3rd April 2013
Daimler and the University of Stuttgart have signed a joint research agreement into on topics related to “flexible production and function-integrated lightweight construction”. The aim of the consortium is to dovetail product-oriented lightweight construction development with production research right from the outset.
Alongside six institutes at the University of Stuttgart and Daimler, numerous further representatives from the worlds of business and science in Baden-Württemberg are involved in the project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The 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/CRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic/carbon reinforced plastic) lightweight construction components.
According to Professor Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research and Sustainability; Chief Environmental Officer Daimler AG: “An intelligent material mix and lightweight construction have been an integral part of 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/CRP components – always in accordance with the principle “the right material in the right place”. The challenge is to use FRP and also CRP 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.