International Resilience Research

Introducing the Global Resilience Research Network (YouTube video)

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Inauguration of five high-tech laboratories

Fraunhofer EMI opens 3D-Printing Lab Metals and Structural Materials, Multi-Material Design Lab, Laser Technology Lab, Satellite Lab and Sensor Lab. Read more in the German press release.

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Analysis of the Cascade Effects in Supply Networks—Softwaretool CAESAR

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INACHUS – quick void detection in collapsed buildings

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TAURUS – transatlantic progress in urban resilience research

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Characterization and modeling of a vehicle wheel under crash-relevant conditions

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Material testing under highest strain rates

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How safely beats the heart of the electric car? Fraunhofer EMI performs tests on batteries for electric vehicles

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Structural Design and Additive Manufacturing

Fraunhofer EMI engages in establishing design rules for the application of Additive Manufacturing technologies – especially in respect of the extreme dynamic load requirements in crash- or impact-related applications.

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Crash test under X-ray

For the first time, the interior of a vehicle is rendered visible during the crash thanks to the newly installed technology at the X-ray crash center at EMI.

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Bird strike on helicopters – new simulation methods

More than other aircraft, helicopters are endangered by bird strike and, therefore, need special protection. To improve bird strike simulation, Fraunhofer EMI develops new simulation methods.

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Airline passenger screening – judging quality, comfort and efficiency

Security checkpoints are of special importance for the security of airports. Fraunhofer EMI develops a method to evaluate the quality, comfort and efficiency of airport security checkpoints.

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Thoma

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we bid farewell to Prof. Dr. Klaus Thoma. Our thoughts are with his wife Barbara and his sons Anselm and Lenz, along with their families.

As our director and colleague, Klaus Thoma embodied values and convictions that we will continue to uphold in his memory.

As a visionary institute director, he purposefully and passionately tackled research topics that would prove to be vital in the future. He also diplomatically and objectively mastered difficult and complex challenges with and for his colleagues. With his discerning and unyielding manner of approaching conflict, even unpleasant matters were successfully handled. Clear argumentation and facts were always essential for him.

Klaus Thoma, regardless of where he was in the world, fought with all his strength for us and for Fraunhofer EMI. He stood for fairness, honesty, reliability, and absolute commitment. At the beginning of his time at EMI, he saved the institute from closing its doors. He ingeniously recognized that completely new research topics were required for the success of the institute post-Cold War. After the terrorist attacks in New York, Madrid, and London, it was he who helped build up German and European security research. His significant involvement in this field resulted in him being the face of the security and defence research for the entire Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and in Germany.

As his colleagues and co-workers, we are deeply grateful for the many valuable years during which we could work with Klaus Thoma. We will miss his vision, advice, strategical instinct and his inexhaustible strength to bravely and resolutely approach and initiate new projects.

The memory of Klaus Thoma, dignified and honorable, will remain with us throughout time. 

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Certainly safe and sustainably secure

The Ernst-Mach-Institut studies high-speed processes in experiment and simulation. We consider them from a physical and engineering perspective and develop solutions for industrial applications.

Our center of interest is on security, resilience, reliability, efficiency and sustainability of structures, components and systems under dynamic and extraordinary loads. We analyze phenomena of crash, impact and shock-waves in materials, microstructures as well as in complex systems.

Our applications range from components and design of structures to whole vehicles and defense technology systems, from buildings and infrastructures, urban systems and networks to satellite systems.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 72 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 25,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling more than 2,3 billion euros.



Fraunhofer EMI analyzes modern concepts of protection and new materials for high-dynamic loading and develops sensor technology for ballistic application.



We research and develop technologies, methods and ideas to make our society and its infrastructures robust, error-tolerant and resilient towards hazardous events.



Crashworthiness of vehicle structures and components as well as the challenges concerning electromobility and automated driving form the center of research of the business unit Automotive.



Meteorites and space debris threaten spacecraft and satellites. At Fraunhofer EMI, we investigate hypervelocity impacts in order to improve the security of space systems.



Aviation materials have to be light, loadable and reliable. We test structures, components and joints and optimize lightweight structures.




Ernst-Zermelo-Strasse 4

79104 Freiburg, Germany

Phone +49 761 2714-0 



Am Klingelberg 1

79588 Efringen-Kirchen, Germany

Phone +49 7628 9050-0



Am Christianswuhr 2

79400 Kandern, Germany

Phone +49 7626 9157-0