We help enterprises to increase their resilience. In our new video, we explain how that works. Have a look at it!

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Recovering strongly from crisis through Resilience Engineering

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Design of personal armor systems using latest virtual human body models

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Fraunhofer EMI corporate video is online

Research for a safe future

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Human body models in vehicle safety

Relevance of muscle stiffness for occupant safety

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3D printing of heavy metals

Primary development of process parameters for 3D printing of heavy metals and unique materials

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EMI together with ESA and NASA

Screening for meteoroid and space debris impacts on the Columbus module of the ISS

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LISA: listening into space

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Laser and impact

New laboratory for high-power laser applications

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The DURCHBLICK project

Expert interview on robot-assisted examinations of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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Analysis of the Cascade Effects in Supply Networks—Softwaretool CAESAR

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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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Risk analyses for the protection against improvised explosive devices

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Current information on the situation due to the coronavirus

Fraunhofer EMI contributes its share for the safety and security of our society. We want to protect our employees, their families and our business partners.

We stay at home and work remotely from home. Employees can be reached by email or telephone. Thus, we keep up research for a safe future, even in challenging times like these.

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 74 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 28,800, who work with an annual research budget totaling more than 2,8 billion euros.


Annual Report 2019/2020

The EMI Annual Report 2019/2020 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.




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79104 Freiburg, Germany

Phone +49 761 2714-0 



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