Ideas for the Future – Research and Development in a New Highly Innovative SME

Based on his university work and research at the TU Darmstadt, Professor Horst Peter Wölfel founded the company Wölfel Beratende Ingenieure in 1971. Today, such a young enterprise would be called “high-tech start-up” and “spin-off” of Darmstadt University of Technology. During the first couple of years the company’s aim was to make the arising computer simulation – namely the Finite Element Method – accessible to Germany’s industry, so to serve as mediator between university research and industrial application. To this day this mediator role is a distinctive feature of our company, since we have always been keen to be at the top of technological developments.

In the 1970s, we focused on FE-simulation; in the 1980s, we completed simulation by experimental modal analysis based on our dynamics know-how and merged calculation and measurement. In the 1990s, we were mainly involved in probabilistic risk studies and today we are engaged in industrial oriented, applied research in the area of dynamics, our core competence, including themes as:

  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Seating Comfort
  • Active Vibration Reduction
  • Structural Health Monitoring

Our Main Research Areas

Our R&D activities focus on the following topics:

  • Structural health monitoring of rotor blades, tower and foundation, load monitoring (e.g.: SHM Wind or Underwater Inspect)
  • Grouted joints (e.g.: QS-M Grout)

  • Dynamic seating comfort of seats in motor vehicles (e.g.: UDASim)

  • Lightweight structures (e.g.: IRIS or I-SSB)
  • Vibration reduction (e.g.: ELISSA)

  • Vulnerability study regarding load case airplane crash (e.g.: RiskPROTEC CI)
  • Resilience analysis for load case blast (e.g.: GRASB)
  • Non-linear concrete failure  (Bsp.: IRIS)

  • Development of different technologies for the reduction of resonance and forced vibrations (e.g.: active noise control, Safe Pipes or WiTiRohr)

  • Dynamic seating comfort of seats in motor vehicles (e.g.: UDASim)
  • Reduction of load-induced diseases of people in wheelchairs and bedridden people

  • Composite structures (e.g.: Organobridge)
  • Optimization of the textile trimming of seats and shoes

  • High-temperature pipes in plant engineering (e.g.: IRIS)
  • Bridges (e.g.: Organobridge or PiezoEN Bridge)
  • Railways

Please contact us personally


We will be pleased to inform you about our finished and current research projects and are at your disposal for any inquiries regarding new research activities.

Dr. rer. nat. Herbert Friedmann

+49 931 49708-360
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Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Nuber

+49 931 49708-365
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