Highest precision in the manufacturing process in preferably simple process chains with a low number of process steps – that’s one of the main demands made by manufacturing companies that seek to maintain and expand stable and sustainable production in high-wage countries such as Germany at competitive costs.
The Collaborative Research Center addresses these research topics with the aim to give a comprehensive description of melt-based manufacturing technologies such as casting, injection molding, welding, cutting, additive manufacturing and melt based coating.
For these processes, in which the material is at least temporarily in a liquid phase, a multi-scale description of the involved physical and material based processes will be developed, so as to increase part precision by at least one order of magnitude.
The central research questions the Collaborative Research Center seeks to answer can be put as follows:
- What physical effects and processes influence melt and solidification processes and how do these processes interact concerning achievable component precision?
- How can these processes be selectively and predictively modulated to increase component precision?
The main result of the proposed collaborative research center is multi-scale control of melt-based manufacturing processes from melt formation through melt flow properties and melt solidification as a prerequisite for an increased precision in the production of melt-engineered components.