Fraunhofer Institute has presented its Ernst Gaßner Award for Outstanding Achievements in Automotive Lightweight Design to Dr Yung-Li Lee of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Bruno Seufert of Daimler AG.

The award reportedly recognizes the development of safety-relevant, reliable lightweight components. Dr Lee is responsible for the development and implementation of advanced structural durability technologies for design, simulation and testing, while Seufert has been responsible for structural durability testing at Daimler AG since 1990.

According to the institute, Dr Ernst Gaßner (1908 – 1988) established the term ‘structural durability’, ie, the load-spectrum and lifetime-oriented connection between the strength of components and the loads that occur during service, and introduced a test program for durability tests in the 1930s which made it possible to develop particularly lightweight and reliable components. Today, structural durability is applied in the automotive, railway and aerospace industries as well as medical technology, renewable energies, optics and mechanical engineering, Fraunhofer says.

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