Organisation

Working group 1: Manufacture of material composites for adaptive applications using methods derived from powder metallurgy (e.g. laser sintering, laser melting)

  • Combination of material combinations that are actually incompatible, using powder e.g. by means of laser sintering

  • Detect and resolve interface optimisation issues by means of surface modifications or temperature profile studies

  • Laser melting process

  • Development of suitable starting materials/powders

    • Development of structures with enhanced surface quality and
      improved abrasion behaviour

    • Development of structures with targeted adjustable porosity for special filtering/selection tasks

    • Development of transition elements for multi-material applications under critical environmental conditions

Working group 2: Resource efficiency

  • Mechanical conditioning for the adjustment of defined (surface) properties

  • Innovative procedures for the size enlargement of secondary raw materials and integration into the primary process, e.g. in the metallurgical industry

  • Procedural developments for the carbonisation of organic residue masses as a substitute for fossil fuels, with a view to reducing CO2 and simultaneously utilising the reduction potential, e.g. for metallurgical processes

  • Separating procedure for composites as a basis for closed production cycles

  • Decontamination of metal recycling cycles, e.g. through the removal of precious and by-metals such as titanium, tin, manganese

  • Strategy and technological development for urban mining, for metals in particular

  • Forecasting models for the material ageing of metals and metal composites for defined milieu conditions

Working group 3: Inorganic-organic hybrid materials – Nano materials, procedures and polymers for rapid manufacturing

  • Microheterogeneous polymer composites

  • Ultrasound emulsion polymerisation

  • Procedures and polymers for rapid manufacturing

  • Impact modification

  • Manufacture, processing and properties of hybrid materials

Working group 4: Forming technology – active-medium-based processing of mono and hybrid systems

  • Strip and sheet manufacture and processing (rolling, bending, deep-drawing, interior high-pressure forming)of mono and hybrid materials

  • Production of round wires, profile wires and tubes from monomaterials or composites

  • Extrusion pressing

  • Thermomechanical treatment of metal materials

  • Demand-driven development of new materials and forming techniques for material combinations

  • Optimisation of process chains

  • Support using modelling and simulation techniques

Working group 5: Material systems with lightweight metal materials

  • Development of new lightweight metal alloys and composite materials based on magnesium and titanium, with increased creep strength, optimised workability and improved fatigue characteristics

  • Increase in the formability of wrought magnesium alloys, in particular using modern high-grade plastic deformation methods

  • Development of "hybrid structures" made from Al-Mg, Ti-Al, Mg-Fe and Mg-plastic and from products of this basis, with a significant weight reduction

  • Development of innovative joining and connection technologies for magnesium and titanium alloys, as well as material composites

  • Development of suitable surface treatments (shot peening, deep rolling, ion implantation, laser processing etc.) for the optimisation of fatigue, corrosion and wear characteristics

  • Further development of process chains for the manufacture of semi-finished products and components from lightweight metal materials

  • Improvement of the fatigue characteristics of magnesium extrusion press profiles by means of optimised process parameters

  • Rapid heating processes for the generation of ultra-fine, high-strength joins in titanium and magnesium alloys

  • Development of new nano-structured beta titanium alloys with a low modulus of elasticity, excellent bio-compatibility and high vibration resistance

Working group 6: Lifetime assessment of multi-material systems

  • Development or further development of materials

  • Geometry optimisation for components

  • Use of new production and joining procedures

  • Operational stability

  • Stress reduction

  • Development of new control concepts for active chassis, with the simultaneous increase of the drive comfort and a reduction in component stress

  • Development of chassis concepts that do away with the "classic" spring/damper layout

Working group 7: New or improved manufacturing and processing methods for polymer fibre composites

  • Active robot/handling structure

  • Design of joining surfaces

  • optimisation of impregnation by means of flow studies

  • Winding technology

  • Impact modification

  • Natural-fibre-reinforced systems in rail and other applications

  • Laminar shell elements

  • wear-resistant processing machines

Working group 8: Material and functional optimisation by means of process sequences

  • Property optimisation of structural components made from ultra-strong steels and lightweight metals, through the coupling of the forming, heat-treating and joining processes

  • manufacture of composite components from metallurgically incompatible metals, by means of coating and joining

  • Manufacture and certification of corrosion, oxidation and wear prevention coatings

  • Low-heat joining and coating of polymer-metal semi-finished products and components

  • Press welding and heat treatment of multi-material structures

Working group 9: Surface functionalisation and surface analytics

  • Investigation and assessment of new materials and material combinations

  • Investigation and use of already known surface modification procedures

  • Further and new development of surface modification techniques

  • Fundamental studies of the interaction between metals (Ag, Ti) and wooden surfaces

  • Cleaning and passivation of semi-conductor surfaces by means of plasma treatment, in a dielectric barrier discharge

  • Examination of the impairment of the operational stability of aluminium materials as a result of environmental influences

  • Study of the crystallisation kinetics of amorphous Si1-xCx

  • Study of the adhesion properties in steel sandwich structures

  • Nano-structured hard coatings in the TixWyCrzB2 system

  • Development and examination of natural-fibre-reinforced plastics

Working group 10: High-temperature processes

  • Kinetic processes and diffusion in solid bodies

  • Energy saving, CO2 emissions avoidance and resource preservation in the manufacture and use of (high-strength and ductile) high-manganese-content steels

  • Reduction of the CO2 load of mineral construction materials through the use of new cements, low-clinker concretes and the better grain size grading for space filling

  • Energy saving through the improvement of the reliability and service life of furnace blow moulds

  • Diffusion, speciation and solubility of sulphur in silicate melting

  • Process and test technique for ceramic components with improved safety and reliability

  • Numerical model for the simulation of composite casting processes

  • Development of a fuel database for conventional and oxyfuel firing systems

  • Chalk and limestone reactivation and dry adsorption behaviour of lime hydrate

Superordinate WG: "Modelling, identification and simulation"

  • Development of material models, which describe material behaviour with regard to mechanical, thermal and electrical phenomena and their coupling
  • Development and application of fundamental experimental trials on the developed materials and, building on this, model equations for the elasticity, plasticity, visco-elasticity and visco-plasticity, taking into account anisotropy, heterogeneity and thermomechanical, electrothermal and electromechanical coupling

  • Identification of the parameters that arise in the model equations within material parameter identification concept formation

  • Consideration of the model equations, for example in modern finite element software, in order to be able to produce structural calculations with new materials

 

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