23. International Dresden Lightweight Engineering Symposium

June 27 -28, 2019 – MESSE DRESDEN

Titelfoto: Sylvio Dittrich

Moving towards digital horizons

What our future will bring seems more uncertain today than it was 25 years ago. Euphoria, but also pessimism, have given way to a diffuse feeling of over-information and loss of orientation. In a world of highly dynamic, global and unfiltered communication, digital technology is turning into a socio-economic dynamic that only visionaries could have predicted a quarter of a century ago and perhaps fanatics half a century ago.

Together with our partners, but also our competitors, we are in the midst of digital transformation. As lightweight engineers, we are called on to actively contribute to digital progresses in the field of Lightweight System Design in order to meet the upcoming economic, ecological and social challenges. We must recognize the potential of digitization as early as possible and address the relevant challenges for our innovation processes and our products with purposeful dedication. Modern Function-Integrative Lightweight Engineering in Multi-Material Design with the aim of achieving the highest resource efficiency in all stages of the product development and the product life cycle is important here as an interdisciplinary bridge not only between the engineering sciences, but also between mathematics and the natural sciences as well as computer science. Digital methods, which are based on physical and chemical models as well as on expert knowledge and which also exploit the potential of artificial intelligence, are indispensable tools for quickly deciphering the complex interrelationships between material and process parameters and the resulting component and system properties. Smart extensions allow components and processes to be networked and, to the benefit of all of us, accompanied by digital twins across the entire life cycle.

The aim of this International Dresden Lightweight Engineering Symposium is both to briefly review what has been achieved on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology and to highlight the ongoing digital change from a historical perspective. Digitalization brings people closer together through technology. This year we want to discuss how we can bring our technology closer to people. Join us on a journey to new digital horizons!

Board of the ILK-Institute

Board of the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology
from left:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Maik Gude, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hubert Jäger, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Niels Modler, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil./Prof. E. h. Dr. h.c. Werner Hufenbach

Programme for the 23rd International Dresden Lightweight Symposium

The symposium languages are German and English. A simultaneous translation service will be available.

Programme for Thursday, June 27th 2019



9:00 am
Prof. Dr. Niels Modler

Technische Universität Dresden, 
Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology
 – Chair of Function-Integrative Lightweight Engineering

Welcoming Greetings

9:10 am
Dr. Eva-Maria Stange

Saxon Minister of State for Science and Arts


9:20 am
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rödel

Vice-Rector of Technische Universität Dresden for Research


9:30 am

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Locational Factors Digitalisation and Lightweight Design (inquired)

9: 55 am
Alastair McIntosh

Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG – 
Engineering Director RRD und Chief Engineer - Business Aviation

Rolls-Royce „IntelligentEngine“

10:20 am
Prof. Dr. Maik Gude

Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology
 – Chair of Lightweight Design and Structural Assessment

Beginning into the Fourth Era of Lightweight Design

10:45 am

Coffee Break

Digital Product Development and Optimization

11:15 am
Dr. André Berger*, Prof. Dr. Thomas Pyttel**

*ESI Engineering System International GmbH
 – Technical Director
, ** TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences

Customer-Specific Software Solutions within the Scope of Digital Product Development

11:40 am
Dr. Jens W. Meschke

Volkswagen AG, Lightweight Design & Structural Optimization Automotive Technology

Lightweight Design and Structural Optimization by Using Graph- and Heuristics-based Topology Optimization within the Digital Development Process

12:05 am
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Uwe Wawers

Porsche AG – 
Manager Body Engineering Structure - 911

Lightweight engineering and digitalisation in the development and production process of Porsche 911

12:30 am

Lunch break

Production in the Digital Era

1:30 pm
Prof. Dr. Matthias Putz

Institutsleiter – Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology
, Director – Scientific Field Machine Tools, Production Systems and Machining

Smart Production – Agile, Networked, Human

1:55 pm
Sebastian Rothenbert*, Dr. Thomas Sommer-Dittrich*

Daimler AG, *Future Technologies, **Manager Agile Cooperation/ Future Technologies

Hardware and Digital Technologies for Future Mobility

2:20 pm
Prof. Dr. Axel Herrmann*, Sascha Backhaus**

** Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. (FIBRE) – 
Head of Institute and Chairman of the Board
; ** CTC GmbH - Composites Technology Center Stade

