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The main research idea of the Research Training Group is to devise simulation methods for the description, evaluation and optimisation of component conditions in interlinked manufacturing processes and have them verified by means of experimental studies. This places the focus of research mainly on process chains ranging from semi-finished to finished components as opposed to previous research, which was mainly centred on process chains from the liquid phase to the semi-finished part.

 
 

Bild 1. Forschungsansatz des Graduiertenkollegs

The consistent combination of process and material modelling accompanied by the use of state-of-the-art methods of experimental process analysis and micro-structural and mechanical component characterisation is expected to yield major advances in engineering with a high potential for industrial application. Figure 1 illustrates the general approach of the Research Training Group. Process chains covering the transition from the semi-finished part to the finished component are modelled in all relevant process steps in laboratory experiments. The respective simulation chain is built up in parallel. For experiment and simulation to match, the evolution of the condition of the finished part or the component, respectively, is experimentally characterised. The complexity and dimension of the research issues at hand do not only render any attempts to model all possible process chains impossible. They make it an idle effort to begin with. Scientific excellence is accomplished by deliberately and exclusively concentrating on processes, materials and types of components for which there already is a broad basis of outstanding research skills and expertise among project applicants, and it is achieved by combining well-established basic processes and novel procedures promising great potential that are primarily developed by the project applicants or the associated members of the Research Training Group. The research programme comprises three topic areas: