About FZD
Over 40 Years of Automotive Technology Research

Get an overview about general facts about FZD.

We support our industry with cutting-edge technology and inspiring people to enable the truly sustainable vehicle which is safe & secure, stable in value and part of a circular economy.

Joined Research Projects

We are very experienced in working closely with the vehicle industry in both, public funded research projects as well as in bilateral projects.

Executive Mentorship:

Top managers who are looking for a technical deep dive in emerging technologies are highly welcome to approach our experts and exchange scientific knowledge with industrial experience.

Inspiration Talks:

Sometimes we have unconventional ideas and visions which are in controversy with mainstream. Those topics are of particular interest for hosts looking for inspiring keynotes.

Please feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Steven Peters or Dr. Norbert Fecher to learn more about our offers.

Strategic Fields of FZD Research
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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). It was founded in 1977 by Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Bert Breuer. In 2002 the chairmanship was taken over by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hermann Winner who retired in 2021. Since April 2022 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steven Peters is heading FZD.

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.