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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.

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A Further Bridge Built Between Poland and Germany

The Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE is preparing together with partners from Opole and Wroclaw the "1st Polish-German Bridge Conference"

At the beginning of April 2016, when the "1st Polish-German Bridge Conference" takes place in Opole (Poland), the expertise of the Federal Cluster of Excellence "Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures" (MERGE) of the Technische Universität Chemnitz will be in high demand. Thus, the TU Chemnitz is very committed to the preparation and realisation of the conference. Against this background, a delegation of representatives of the Technical University of Opole and the City of Opole is arriving in Chemnitz on 26 January 2016 to learn more about the work and structure of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE. "This is a clear indication that the TU Chemnitz is increasingly being recommended as a competent network and transfer partner abroad", says Prof. Dr. Lothar Kroll, Head of the Department of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology at the TU Chemnitz and coordinator of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE. "I am currently experiencing in Poland a climate that shows the importance of the cooperation between Polish and German companies, between Polish and German universities and lastly between science and industry. Moreover, Polish universities and companies are oriented now more than ever in towards Europe - particularly in the context of research collaborations and in applying for funding", added the Professor, himself originally from Silesia and can therefore very well cooperate with partners in the neighbouring country.

Clusters such as the Chemnitz Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE serve as a role model for universities in Poland. "Thus, similar alliances have been and continue to be established between industry and research at the Technical University of Opole", said Kroll. The Rector of the TU Opole, Prof. Dr. Marek Tukiendorf, is therefore an active member of the Excellence Council of MERGE. In return, Prof. Kroll is providing support for the 1st Polish-German Bridge Conference to be held in Opole from 7 to 8 April, 2016, whose patronage the Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich and the Chairmen of the Voivodship Administrations of Opole and Wroclaw have taken over. The motto of the first conference day is “Politics and EU Strategies”, indicating the participation of numerous ministers and prime ministers of both countries. On the second day of the conference, renowned industry and research representatives will hold lectures on the topics of “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies” and “Advanced Materials and Systems”.

"The conference in Opole represents an important signaling effect, serving as a German-Polish bridge both between industry and research and between Saxony, Lower Silesia and Opole as well as a platform for the generation of joint projects - including at EU level," stated Kroll, who, as a scientist, not only works with bridges in lightweight construction but is also figuratively speaking a bridge-builder. This is evident for example in the Chemnitz Alliance Textile Lightweight Construction coordinated by Prof. Kroll, where university and non-university institutes cooperate closely with more than 350 small and medium enterprises. In the future such network structures will be developed even stronger than before in Poland; Prof. Kroll supports numerous partners in the neighbouring country - particularly in transnational projects. The internationalisation of the Cluster MERGE is mainly driven by the intensification and expansion of the existing close cooperation and contacts in the tri-border region formed by Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. With this concept, MERGE was successfully able to receive funding as one of only eleven chosen projects from a total of more than 100 submitted within the framework of the "Internationalisation of top-level clusters" funding measure of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. MERGE is also the only cluster of excellence (out of 43 in Germany) whose internationalisation is promoted in this way. "This will also strengthen the close cooperation of the TU Chemnitz to facilities in Poland, from joint research projects through student and scientist exchanges to conferences", concludes Kroll.

Homepage of the "1st Polish-German Bridge Conference" (including the greeting of the patron Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony): http://www.bridgeconference.eu

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Lothar Kroll, Phone 0371 531-23120, E-mail lothar.kroll@mb.tu-chemnitz.de and Dr. Jürgen Tröltzsch, Managing Director MERGE, Phone 0371 531-35665, E-mail juergen.troeltzsch@mb.tu-chemnitz.de.

Mario Steinebach
26.01.2016

Source: TU Chemnitz/Press Office

Photo: Scientists of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE presented new technologies to the delegation from Opole in the MERGE research halls. Photo: Mario Steinebach

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A truly successful bridge builder

As a scientist, he not only works with bridges in lightweight construction but is also figuratively speaking a bridge-builder. We are talking about Prof. Dr. Lothar Kroll, Head of the Department of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology at the Technische Universität Chemnitz and Coordinator of the Federal Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” (MERGE). The Wroclaw University of Technology honoured him on November 15th, 2015 with the title of “honorowego profesora” (honorary professor) for the many successful bridges he has established between Poland and Germany. The Polish University honours hereby a unique connection of science with regional economy, which Prof. Kroll has managed excellently for more than 20 years – transnationally as well.

