The Institute of Structural Lightweight Design prepares students for a wide variety of career paths by  an application-oriented and research-led teaching and by the impartation of a broad university basic knowledge.

A particular goal is the cooperation with foreign universities to promote the international exchange of students.

Currently the following courses are offered at the institute:

Lightweight Design Fundamentals

The course gives an overview on the applications and classical disciplines of lightweight design More information

Design of Lightweight Structures

This course covers the design and strength analysis of lightweight parts and structures More information

Lightweight Design with Composite Materials

This course introduces the basic concepts of lightweight design with composite materials, particularly with laminated fiber-reinforced polymers and provides a fundamental knowledge regarding the strength analysis of such materials More information

Structural Health Monitoring

The lecture covers methods and techniques for automated monitoring of lightweight structures in terms of structural damage More information

Structural Analysis with Finite Element Method

This compact, application-oriented course provides an introduction to the numerical strength calculation of lightweight components using finite element programs More information

Structural Durability Calculations

In this course the basic knowledges of the durability calculations are acquired More information

Structural Durability and Damage Tolerance

This course introduces the basic concepts of damage and failure of lightweight structures More information


Students who want to deepen their knowledge or pursue a career in research and development of structural lightweight design have the opportunity to conduct a bachelor or master's thesis or research work as part of a doctoral program at the institute.

Topics for bachelor, master's and doctoral theses will be developed together in accordance with the interests and the personal goals of the students. If interested, please contact directly Prof. Martin Schagerl.

For the preparation of the bachelor thesis the following seminars in the amount of 6 hours per week have to be assigned at the Institute of Structural Lightweight Design:

  • Bachelor Seminar for students of Mechatronics
  • Project Seminar for students of Polymer Engineering

For the preparation of the master's thesis the following seminars in the amount of 3 hours per week have to be assigned at the Institute of Structural Lightweight Design:

  • Master's Thesis Seminar for students of Mechatronics
  • Master's Thesis Seminar for students of Polymer Technologies and Science

Doctoral theses are associated with an employment at the institute. Such offers will be announced on the homepage www.ikl.jku.at.