Digital Materials Science
The research group of the Institute for Digital Materials Research (IDM) focuses on the development of new modelling and simulation techniques for application in computational materials science and the optimisation of concepts in production technology.
Topic areas considered are multiscale modelling of materials, derivation of microstructural and mechanical property correlations, simulation of microstructure formations, phase transformations in multiphase systems, polycrystalline grain structures, thermal and mass diffusion of multiple components, flow behaviour of fluids and elasticity.
Within the research work, an intensive network is being established with national and international partners who come from both industry and research institutes. For many years, there has been close cooperation with various institutes from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In addition to other joint research projects, there is particularly close cooperation in two major research projects: in the recently funded Research Training Group 1483 of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and in a competence centre based on Computational Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), which is financially supported by the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg.
The goal is to develop time- and cost-saving, highly efficient simulation methods to computationally produce new materials, to improve material properties, and to optimise and control manufacturing processes.