Safer Materials Safe and Reliable Materials

New materials often have significant advantages over traditional materials; for example, they can be lighter, harder, more flexible or more long-lasting. However, their damage tolerance is not always clear, which can lead to considerable safety risks in the event of unforeseen incidents. The objective of the LOEWE research cluster Safer Materials is to develop methods and technical expertise that will make materials safe and reliable when stretched to their performance limits and when subject to various external influences. In the focus of the investigations are the well-chosen material classes high-strength concretes and steels, secondary aluminium and biobased plastics.The researchers are also recording the interactions between human behaviour during production and processing and the material properties, a field that had previously been largely unexplored. The LOEWE research cluster is ultimately intended to become a new materials engineering subdiscipline at Kassel University.

Participating Institutes

  • Quality and reliability
    Prof. Dr. Brückner-Foit
    Department of Materials Engineering
    Link to the website
  • Plastics engineering
    Prof. Dr. Heim/ Dr. Feldmann
    Department of Materials Engineering
    Link to the website
  • Engineering mechanics / continuum mechanics
    Prof. Dr. Ricoeur
    Department of Mechanics
    Link to the website
  • Structural materials and building chemistry
    Prof. Dr. Middendorf
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Link to the website
  • Work and organisation psychology
    Prof. Dr. Sträter
    Department of Ergonomics and Process Management
    Link to the website

LOEWE Research Cluster


  • University of Kassel

Associate Partners

  • Institute of Production Technology and Logistics, University of Kassel
  • Institute of Structural Engineering, University of Kassel
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, Potsdam
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe

Fields of study

  • Materials engineering
  • Metallic materials
  • Plastics engineering
  • Structural materials and construction chemistry
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Foundry engineering
  • Solid construction
  • System and innovation research
  • Applied polymer research
  • Work and organisation psychology

Funding period

Since 2015

Project Coordinator

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Heim,

    University of Kassel


  • Kassel

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