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! 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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Submit your Abstract for the 2nd IMTC<br /> DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 28 FEBRUARY 2015

In expectation of a varied programme of lectures and poster presentations at the second IMTC from October 1 - 2, 2015, we would like to invite you to submit your abstracts until February 28, 2015.
Please see the call for papers on the following link:

You can find further information about the conference and the abstract templates on our conference web page

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Merry Christmas

A successful year 2014 comes to an end. We wish to thank you for your trust and the good cooperation and wish you a Merry Christmas and a good start into the year 2015.

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