This is evident for example in the Chemnitz Alliance Textile Lightweight Construction coordinated by Prof. Kroll, where university and non-university institutes cooperate closely with more than 350 small and medium enterprises. In the future such network structures will be developed even stronger than before in Poland; Prof. Kroll supports numerous partners in the neighbouring country - particularly in transnational projects. The internationalisation of the Cluster MERGE is mainly driven by the intensification and expansion of the existing close cooperation and contacts in the tri-border region formed by Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. With this concept, MERGE was successfully able to receive funding as one of only eleven chosen projects from a total of more than 100 submitted within the framework of the "Internationalisation of top-level clusters" funding measure of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. MERGE is also the only cluster of excellence (out of 43 in Germany) whose internationalisation is promoted in this way.

Clusters such as the Chemnitz Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE serve as a role model for universities in Poland. Thus, similar alliances have been and continue to be established between industry and research at the Technical University of Opole. The Rector of the TU Opole is therefore an active member of the Excellence Council of MERGE. In return, Prof. Kroll is providing support for the 1st Polish-German Bridge Conference to be held in Opole from April 7th through 8th, 2016, whose patronage the Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich has gladly taken over. The motto of the first conference day is “Politics and EU Strategies”, indicating the participation of numerous ministers and prime ministers of both countries. On the second day of the conference, renowned industry and research representatives will hold lectures on the topics of “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies” and “Advanced Materials and Systems”. The conference serves as a German-Polish bridge built both between industry and research as well as between the states of Saxony, Lower Silesia and Opole and provides a platform for the generation of joint projects at EU level.

This is a clear indication that the TU Chemnitz is increasingly being recommended as a competent network and transfer partner abroad. “I am currently experiencing in Poland a climate that shows the importance of cooperation between Polish and German companies, between Polish and German universities and lastly between science and economy. In addition, Polish universities and companies are oriented now more than ever towards Europe - particularly in the context of research collaborations”, says Kroll, who gladly contributes his expertise. The awarding of the title of “honorowego profesora”, as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the TU Wroclaw, represents for him a commitment.

Personal data: Prof. Dr. Lothar Kroll

Lothar Kroll was born in Glogowek (Poland, earlier Oberglogau) on April 9, 1959. Since more than two thirds of the population of his home town in Upper Silesia at that time were German, he grew up multiculturally and multilingually. Therefore, a trusting relationship on an equal footing with both foreign colleagues and scientists as well as industrial partners has always come naturally. In 1981, while Poland was in a state of war, Prof. Kroll emigrated to Germany.

He studied at the Technical University of Opole (Poland) and the TU Clausthal in the field of automotive technology and mechanical engineering. He received his doctorate at the Institute of Applied Mechanics of the Technical University of Clausthal in 1992. In addition to a vast number of publications, patents and lectureships, Kroll has been a senior scientist at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology at the TU Dresden since 2000. During this time, he was involved in teaching and was responsible for the support of foreign students and scholars, particularly from Poland and the Czech Republic. Already, his Silesian origins led to the formation of numerous collaborations with the Technical Universities in Wroc?aw, Opole and Gliwice, which he continues to cultivate and intensify even to this day. Shortly after his habilitation at the end of 2005, he was awarded the Venia Legendi by the TU Dresden.

On June 1st, 2006 he was appointed to Head of the Department of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology at the TU Chemnitz. Since December 2007, he has been the Director of the Cetex Institut für Textil- und Verarbeitungsmaschinen gemeinnützige GmbH, an affiliated institute of the TU Chemnitz. He founded the Alliance Textile Lightweight Construction (ATL) in Chemnitz in April 2010 and in November 2012 he became the coordinator of the Federal Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” (MERGE), established at the TU, receiving 34 million Euros in funding through 2017. He has also served as Dean of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since March 2013. Since June of the same year, Prof. Kroll has been the Head of the Fraunhofer Kunststoffzentrum Oberlausitz and the Research Centre Wolfsburg at the Fraunhofer IWU. In May 2015, the Saxon Landtag expressed its support for the Fraunhofer Research Centre STEX (Systems and Technologies for Textile Structures), which began work under his direction in September 2015.

Detailed professional career: https://www.leichtbau.tu-chemnitz.de/leitung.php#werdegang

 

Source: TU Chemnitz/Press Office

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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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