Fraunhofer LBF in Darmstadt is one of the most traditional institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Over 75 years ago, the former «Laboratory for Structural Durability LBF» shaped a completely new area of research that even back then was already economically significant and, up to today, has lost none of its topicality and pertinence. Particularly in the last decade, the institute developed its competence center both in breadth and depth on the basis of experimental structural durability with a great deal of innovation force and high degree of dynamics. Additional market segments beyond the traditional vehicle and mechanical engineering branches of
industry were opened up.