SCIENCE AND RESEARCH AS THE MOTOR FOR INNOVATIONS “At the TU Berlin, lightweight technology is understood as a design principle for functional and/or economic reasons and is applied far beyond aerospace technology in all innovative areas such as wind power, vehicle construction and medical technology.” Prof. Dr. Ing. Andreas Bardenhagen Head of the aircraft construction and lightweight construction department, Technische Universität Berlin The multidisciplinary research at the well-known universities, colleges and scientific institutions in the capital region is an important driver for innovations in everything to do with lightweight technologies. The dominant fields are modeling and simulation, followed by design and layout. In metals, plastics and composite materials, Berlin has excellent scientific expertise, including at the TU Berlin, HU Berlin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology. At the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), scientists are conducting research, among other things, on the additive manufacturing of technical ceramics for mechanically stressed components in lightweight construction. The Innovation Hub13, an association of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, TH Wildau and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP), forms an important regional interface between science, industry and the public. Joint activities are used to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of technological understanding and solution approaches in lightweight technologies in order to jointly drive forward future-oriented development.
NETWORKS AND INITIATIVES WITH INTERNATIONAL IMPACT Many relevant associations support cross-industry networking. Composites United (CU), one of the world’s largest networks for fiber-based multi-material lightweight construction is based in Berlin. The international industry and research association primarily promotes the development of hybrid high-performance composite materials and their sustainable application. The use of synergies from regional core competencies in the field of Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence enables product development, optimization of manufacturing processes and the implementation of new bio-based materials for sustainable and climate-neutral applications. In addition, the network Leichtbau Metall Brandenburg, an open association of actors from science and industry, is active in the field of metal and hybrid lightweight technologies solutions. The focus of the network is on initiating and supporting innovative individual and joint projects for the development of new lightweight concepts, processes and products. “Composites United e.V. was founded in 2019 and has developed into a leading global network for fiber-based hybrid lightweight design, with around 400 members from four continents. For the headquarters of the new association, only Berlin came into question. We want to contribute our expertise here and help shape and promote activities in the field of lightweight design.” Dr. Gunnar Merz CEO, Composites United e.V.