Funding Award for RWTH Researcher Christian Haase

18/03/2020

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Tne Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides 1.6 million euros in funding to establish a new research group.

 

The jury of the NanoMatFuture competition has now approved of the MatMA research project, which will be headed by RWTH researcher Dr. Christian Haase and deals with the “Design of Additively Manufactured High-performance Materials for the Automotive Industry.” The Ministry of Education and Research will now provide funding worth 1.6 million euros over the next five years.

The competition is part of the BMBF’s “From Material to Innovation” program, a component of Germany’s “Hi-Tech Strategy.” The aim is to support outstanding early-career researchers in the field of materials science and engineering and enable them to establish their own research group. Christian Haase is currently head of the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering Group at the RWTH Steel Institute.

Additive manufacturing technologies, also known as 3D printing, are currently revolutionizing the production of metallic components. Large-scale industrial application, however, requires the use of special alloys. To exploit this potential, a better understanding of production technologies and basic knowledge of microstructural processes are required.

The aim of the Aachen research group is to develop metallic high-performance materials for the laser-based additive manufacture of automotive components. The group is developing an approach to the agile design of materials which combines both computer-based and physical alloy screening processes. The approach shall enable the precise control of heterogeneities resulting from the additive manufacturing process, in particular heterogeneity distributions due to solidification segregation effects. In particular, such heterogeneities are to be used for a tailored adjustment of local mechanical properties. Segregation-based alloy and microstructure design represents a paradigm shift in the design of new materials for additive manufacturing.

Within this project, the Steel Institute closely collaborates with the RWTH Chair of Additive Production and the University’s Central Facility for Electron Microscopy.