Digital Transformation in Composite Manufacturing

2:45 pm

Coffee Break

Digital Products

3:15 pm
Markus Jetter

thyssenkrupp Elevator AG
 – Head of Research & Innovation Center Rottweil R&D ET/IC

MULTI® – World‘s First Ropeless Elevator System with Linear Drive and the Transformation of the Building Industry

3:40 pm
Hans Schlingmann

Weidmüller Monitoring Systems GmbH, Technical Managing Director

Online Monitored and Controlled Wind Turbine Rotors (inquired)

4:05 pm
Axel Lange

Lange Research Aircraft GmbH, Managing Director

Antares E2 – a Milestone in Remote Sensing

4:30 pm

Coffee Break

5:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH – 
Institute and Managing Director

Potentials of Digitization – Shaping challenges

5:25 pm
Prof. Dr. Frank HP Fitzek

Institute of Communication Technology – Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks

Tactile Internet with Human-Machine Interaction

25 Years ILK – Anniversary Ceremony, June 27th 2019, 7 pm

Venue: Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

Programme for Friday, June 28th 2019

Venue: Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

Dresden Lightweight Alumni – Trend-Setting Across All Industries

9:00 pm
Dr. Martin Dannemann

Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology – 
ILK Alumnireferent


Digital Product Development and Optimization

9:10 am
Prof. Dr. Olaf Helms

University of Applied Science Emden/Leer

Approaches for the Modularisation of Electric Vehicles According to Circulation Requirements

9:35 am
Alexander Pabst*, Heiko Witte**

Rolls-Royce Deutschland GmbH & Co KG, *Product Maturity Lead, **Head of Engineering Improvement & Quality

Advanced Digital Technologies for the Design of Innovative Aero Engines

10:00 am
Maria Lißner, Prof. Dr. Nik Petrinic*

University of Oxford Department of Engineering Science Impact Laboratory, * Professor of Engineering Science

Combined Experimental and numerical Methods to Evaluate Rate-Dependent Behaviour of Adhesive Joints

10:25 am
Dr. Jens Wiegand

Compact Composite Impact Engineering Ltd
 – Director

The Long and Stony Way from a Physically Based Material Model to a Validated Digital Design Tool

10:50 am

Coffee Break

Production in the Digital Era

11:20 am
Dr. Jens Werner

thyssenkrupp Carbon Components GmbH, Chief Executive Officer

Digitized Production of CFRP High-Performance Components at thyssenkrupp

11:45 am
Dr. Manuela Andrich

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH, Composite Structures & Interiors, Program Manager Technology

Digitization in Aviation Technology at EFW

12:10 am
Alexander Schult

Rolls-Royce Deutschland GmbH & Co KG
 – Chief of Materials - Capability Acquisition

Controlled Plasma Treatment of Surfaces for Adhesive Preparation

12:35 am
Mirko Filler

CarboLife technologies GmbH & Co.KG, Chief Executive Officer


1:00 pm

Lunch Break

Digital Products

2:00 pm
Phillip Scheffel*, Johannes Garbino-Anton**

*APUS – Aeronautical Engineering GmbH, Chief Executive Officer; **Innovation Alliance for the Development of Low-Emission Aircraft Engines (IBEFA) Project Coordinator IBEFA

New Concepts for Low-Emission Aircraft Engines

2:25 pm
Benjamin Zenker

HOMMBRU GmbH, Research and Development

Music of the Future – Acoustics and Design in the Smart Home

2:50 pm
Yves Mattern, Philipp Strobel

Lignoa Leichtbau GmbH i.G., Chief Executive Officer

Innovative Lightweight Design Meets Wood

Towards New Horizons

3:15 pm
Dr. Andreas Ulbricht

CG Rail, Managing Director


5:40 pm

Preview, Closing and Coffee

DFG-SPP 1712 Colloquium: Intrinsic Hybrid Composites for Lightweight Load-Carring Structures

9:00 am
Prof. Dr. Maik Gude

Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology, Chair of Lightweight Design and Structural Assessment


