Technische Universitaet Dresden

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The TU Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as an “excellence university”. TUD has about 37.000 students and almost 4.400 employees, 520 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. TU Dresden is strong in research, offering first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany. TU Dresden is the largest university in Saxony.

The Technische Universitaet Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as a “university of excellence”

As a “synergetical university” TU Dresden closely cooperates with external research institutions, cultural, industrial and social organisations. In 2009 TU Dresden started an association of 14 cultural and research institutions called DRESDEN-concept (Dresden Research and Education Synergies for the Development of Excellence and Novelty), which is unique in Germany.

The university emphasises interdisciplinary cooperation, and in both teaching and research its students participate early on in research. More specifically: interdisciplinary cooperation among various fields is a strength of the TUD, whose researchers also benefit from collaborations with the region’s numerous science institutions – including Fraunhofer institutes and Max Planck institutes. In recognition of the TUD’s emphasis on applications in both teaching and research, leading companies have honoured the university with currently fourteen endowed chairs. The TUD prides itself for its international flavour and has partnerships with more than 70 universities worldwide. Furthermore, TUD is the only university in East Germany which has been granted a graduate school and a cluster of excellence in Germany’s excellence initiative.

At the Institut für Leichtbau und Kunststohechnik (ILK) of TUD, research is performed in the field of multi-functional load-adapted lightweight structures. For this, a comprehensive approach is pursued with respect to both materials and products throughout the whole engineering chain – material, design, simulation, manufacturing, component and quality assurance. A main field of research at the institute is dedicated the development and design of composite-based lightweight components with integrated sensor and actuator components. This expertise is applied and further deepened in WP3 and WP5 with respect to elastic wave propagation measurements and impact sensor networks. Additionally, crash and impact tests of consortium relevant structural components will be performed in WP7.

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