The research field lightweight and hybrid design methods concerns itself with classical and novel joining technologies for vehicle structures in multi material design. A large repertoire of devices for mechanical joining and adhesive bonding methods is available. There is equipment for flow drill screwing, self-piercing riveting, clinching, clinch riveting, and High-speed joining by bolts.
Moreover, access to equipment for gluing along the entire spectrum from structurally stiff to flexible-elastic is available. Hybrid joints can also be scientifically investigated in detail by combining mechanical and adhesive-related bonding methods.