ZMB - Centre for Metallic Design

 

Topic

Metallic materials process chain (construction part life cycle)

RWTH Aachen's faculties of civil engineering; mechanical engineering, and georesources and materials engineering have strong institutes that conduct research on metallic structural materials, particularly steels, and their application in various disciplines. The research tasks and the results expected by industrial partners require a growing amount of interdisciplinary collaboration beyond the individual subject disciplines. Consideration of the production, processing, and use of materials with direct relevance to practice is also required for teaching. For this reason, the corresponding institutes have come together to form the joint association "Centre for Metallic Design (zmb)" to work on the metallic component cycle based on the following order of steps:

Material/pre-product/construction component – benchmark – production process – component back-up – operation/repair - recycling

Research Goals

At the Centre for Metallic Design research, training, and information activities come together to find new steel solutions. In application-oriented research projects, the development, production, and testing of large components made of steel and steel alloys and the development of lightweight components for transportation engineering takes place within an interdisciplinary collaboration. During regular university and continued education courses, the solutions are presented and discussed with students from different subjects and professionals from current practice. Because of this research, demonstration, and communication center, it is possible to cover the entire component life cycle and attain synergetic effects.

Professorships Involved

Faculty of Civil Engineering - Faculty 3

Chair of Steel and Lightweight Construction and Institute for Steel Structure (STB)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Feldmann
STB

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Faculty 4

Welding and Joining Institute (ISF)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Reisgen
ISF

Surface Engineering Institute (IOT)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kirsten Bobzin
IOT

Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein
ika

Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering - Faculty 5

Department of Ferrous Metallurgy (IEHK)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Bleck
IEHK

Institute of Metal Forming (IBF)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hirt
IBF

Existing Infrastructure

900m² equipped hall space for working on the complete metallic component life cycle

Projects

  • Nachweis der Gleichwertigkeit bandverzinkter Holmprofile für Stahlschutzplanken
  • Dehnungsbasierte Bemessungskriterien für unbefeuerte Druckbehälter
  • Excellenzinitiative „Integrative Production Technology for high-wage countries“
  • Prozessorientierte Verfahrensentwicklung von photonischen Werkzeugen für das Kleben von Multi-Material-Leichtbaustrukturen im Automobil
  • Material Choice for Seismic Resistant Structures
  • Trockenumformung-Nachhaltige Produktion durch Trockenbearbeitung in der Umformtechnik
  • Untersuchung der Tragmechanismen neuartiger, kleinskaliger Pin-Verbundmittel zwischen Stahl und Beton
  • Sonderforschungsbereich „Präzision aus Schmelze“
  • Erweiterung des Werkstoffs- und Verarbeitungsspektrums im Windenergieanlagenbau durch konsistente Bauteilsicherheitsnachweise und schweißtechnische Prozessoptimierung
  • Hochlagenanforderungen an Stahl als AUBI-Ersatz

Contact

Website

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