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DLR signs cooperation agreement with Canadian universities to focus on lightweighting and crashworthiness

The Institute of Vehicle Concepts at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) has signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Waterloo and the University of Windsor in Canada. Central elements of the collaboration will be research into and the exchange of scientific data on the subjects of lightweight construction and the crashworthiness of vehicles, as well as planning and collaborating on projects.

The collaboration agreement was signed during the International Crashworthiness Symposiums organized by the three collaborating partners. The symposium took place in Windsor, Canada, on 11 April.

The University of Waterloo is one of the leading research institutes in Canada for the engineering sector and is primarily contributing its expertise in the areas of materials research and the behavior of materials in the event of a crash. The University of Windsor is one of the world’s leaders in the area of energy absorption through metalworking processes.

The DLR Institute of Vehicle Concepts works on and coordinates research areas relating to transport technology, new vehicle concepts and vehicle technologies. In its research area of lightweight construction and hybrid construction methods, it is closely involved with new crashworthy lightweight construction methods for road and rail vehicles, and provides a unique research infrastructure with its component crash test facility.


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