Fraunhofer LBF in Darmstadt is one of the most traditional institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Over 75 years ago, the former “Laboratory for Structural Durability LBF” shaped a completely new area of research that even back then was already economically significant and, up to today, has lost none of its topicality and pertinence. Particularly in the last decade, the institute developed its competence center both in breadth and depth on the basis of experimental structural durability with a great deal of innovation force and high degree of dynamics. Additional market segments beyond the traditional vehicle and mechanical engineering branches of industry were opened up.
More than 550 scientists, engineers, technicians, administrators and experts from diverse disciplines bring their know-how into interdisciplinary project work and services that extends beyond the boundaries of each subject matter to the advantage of customers and partners. They take up future-oriented topics, develop them to product and process innovations in close cooperation with their customers and thus set new trends.
The Fraunhofer LBF teams offer services along the entire valueadded chain starting with the material and its processing up to the finished component, the complex system, its qualification with regard to safety and reliability, and performance from product design to verification. Particularly in the area of plastics, the institute provides support at an early stage of the value added chain with polymer synthesis and in-depth material
Comprehensive material and energy-efficient solutions are developed in the areas of vibration technology, lightweight construction, reliability and polymer technology – tailored to the individual needs of each customer. Fraunhofer LBF reaches a number of different markets with its characteristic, wide-reaching competence and service portfolio, particularly in rail transport technology, ship building, aviation, mechanical and plant engineering, energy technology, building industry, medical technology and the chemical industry.