Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI

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 76 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 30,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling more than 2,9 billion euros.


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The EMI Annual Report 2020/2021 provides an overview of successfully completed research projects, new research fields and a review of a successful year.


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


Security and Resilience

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