Combination of experiments and simulation
We are experts with much experience in the experimental identification, numerical modeling and computer simulation of material behavior under various loads. With this as a basis, we assess materials, components and systems extensively and develop measures that guarantee their functionality, reliability and optimize their ability to carry out their intended purpose.
Computer simulations along every stage of the process chain
We simulate material, component and system behavior in processes. This allows us to trace the development of material properties across multiple manufacturing stages so as to define the best possible component properties and the most economically efficient manufacturing processes. The experts at the Fraunhofer IWM have a firm basis in creating virtual replicas of every aspect of the process chain, which is critical to ensure a successful endeavor.
We develop multiscale models in order to determine material properties on the basis of internal structures. We can then virtually affect the structural development during production and create new virtual material functions and functional mechanisms. To replicate the virtual experimentation in a non-virtual manner (i.e., in the “real world”) would require a lengthy trial and error process that would be time consuming and cost inefficient.
We take an integral view of material, component and system development, manufacturing and operation, and identify the relevant parameters so as to analyze their behavior and seek opportunity for new component functions. This lays the foundation for the development of innovative manufacturing techniques, processes, testing concepts and products.