KIT Lightweight Design Network

Research Activities within the KIT Lightweight Design Network


  Kompetenzzentrum Fahrzeugleichtbau
The Competence Center Vehicle Lightweight Design is a joint research  project between the Fraunhofer Society, the German Aerospace Center and KIT, funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg to provide overall competence in production and development of vehicle concepts in lightweight design.
KITe hyLITE Plus is a joined research project between KIT and Fraunhofer Society, funded by the EU through EFRE as well as the state of Baden-Württemberg. In the context of material hybridization, four composite technologies are investigated: Longfiber Thermoplastics, Sheet Moulding Compounds, Polyurethan Fibre Spraying and RTM Processes.
  Technology Cluster Composite in Baden-Württemberg
The Technology Cluster Composites (TC²) bundles the competencies of research institutes in Baden-Württemberg in the field of lightweight design. The holistic approach of TC² focusses on the development of continuous process chains both for manufacturing and for simulation. The cluster is coordinated by KIT and funded by the EU and Baden-Württemberg.
  Transregio 10
Transregio 10 (TR10) is a collaborative research center with the cooperation among TU Dortmund University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Technical University of Munich (TUM). The combined effort is to develop cutting-edge methods for a design of integrated process chains and their technologies of forming, cutting and joining for an automated and flexible production of lightweight frame structures in small-batch series.

FLAME is a joint research project between KIT, TU Munich, ITV Denkendorf and several industrial partners, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It follows an innovative approach with the industrial use of microwave technology developed at KIT for the energy efficient production of fiber composite lightweight structures.


SPP 1712

SPP Intrinsic Hybrid Structures
The priority program 1712 “Intrinsic hybrid structures for light weight constructions” is a interdisciplinary research program supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. It is addressing basic researches on production, material and mechanics over the next six years. The program is coordinated by KIT and is starting in April 2014.
Young Investigator Groups

The Young Investigator Network (YIN) offers a platform for junior research leaders at KIT. Network members are responsible for their independent research projects in various scientific fields. The Young Investigator Groups “Hybrid Lightweight Design” and “Weight-optimized Vehicle Components via Tailored High-performance Composites” are members of the KIT Lightweight Design Network.

regional eco mobility 2030 (REM 2030)

Das Projekt REM 2030 ist ein Baustein zur Entwicklung der Mobilität von morgen und steht unter dem Leitthema einer effizienten regionalen Individualmobilität 2030. Ein interdisziplinäres Team aus Baden-Württemberg entwickelt und bewertet ganzheitliche Konzepte für eine effiziente regionale Individualmobilität. An dem Innovationscluster ist neben Fraunhofer-Instituten auch das KIT mit mehreren Instituten beteiligt. Außerdem besteht eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit Industriepartnern.