Microstructures are responsible for the properties of raw materials and therefore for the properties of the resulting components which are produced. Microstructures are adjusted using different manufacturing steps. In use, they can change both positively and negatively. We uncover the relationships between the microstructure and the raw materials’ properties and use this information to gain optimized material properties - for example with regard to mechanical properties, long-term behavior, life expectancy, abrasive properties, corrosion properties, etc.). By using computer simulations, we can predict microstructures and assess them with regard to the reliability, safety and lifetime of components. Building on this, we develop concepts to design components and optimize manufacturing processes.
We measure and analyze the material's microstructures and determine the structural properties. To do so, we use:
We model and prepare predictions on the raw material’s microstructure. To do so, we calculate changes to structure in manufacturing processes and use programs such as Thermocalc, Dictra, Matcalc and Sysweld as well as our own codes.
We assess the raw material’s microstructure with regard to