The group is concerned with the design of advanced structural materials along with the respective synthesis and processing routes and techniques. The focus lies on steels with superior physical and mechanical properties.
The M&D research group is defined through two correlated tasks: on the one hand, we aim at understanding microstructure formation mechanisms and the relation between microstructures and properties of materials by investigations on the microscopic level. To this aim we develop or advance, on the other hand, microscopy and diffraction techniques. Currently the focus lies on techniques in the scanning electron microscope, in particular on the electron diffraction techniques (EBSD, 3D EBSD, XR-EBSD, ECCI). [more]
The group 'Therory and Simulation' develops constitutive models for advanced materials such as high strength steels. As the mechanical properties are of main interest crystal plasticity modelling  builds the core of the activities. For this purpose a number of constitutive models have been developed in the last 15 years. These models cover the full range from phenomenological descriptions to physics based formulations of dislocation slip and other deformation mechanisms such as twinning induced plasticity (TWIP) and displacive transformations (TRIP). To facilitate the implementation of the models the Düsseldorf Advanced MAterial Simulation Kit (DAMASK, ) has been developed.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly maturing technology capable of producing highly complex parts directly from a computer file and raw material powders. Its disruptive potential lies in its ability to manufacture customised products with individualisation, complexity and weight reduction for free. The purpose of this group is to understand the impact of this manufacturing process on the micro- and nanostructures of the employed alloys as well as to develop metallic materials suitable for and exploiting the unique characteristics of AM.
The goal of our group is to develop novel high-entropy alloys (HEAs) with exceptional mechanical, physical and chemical properties based on the understanding of their structure-properties relations. [more]
From bearings, over rails, to tooth or hip implants – the number of examples where materials are exposed to mechanical contact loads is as countless as the number of materials used under such conditions. The materials science of mechanical contacts is versatile and challenging. The loads decay with distance from the surface and with that the amount of plastic deformation. They can generate short but significant local increments in temperature.