Review of 2017

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Clausthal-Zellerfeld. Whether for automotive production, the construction sector or medical technology: Innovative or optimised materials and material combinations are a crucial key to innovation. This was made clear at the second Lower Saxon Material Technology Symposium, for which around 150 participants from all over Germany gathered at the TU Clausthal at the end of February.

In the pleasant surroundings of the Aula Academica, many conference participants made use of the opportunity to engage in technical discussion and establish contacts. Photo: Ernst

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The organiser of the conference series, which celebrated its launch in 2015, was once again the Clausthal Centre for Material Technology (Clausthaler Zentrum für Materialtechnik, CZM). "For around two years, in our centre we have been combining materials that are as difference as glass, ceramic, plastic and metal, to great success,", said Professor Volker Wesling, spokesperson for the CZM board. "Here natural and materials scientists and engineers come together and draw inspiration from one another," continued Wesling. Characteristic of the CZM and also of the symposium is the guiding principle, "New prospects through advances materials and processes - from basic research through to application at all stages of the value chain”.

During the opening address in the Aula Academica of the TU Clausthal, Dr. Albrecht Stalmann of Volkswagen AG spoke on "Materials sciences in the area of tension of the requirements of "Industry 4.0" in automotive construction". Here, among other topics, the automotive expert highlighted the subject of the digitalised quality control of materials used, taking coils as an example.

There were a total of 50 specialist lectures on the programme over the two event days – delivered in three sessions running in parallel. The contributions, which are compiled in a conference transcript, provided information on trends in materials research and process technology, with a focus on nine topic areas: new functional materials, construction materials, resource-efficient material concepts, forming technology, joining technology, coating and surface technology, material properties and behaviour, analytics and material engineering modelling. Wood, the most significant renewable natural resource, was another topic that was picked up on. In his lecture entitled, "Wood and organic reagents – a very promising partnership", Clausthal Professor Dieter Kaufmann pointed out: Through the chemical optimisation of the surface of the wood, the disadvantages of the natural product, such as its vulnerability to humidity, fire and biological attacks could be well compensated for.

Following a successful second event, which was also met with great interest from participating scientists from overseas, for example from Sweden and Greece, CZM CEO Dr. Henning Wiche has already started looking ahead: "The third Lower Saxon Material Technology Symposium is to take place in 2019."


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