30–35 | Cite as

Study into resource-efficient lightweight design

  • Maik Gude
  • Michael Stegelmann
  • Michael Müller
  • Kurt Demnitz
Materials Resource Efficiency

The role lightweight design plays in the mobility of the future remains a hotly debated topic. One thing is certain: with changes in mobility behavior come changing demands on vehicles and vehicle components. A study conducted in 2018 under the leadership of TU Dresden now highlights the resulting possibilities and challenges for lightweight design.

Holistic Approach

Initiated by the National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE), the Research and Technology Center for Resource-Efficient Lightweight Design Structures for Electric Mobility (Forel) has been dedicated to the systemically coordinated further development of lightweight design for use in vehicles of the future since 2013. It aims to develop new methods of design, technologies, and processes as well as ways of directly transferring and exploiting research results in industrial value chains. Building on the findings of the Forel study in 2015 [1] and the research and development findings from a current total of ten technology...



This research and development project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the Framework Concept ”Research for Tomorrow’s Production” (02P16Z010 — 02P16Z014) and managed by the Project Management Agency Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Production and Manufacturing Technologies Division (PTKA).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maik Gude
    • 1
  • Michael Stegelmann
    • 1
  • Michael Müller
    • 1
  • Kurt Demnitz
    • 1
  1. 1.TU DresdenGermany

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