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Lightweight construction and simulation


The field of lightweight design and simulation represents one of the supreme disciplines of mechanical and vehicle engineering, requiring the entire knowledge of materials science, shaping and structural calculation. The lighter a product, the less energy is required for its operation during its service life. This important ecological aspect has a decisive influence on the holistic balance in lightweight construction.


In the course of your studies, you will delve into lightweight materials and functional materials (smart materials) with a special focus on lightweight construction methods and joining technologies. Lightweight structures are designed using fatigue strength and the finite element method (FEM).

5th semester of study:

  • Lightweight design and structures
  • Joining technology for lightweight structures
  • CAD specialization
  • Business administration and quality management
  • Forming Technology

6th semester:

  • Smart Materials and Bionics
  • Operational Strength and Structural Optimization
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Finite Element Method (FEM)
  • Project


Extensive elective options (5 modules) are available from the 5th to the 7th semester to deepen the knowledge and own interests.

Profession & Perspectives

The first lightweight construction products were developed in the Lake Constance - Upper Swabia region over 100 years ago. This has given rise to numerous high-tech companies. Lightweight construction specialists are not only sought after in aerospace and earthbound vehicle construction. They are needed, for example, in the structural design of wind turbines, robotic components and medical technology (e.g. endo- and exoprosthetics).