Comprehensive forming process services via our diverse combination of experimentation, testing methodologies, many years’ experience in numerical simulation and expertise in material modeling.
We find and clarify the physical reasons for weak points in manufacturing processes, thus enabling our clients to avoid problems in the initial design phase. By identifying optimization potential in a given production process, we provide our clients the means to more accurately produce components while reducing faulty parts.
We focus upon describing forming processes, evaluating forming limits and predicting the development of relevant material properties within forming processes.
We describe interactions between the parts and components to be formed and forming tools while determining friction and wear.
Through our "Virtual Lab" we link the microstructures in materials with macroscopic material properties in order to simulate property changes during processing.
In cooperation with various other departments at the Fraunhofer IWM such as tribology, fatigue, joints and crash dynamics, we address target-oriented, far-reaching issues concerning sheet metal processing and forming.