About FZD

Over 40 Years of Automotive Technology Research

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In education, we attach special importance to the understanding of functional principles and context. Our students learn scientific precision and objectiveness, and are practiced in being critical with their own as well as foreign results. Within our research, the consideration of the entire system driver-vehicle-environment is paramount. We systematically create concepts and methods with the required technology independent from the limits of a specific discipline. With our competence in the areas of vehicle mechanics and mechatronics, we solve many problems autarkic. Additionally, we cooperate with other disciplines to achieve a broader expertise for our projects and to support interdisciplinary exchange.

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FZD History

FZD is an automotive engineering research institution within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt). FZD was founded on November 1, 1977 by Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Bert Breuer. In 2002 the chairmanship was taken over by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hermann Winner.

The scientific staff of FZD comprises more than 20 scientific assistants and Dr. Fecher as chief engineer. Several staff members direct the administration office and accountancy. Research at FZD is substantially supported by the employees of the internal mechanical and electrical workshops. The spectrum of their work ranges from manufacturing simple components to developing complete testing facilities as well as equipping test vehicles with measurement technology.