In 1947 I was born in Hanover where I studied mechanical engineering. I received my doctorate from the Institute of Automotive Engineering at the Technical University of Hanover in cooperation with Continental AG on the subject of “the normal force distribution of belt tyres”.
In 1974 I took up my first position after university at the Battelle Institute in Frankfurt am Main, where I dealt with the reliability and service life of military vehicles and intensively studied the operating conditions on the Leopard II in particular.
In 1977, I was hired by Metzeler Kautschuk in Munich as head of technical tyre development. There I developed the entire range of tyres from bicycles to tractor tyres. However, a special focus was the complete new development of H-tyres for passenger cars and dropped centre tyres for trucks.
A research project sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Research was the development of cast tyres.
In 1981 I received a call to the Ulm University of Applied Sciences to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering, where I gave lectures on vehicle and tyre technology in addition to mechanics. In 1983 I founded the transfer center “New Technologies in Traffic Engineering” (www.stz-verkehr.de) and developed software for the simulation of vehicles for driving dynamics and fatigue life, which is sold worldwide. A large number of publications have been produced.
I handed over the transfer center to my successor Jakob Häckh on 30.12.2018, but still work as a freelancer to a limited extent.
In 1984 I was publicly appointed and sworn in as an expert for tyre damage by the IHK-Ulm and since then I have prepared approx. 500 expert opinions. Scientifically I have dealt with and published the calculation of tyres with the help of finite elements and with the question of the ageing of tyres.
Due to my more than 20 years of activity in the field of simulation of fatigue life, I also prepare expert opinions and analyses on the failure of metallic components in the fields of vehicles, mechanical engineering and power engineering, in particular wind turbines.
I still carry out this expert activity with enthusiasm and am happy if I can contribute to the clarification of damages through my expertise.