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! JEC 2015

From 10 to 12 March 2015 you can visit the Cluster of Excellence MERGE at JEC Europe in Paris. MERGE presents itself together with the Endowed Chair "Textile Plastic Composites" (TU Chemnitz) and the SKL-Schwergewebekonfektion Lichtenstein GmbH. We look forward to your visit! You can find us at the joint booth “Saxony-live” in Hall 7/2 Stand G66. We look forward to your visit!

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Vivid transfer

On 10 February, 2015, scientists of the Federal Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technology for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” (MERGE) presented their latest research results as part of the second meeting of the Industrial Advisory Board.

Prof. Dr. Arnold van Zyl, Rector of the TU Chemnitz and Prof. Dr. Dirk Landgrebe, Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU welcomed the scientists of the Cluster and the numerous industry representatives with praising and motivating words, opening the event “MERGE Highlights” in the Virtual Reality Center of the Fraunhofer IWU. The keynote speeches highlighted the significance of innovative lightweight production technologies. The speakers were Prof. Dr. Axel Herrmann, CTC GmbH Stade, Airbus, on the topic of “Key technologies for high performance aircraft structures” and Prof. Dr. Thomas von Unwerth from the TU Chemnitz, on the subject "Novel pollution-free drive systems".

In addition to the lecture program of the second IAB meeting of the cluster, the focus was especially laid on the exhibition “MERGE Highlights”. The goal of the IAB meeting was to examine the latest research results and demonstrators and to develop a comprehensive overview of the actual needs of the economy. On five stations more than 50 scientists presented their work and preliminary research results focusing on: functional integration, in-line process and semi-finished technologies, structural integration and process technology and simulation. One stand was used solely for the Chemnitz-Car Concept, the MERGE system demonstrator, almost all sub-projects being involved in its development. Therefore, the student group Fortis Saxonia stood in focus with its developed lightweight vehicle Umicore EcoBee and the developed lightweight rim at MERGE.

The industry representatives praised the vivid presentation at the individual stations and the opportunity to get in touch with the staff and to discuss their research activities – an important step for the research transfer of the Cluster. University rector Prof. van Zyl, especially emphasized that MERGE is for many reasons a good example of vivid transfer: “It combines excellent scientists in many different research areas with innovative companies and secures our region, the Free State of Saxony and beyond the innovative drive that we need in international competition”.

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Visit us! Intec 2015

From 24 to 27 February 2015 you can visit the Cluster of Excellence MERGE at INTEC in Leipzig (Messe-Allee 1, 04356 Leipzig), hall 5 at stand B 21. We look forward to your visit!

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 ISINA: Interdisciplinary Symposium for Engineers and Scientists

The interdisciplinary symposium ISINA will be held for the second time at the TU Chemnitz from 11 to 12 March, 2015.

This event aims primarily at the technical and interdisciplinary exchange between the natural sciences and technical subjects. Innovative brainstorming, the development of creativity and denying new (research) paths are the focus of the technical exchange. In addition to experts from science, the symposium is aimed both at young scientists and students with the objective of setting the course for future careers in higher education, non-university institutions or in innovative companies. MERGE is participating with 2 technical papers in the symposium. (Young) scientists of the Cluster of Excellence are cordially invited to attend. For the programme and the registration as well as further information see ISINA.

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MERGE researchers attending 14th GAMM seminar on Microstructures

On January 16-17th, MERGE researchers from the Group of Numerical Mathematics (Partial Differential Equations) and the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology attended the 14th GAMM seminar on microstructures at the Universität Regensburg giving two lectures. This annual seminar focused on various aspects of microstructures in solid mechanics, material sciences and applied mathematics. Topics covered include modelling, analysis and homogenisation methods for the simulation of micro-heterogeneous materials and the determination of effective material properties. Such methods play an important role in the creation of accurate and computationally efficient models for the failure prediction of multifunctional lightweight structures. The seminar also serves as a platform for the interaction among young and senior researchers for the discussion and comparison of different findings.

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