Leichtmetall Kompetenzzentrum Ranshofen of AIT-LKR

The Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen GmbH (AIT-LKR) forms the AIT Center for Low-Emission Transport, a subsidiary of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Austria’s largest non-university research institute. The AIT-LKR focuses on the development of safe, efficient and green mobility solutions. It is positioned as development centre for high-quality light metal alloys and sustainable manufacturing processes, as well as functionally integrated lightweight components.

The AIT-LKR is the coordinator of the SUSTAINair project. On the technical side, AIT-LKR is involved in the research, development and characterization of novel aluminium alloys with optimum properties regarding hybrid manufacturing, repair and recycling. Additionally, it will work on feedstock manufacturing for additive manufacturing, pin manufacturing, and near net shape manufacturing of light metals using wire based additive manufacturing and high pressure die casting.

Rudolf Gradinger

Rudolf Gradinger is an engineer with experiences in coordination of pan-European projects, and in system and process optimization. He is author and coauthor of several national and international publications and conference papers. Gradinger is a delegate to or a member of ASD – AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE) – working group 2; Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics – EREA and AAI – the Austrian Aeronautics Industries Group.

Jürgen Roither

Jürgen Roither is the coordinator of the SUSTAINair project. Roither is research engineer in the field of premium light metal alloys. His field of competence is in casting technologies, non-destructive testing, development and technical implementation of sensor technology, process sensing (monitoring) and development.

Upgrading ground control Professional development through coordination and project management.

Learning to fly Cooperation with motivated European partners whose competences are in different S&T fields and profitably complement each other.

Green flying Contributing to the "European Green Deal" for a sustainable EU economy.

Clemens Simson

Clemens Simson is a key researcher in developing nanostructured light metal alloys and is leading multiple national projects on the topic. At AIT-LKR, he is a vice head to both the casting technology group and the accredited test lab. Having earned his degree in the diploma studies “Technical Physics” with emphasis on solid state physics, his professional focus is now on development of novel alloy concepts and experimental characterization of light metal alloys.

Team members

Simon Frank
Angela Harrison
Matthias Hartmann
Georg Kunschert
Carina Schlögl
Martin Schnall