23rd International Dresden Lightweight Engineering Symposium

June 27-28, 2019

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 socio-economic dynamics that only visionaries could have predicted a quarter of a century ago and perhaps fantasists 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 digitisation 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 to 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. Digitalisation brings people closer together through technology. But how can we bring our technology closer to people? That’s what we would like to discuss with you. Join us on a journey to new digital horizons!


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, Member of Board


Welcoming Greetings

9:10 am
Dr. Eva-Maria Stange

Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts


9:20 am
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rödel

Vice-Rector for Research of Technische Universität Dresden


9:30 am
Dr. Winfried Horstmann

German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Director General, Industrial Policy

Digitisation and Lightweight Design as Location Factors

9: 55 am
Alastair McIntosh

Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG, 
Engineering Director RRD and 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, Member of Board

Moving towards 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
, ** Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen

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 Optimisation by Using Graph- and Heuristics-based Topology Optimization within the Digital Development Process

12:05 am
Uwe Wawers*, Sebastian Stein

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. 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
Frik-Jan Kruger

Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG, 
Head of System Design & Integration und Chief of Product Design Management

Electrification in Civil Aerospace

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*, Dr. Thomas Kuczera**

thyssenkrupp Elevator AG, *Head of Research & Innovation Center Rottweil, **Head of Mechanical Development MULTI®

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

BLADEcontrol® as a Remote System for Damage Detection at Rotor Blades of Wind Turbine Generators

4:05 pm
Prof. Dr. Frank H.P. Fitzek*, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Strufe**

Technische Universität Dresden, *Institute of Communication Technology, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks, **Institute for Systems Architecture, Chair of Privacy and Security

Tactile Internet with Human-Machine-Interaction

4:30 pm

Coffee Break

New Digital Horizonts

5:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

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

Potentials of Digitisation – Shaping challenges

5:25 pm
Prof. Dr. Matthias Putz*, Prof. Dr. Steffen Ihlenfeldt**

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU)
, *Director, Scientific Field Machine Tools, Production Systems and Machining, **Head of Cyber Physical Production Systems (CPPS) Department

Smart Production – agile, networked, human

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

Venue: Messe Dresden

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*, Dr. Giuseppe Zumpano**

*Compact Composite Impact Engineering Ltd, Director, **Impact Specialist, Rolls-Royce plc

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

Digitised Production of CFRP High-Performance Components at thyssenkrupp

11:45 am
Dr. Manuela Andrich

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

Digitisation 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*, Dr. Andreas Freund

* Black East GmbH, Chief Executive Officer, ** Realize Engineering Dresden GmbH, Chief Executive Officer

Off the Beaten Track – How the Development of Cycling Parts Begins on the Desk and Does not End at the Dispatch Area

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, Chief Executive Officer

Innovative Lightweight Design Meets Wood

Towards New Horizons

3:15 pm
Prof. Dr. Andreas Ulbricht

CG Rail, Managing Director

Digital Process Chains for the Development of Innovative Rail Vehicles

5:40 pm

Outlook, Closing and Coffee

DFG-SPP 1712 Colloquium: Intrinsic Hybrid Composites for Lightweight Load-Carrying 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*, Prof. Dr. Maik Gude**, 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*

Leibniz 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*, Andreas Ehrlich

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

Function-Integrative Lightweight Design in Civil Engineering – From Development to Practice

3:40 pm

Outlook, Closing and Coffee

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

TransTech Workshop: Transport System-Overlapping, Synergetic Technologies for Regional Emission-Free Mobility

3:40 pm

Outlook, Closing and Coffee

East Saxon Competence Show on Lightweight Design

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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


  • • AMARETO – Saxon Alliance for Material- and Resource-Efficient Technologies
  • • ARBURG GmbH + Co KG
  • • AUMO GmbH
  • • Carbon Composites e.V.
  • • FOREL – Forschungs- und Technologiezentrum für Ressourceneffiziente Leichtbaustrukturen der Elektromobilität
  • • GK Concept GmbH
  • • herone GmbH
  • • IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH
  • • Industrie- und Handelskammer Dresden
  • • Korea Institute of Materials Science
  • • Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • • Leichtbau-Allianz Sachsen e.V.
  • • Leichtbau-Systemtechnologien KORROPOL GmbH
  • • Leichtbau-Zentrum Sachsen GmbH
  • • Mettler-Toledo GmbH
  • • Polish-German Centre for Hybrid Lightweight Structures
  • • Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
  • • SCABA GmbH
  • • Symate GmbH



Messering 6 | 01067 Dresden

Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology

| 01307 Dresden