Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures

Top-level research for international visibility and performance

Welcome to Germany's first and only Federal Cluster of Excellence in the field of lightweight structures. Lightweight construction is a key technology of the future. Wherever masses have to be moved, the optimization of weight is a main focus in order to save raw materials and energy. Thus, it is the aim of the Cluster's research to merge basic technologies suitable for mass-production, comprising plastic, metal, textile and Smart Systems for the development of resource-efficient products and production processes. More than 100 researchers and technicians from a total of six interacting research domains are currently working on the implementation of this project, which is funded by the DFG with 31 million Euros in the period 1st November 2012 to 31st October 2017.


Guest Lecture: Software engineering methods for resource-efficient enterprise lifecycle management

The focus of the lecture is software-related project lifecycle optimization based on software engineering methods and tools.
The lecture presents a methodology, which allows resource-efficient production, specifically for the large-scale software products. The methodology is based on extracting high-level enterprise patterns and applying them to series of implementations.
The approach includes a new model, which extends the conventional spiral lifecycle by formal models for data representation and management, and domain specific language-based tools. Some of the application areas include oil-and-gas resource planning, airline dispatching, and nuclear power production.
The lecture compares certain software lifecycle models and examines the factors for resource-efficient systems development by means of adjustment to project size and scope.
The lecture outlines the ways to resource-efficient software-related project lifecycles, and suggests certain troubleshooting advises.


Date: 23rd November 2015

Time: 15:30 - 18:45 (including break)

Place: Technische Universität Chemnitz, Reichenhainer Straße 90, 2/N101

Speaker: Prof. Sergey Zykov, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moskau)

(Note: The lecture will be held in English)

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"MINTerested" Young Female Researchers United in Mechanical Engineering

The first "Women in Science & Engineering" conference was held at the pentahotel in Chemnitz from 29 to 30 October.

As there is still an under-representation of women in MINT studies, the Cluster of Excellence MERGE, together with the Collaborative Research Centres HALS and PT-PIESA and the Centre for Equal Opportunities, organised the "Women in Science & Engineering" conference for the female academic staff of the research networks and the female students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The event opened with a lecture by Professor Daisy Nestler. The Head of Department at the Chair for Composites held a speech on the topic of "Closely connected towards new solutions: Concepts for composite materials and material composites", offering the participants valuable insights into research and development tasks on metal, ceramic and polymer matrix composites, as well as hybrid material compounds. After that, the Managing Director Dr. Isabelle Roth introduced the young female scientists to the areas of activity and the issues of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE, located at the TU Chemnitz. The aim was not only to raise awareness of the variety of research fields in engineering, but also to provide an incentive to get involved in one of the research networks. Over the course of the day, the female academic staff received basic knowledge about scientific publishing in English; while the workshop "Academic Writing" provided them with tools for writing projects and dissertations. The communication trainer Susanne Westphal proved that the challenges faced when competing in a predominantly male domain can be overcome, going on during the evening to reveal some of the secrets of success of effective networking and negotiation. The excursions of the second day of the event to the engineering companies UNION Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH Chemnitz and ThyssenKrupp Presta Chemnitz GmbH set a possible course for the future.

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Inauguration of the MERGE manufacturing complex by KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH

On 2 October 2015, as part of the International MERGE Technologies Conference (IMTC) the MERGE manufacturing complex was inaugurated by the company KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH in the new MERGE Technology Centres for Lightweight Structures. Dr. Micaela Schönherr, Managing Director of KraussMaffei Group GmbH held a welcoming speech to greet the conference participants. Subsequently, Mr. Georg P. Holzinger, Vice President Technologies of KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH explained the technical refinements of the MERGE machine (Integrative Lightweight Manufacture Complex - ILCx). It represents the heart of the MERGE Technology Centre and serves as a production complex for the combined processing of plastic and metal-based materials, from which components of up to 1.5 m x 1.5 m are produced using the basic technologies of forming and injection moulding. Subsequently, guided tours were offered by the MERGE Technology Centre, where the visitors could get an overview of the existing and newly created technology park.

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International symposium in the competence field of lightweight "IMTC 2015" in Chemnitz

From 1 to 2 October 2015 the International MERGE Technologies Conference (IMTC) took place in the new auditorium of the Technischen Universität Chemnitz. Over 250 experts from science and industry discussed new developments and trends in lightweight construction. The conference dealt among other things with manufacturing technologies of fibre composite semi-finished products, metal and plastic compounds, interface themes, the use of renewable resources, the integration of sensors in fibre composites as well as the modelling and simulation of processes and components. In order to bundle the competences in the lightweight construction field, a joint session was developed in cooperation with other research clusters in Germany, such as the research campus OHLF (Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.) in Wolfsburg and the research campus ARENA 2036 (Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles) from Stuttgart. Keynote presentations by Audi AG and EDAG Engineering GmbH from the Industry Advisory Board of MERGE have revealed trends in the economic implementation of lightweight construction solutions in large-scale production. A trade fair with exhibitors from the partner companies of the Cluster of Excellence completed the symposium. On the second day, the MERGE manufacturing complex was inaugurated by the company KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH in the new MERGE Technology Centres for Lightweight Structures. Another highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the Best Paper and Best Poster Award during the evening event that took place in the newly established Saxon Museum of Industry Chemnitz. The Best Paper Award was awarded to Dr. Michael Hofmann for his contribution entitled “Efficient Simulation, Optimization, and Validation of Lightweight Structures”. The team of the Best Poster Award consisted of Marc Fleischmann, Tristan Timmel, Song Ren, Kay Schäfer, Stefan Schwanitz and Prof. Frank Helbig, whose poster entitled “Physiologically optimized lightweight car seat in Multi-Material Desig” convinced the jury. During the conference dinner visitors could also visit the newly opened exhibition at the Museum of Industry.

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Visit us! - Composites Europe 2015

From 22nd to 24th September 2015 you can find the Cluster of Excellence MERGE at Composites Europe. We have our presentation stand in Hall 5, stand D14.

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