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.


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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Visit us! - Chemnitz Lightweight Innovations at Materialsweek in Dresden

From 14 to 17 September 2015 the Materialsweek will take place in Dresden. During the congress, innovative material developments and applications will be introduced through lectures and symposia, new findings will be presented and user problems discussed. In addition, an exhibition will be held.

At the Materialsweek, scientists of the Federal Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” (MERGE) of the TU Chemnitz presented among others exhibits of the Chair for Composites. These include hybrid laminates and hybrid sandwiches on a thermoplastic basis with integrated sensors. This combination of alternating layers of metal and fibre-reinforced plastic shows how the properties of semi-finished products can be improved through the intelligent combination of different materials: low weight, damage tolerance, fatigue behaviour. The material can be produced in a variety of combinations and can be thus customized for applications. Surface treatments provide a decorative surface. The thermoplastic matrix enables efficient suitability for the mass production of semi-finished products as well as formability and easy recycling at the end of the product lifecycle. By integrating sensors into the laminates, component structures can be monitored. This contributes in particular to safety. The Cluster of Excellence MERGE has its presentation stand in Hall 3, stand number 12.

Maik Trautmann, a researcher in the action field A, gives a lecture at the Werkstoffwoche on “Efficient tailor-made production of hybrid laminates”.

Prof. Dr. Nestler Daisy will speak more generally about complex solution concepts for innovative composite materials and material compounds and will also elaborate on the Cluster of Excellence MERGE.

Further presentations from Chemnitz:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lampke: Innovations through electrochemical surface technology

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wielage: Alternative layers of components through thermal spraying

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New Employee for IT

Since 1st August 2015, Rico Kritz has been supporting the team at the office in the field of software development and IT. As a trained IT specialist for application development, he has mainly worked as a  software developer for browser-based applications in the industrial sector.

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MERGE @ ICCE-23 2015

The “23rd Annual International Conference on Composites/Nano Engineering”, with a total of 560 scientific lectures, was held at the Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China from 12 to 18 July 2015. The ICCE-23 is an interdisciplinary engineering conference that brings together numerous researchers from different research areas in the field of composites. During this year’s event with up to five specific sessions, international scientists discussed new technologies and research topics in the field of Composites / Nano Engineering.

Alexander Hackert, a researcher at the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE presented as session chair the results of the work in the action field IRD-C1 with its contribution “Hybrid Sandwich Composites (HSC) with Porous Aluminum Core and Thermoplastic Fiber-Reinforced Composite Top Layers”. The focus was laid on the new technologies for the production of hybrid core composites and their production-ready application. Such multi-material construction methods are especially in the automotive lightweight construction of high interest, whereby the combination of thermoplastic fibre-reinforced composites with metal displays a special lightweight potential. The combination as a core composite in hybrid and composite construction was examined first on its suitability for series production and thereby verified as sandwich structure in large-scale production by a graded structure and a new manufacturing technology.

In another session, the scientists of the Department of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology, Colin Gerstenberger as session chair and Tomasz Osiecki, presented their current research work in the lectures “Load Adjusted Fiber Reinforced Polymer/Metal Joints In Cathodic Dip Paint Conditions” and “Thermoplastic Fiber Reinforced/Metal Hybrid Laminates for Structural Lightweight Applications”. The contents of the three lectures and the results of the investigations are also published in the international Elsevier Journal “Composites Part B: Engineering”.

Moreover, the participation in the ICCE-23 also provided the opportunity for scientific exchange with international scientists and with the Conference Chair and Director of the “Composite Material Research Laboratory” at the University of New Orleans, Professor David Hui and the Dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at the Praire View A&M University (Texas), Professor Kendall T. Harris. Thereby the prospects of an international cooperation in the field of science and teaching were discussed.

The visit and a tour of the “College of Mechanical Engineering” at the “Southwest Jiaotong University”, one of the oldest top universities in China, rounded off the stay in Chengdu, offering scientists a glimpse of university life in the Chinese metropolis.

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International Workshop on Biocomposites in Bangkok

The cooperation between the Technische Universität Chemnitz and the King Mongkut‘s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) exists for almost ten years now and serves mainly the training and exchange of scientists, lecturers and students, particularly in the field of engineering sciences. From July 13th to 15th representatives of the TU Chemnitz were hosted by the Sirindhorn International Thai German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS), an institution of the King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB).

As part of the jointly organised Thai-German Workshop “Natural Fiber Plastic Composites for Automotive Applications” the MERGE management board presented along with scientists from the field of biocomposites new technologies and developments in the field of fibre-plastic composites made from renewable resources. The MERGE representatives were accompanied by the Vice President of Krauss Maffei Group China and the Chairman of the MERGE Industrial Advisory Board, Georg P. Holzinger. Prof. Marek Tukiendorf, Member of the Excellence Council, also accompanied the delegation. Around 100 participants, including about 80 industrial representatives, attended the workshop. Overall, the event was very successful, thanks to the audience intensive discussions led to further collaborations. The scientific exchange was another focus of the workshop. For example, an intermediary review of a jointly supervised doctorate took place.

In the following days various regional businesses were visited. For example, the company Cobra International Co. Ltd., a large processor of carbon fibres for applications in surfboards, wind boards, stand-up boards as well as carbon automotive parts in the field of vision.

A continuation of the Thai-German Workshop next year was already confirmed by the invitation of the President of the KMUTNB, Prof. Teravuti Boonyasopon.

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