Sustainable Lightweight Design

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Increased safety requirements, shortage of resources and climate change are major challenges for the automotive industry. The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions for future vehicles is one of our major research aims.

In addition to air and rolling resistance the vehicle’s mass heavily influences its energy requirements. Sustainable lightweight design therefore is an important aspect while developing future vehicles within the scope of maximum safety and efficiency. Electric vehicles further enhance this aspect, as the extra weight for energy storage devices has to be taken into account while maximising the cruising range. Furthermore, ecological and economical aspects concerning the entire product life cycle, starting with the raw materials right through production until recycling all materials, have to be regarded.

In order to reduce the vehicle’s weight significantly, new ideas concerning material and structure are essential. More and more new raw materials can be used and combined for each special application to optimise future vehicle structures. Thereby we focus on methodical research needs just as on their input for all following processing.

Within national and international research projects ika studies solutions to these and other questions. Our studies are based on our considerable testing infrastructure including high-performance simulation capacities to virtually design and validate vehicle structures, various test benches and test tracks to validate and benchmark new concepts. In addition, we closely cooperate with materials science and production engineering experts.


Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
RWTH Aachen University

Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany

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