The demand for shorter development times for new components and technical units requires accelerated and accurate determination of material properties. By combining experimental and numerical methods it is possible to reduce the number of time consuming experiments without loss of accuracy and reliability of the obtained data. In order to exploit the potential of materials in service an improved knowledge of their damage and failure behaviour is essential. For example, the utilization of new hybrid materials and components made from different classes of materials with joints between polymers and metals or in metallic-ceramic coating systems depends substantially on the reliability and accuracy of the lifetime assessment for service conditions. Higher reliability with simultaneously reduced effort can be only achieved with improved or new methods, which combine experimental testing, microscopic analyses, and physical modelling and simulation.
Research and development is carried out in close cooperation with the departments of the DLR Institutes of Materials Research and Structures and Design and with partners from industry, small and medium sized enterprises, research centers and universities.
Promotion of young researchers, Supervision of Bachelor-, Master- and PhD-work, advanced post-doctoral training