9:10 am
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fleischer

Karlsruhe Institut of Technology, wbk Institute of Production Science, Director

Intrinsic Hybrid Composites for Lightweight Structures – Fundamentals of Manufacturing, Characterization and Design – SPP1712

9:35 am
Zheng Wang, Prof. Dr. Tröster*

Paderborn University, Automotive Lightweight Design, *Chair holder

Intrinsic Fabrication of Metal-PMC Hybrid Structures Based on a Vacuum-Assisted Resin Transfer Moulding Process

10:00 am
Matthias Riemer, Prof. Dr. Welf-Guntram Drossel*

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, *Executive Director, Scientific Field Mechatronics and Lightweight Structures

Crash-Loaded Structural Components: Efficient Lightweight Design Through Intrinsic Hybridization

10:25 am
Fabian Günther, Prof. Dr. Markus Stommel*

Technische Universität Dortmund, Chair of Polymer Technology, *Chair holder

Challenges in the Development Process from Simple (2D) to Complex (3D) CFRP Hybrid Components with Thermoplastic-Injected Metal Inserts

10:50 am

Coffee Break

11:20 am
Markus Muth, PD Dr. Kay A. Weidemann*

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials, *Head of Department Hybrid Materials and Lightweight Structures

Load-Carrying PMC-Metal Hybrid Structure for Automotive Crash Applications – Simulation, Production, Performance

11:45 am
Franz Hirsch, Prof. Dr. Markus Kästner*, Veit Würfel**

Technische Universität Dresden, *Institute for Solid Mechanics, **Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

Intrinsic Thermoplastic Composite Metal Hollow Structures with Multi-Scale Form Fitting

12:10 am
Jonas Nieschlag; Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fleischer*

Karlsruhe Institut of Technology, wbk Institute of Production Science, *Director

Fabrication and Dimensioning of Hybrid Hollow Structures in Centrifugal Process

12:35 am
Lukas Groß, Prof. Dr. Berend Denkena*

Leibnitz Universität Hannover, Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools, *Director

Concepts for Load Introduction in Fibre Composite Structures for High-Performance Applications

1:00 pm

Lunch Break

Lightweight Region Saxony

2:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Prahl

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Chair for Forming Technology, Head of Institute

Significance and Development of the Key Technology of Lightweight Design in Saxony

2:25 pm
Prof. Dr. David Rafaja

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute for Material Science, Head of Institute, Speaker of AMARETO

Boon and Bane of Big Data in Materials Science and Materials Design

2:50 pm
Dr. Daniel Weck

Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

Smart Design – Interactive Product Design Processes

3:15 pm
PD Dr. Sandra Gelbrich

Technische Universität Chemnitz, Institute of Lightweight Structures, Head of the research group Lightweight Constructions in Civil Engineering


3:40 pm

Preview, Closing and Coffee

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

CCeV Workshop: Using Data Properly to Develop and Automate Complex Manufacturing Processes

2:00 – 3:40 pm

Internationalization: Poland – United Kingdom – South Korea

3:40 pm

Preview, Closing and Coffee

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Project Show

ILK Scientific Groups

  • • Material Models
  • • Lightweight Designs
  • • Computational Methods and Simulation
  • • Thermoplastic Processes
  • • Thermoset Process and Preforming
  • • Joining Techniques
  • • Test Methods and Experiments
  • • Functional Integration
  • • Special Materials and Processes

ILK Working Groups

  • • Medical Technologies
  • • Electro Mobility
  • • Vibroacoustics


  • • Carbon Composites e.V.
  • • Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
  • • Saxon Alliance for Material- and Resource-Efficient Technllogies
  • • Lightweight Alliance
  • • Warsaw-Dresden Dual PhD Program
  • • Polish-German Centre for Hybrid Lightweight Structures
  • • Korea Institute of Materials Science
  • • Korea Institute of Science and Technology


Presentations will be made in English and German and simultaneously interpreted.

Early-Bird (until April 30th)


incl. 7 % VAT

Early Bird

Regular Fee


incl. 7 % VAT


25 Years Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

27th and 28th June 2019

Anniversary Ceremony

Thursday 27th June 2019 – Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

Project Show

Friday 28th June 2019 – Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology




Messering 6 | 01067 Dresden

Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

| 01307 Dresden