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April 26th 2019 | Digitization and Networking in Stuttgart
  • Photo: Jeannette Boll
  • Photo: Dr. Thoralf Gerstmann
  • Photo: Ralf Kopp | prostep ivip Verein
  • Photo: Ralf Kopp | prostep ivip Verein

For the 22nd time, the prostep ivip Symposium 2019, one of the largest independent conferences on PLM and digital transformation, took place at the ICS in Stuttgart on April 9th and 10th, 2019. In numerous keynotes, lectures and workshops the participants were able to learn more about the topic "Collaboration in the Age of Smart Products and Services". In addition to the special sessions, the additional exhibition with over 40 booths served visitors to inform themselves casually and network with other experts.
In addition to participating in the symposium, Prof. Birgit Awiszus, Dr. Thoralf Gerstmann and Jeannette Boll presented the research association Smart Engineering e.V. with a booth in the exhibition. In numerous discussions, information about the work of the research association was provided and new interested parties were won for the association.

April 16th 2019 | Successfull Ph.D. thesis
  • Photo: Dr. Carolin Binotsch
  • After a successful defended Ph.D. thesis (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Thomas Bergs (Chair of Manufacturing Technology at WZL/RWTH Aachen), Michael Hirsch (PROFIROLL TECHNOLOGIES GMBH), Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (Professorship Virtual Production Engineering/TUC), Prof. Dr. Sophie Gröger (Professorship Production Metrology/TUC) | Photo: Dr. Carolin Binotsch

Michael Hirsch from PROFIROLL TECHNOLOGIES GMBH successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on April 2nd, 2019, on the topic "Analysis of the systematic geometric deviation during profile cross rolling of screw profiles". His supervisor Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (Professorship Virtual Manufacturing Technology/TUC) gave advice with technical questions.
The aim of the Ph.D. thesis was to determine and analyze the complex three-dimensional geometric deviation that occurs during profile cross rolling of worm gears and is mainly represented as flank line shape deviation. Furthermore, it was necessary to generate corresponding solutions for compensation. A newly developed mathematical model for predicting the shape deviations now makes it possible to counteract the causes and minimize the deviations.
The examination committee rated the work presented as "magna cum laude" as a very good achievement. We congratulate Dr.-Ing. Michael Hirsch on his successfully completed doctorate.

March 28th 2019 | SAXSIM 2019
  • Image: Professur Montage- und Handhabungstechnik

On March 26th 2019 the 11th SAXSIM - Saxon Simulation Meeting took place at the TU Chemnitz. The user meeting offered a network of analytical and CAD-oriented applications, simulations and optimizations. In addition, the participants could inform themselves comprehensively in presentations on current topics of numerical simulation. The employees of the Professorship Virtual Production Engineering also contributed to the conference. Dr.-Ing. Thoralf Gerstmann presented the topic "Hybrid Joining: Numerical Process Development of Flat Clinch Bonding" and Mr. Stephan Lüder presented a contribution to "Methods and Challenges in Numerical Simulation of Selective Laser Melting (SLM)". Dr.-Ing. Marcel Graf and Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Härtel led in several sessions as chairmen through the program.

March 25th 2019 | MEFORM 2019 in Freiberg
  • Image: Robert Laue
  • Photo: TU Bergakademie Freiberg

The TU Bergakademie Freiberg hosted the international conference for forming technology (MEFORM) from 19. to 21. of March. More than eighty participants from research and industry, including visitors from eight European countries and Central America, were guests at the annual conference of the Institute of Metal Forming. The focus of the conference was on "Simulation-based technology development for material forming".
Robert Laue from the Professorship Virtual Production Engineering presented current research results on the development of the incremental sheet metal forming process: radial-rotation profile forming. His presentation entitled "Approach for the development of forming tools for Radial Rotation Profile-Forming" focused on the numerically supported development of forming tools and experimental validation. Further information on the lecture can be found in the article of the same name at www.scientific.net/MSF.949.125.

March 18th 2019 | Best Paper Award at the 21st Materials Technology Colloquium
  • Photo: Jörg Riethausen

At this year's Materials Technology Colloquium, which was hosted by the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering at the TU Chemnitz on March 6th and 07th,2019, our Dr.-Ing. Marcel Graf received the prize for the best conference contribution.
After detailed examination, the jury selected his paper "Study on determination of flow behaviour of 6060-aluminium and AZ31-magnesium thin sheet by means of stacked compression test" with co-authors from the Institute for Metal Forming of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg as "Best Paper". It compared different methods for material characterisation using the example of an aluminium alloy EN AW-6060 and a magnesium alloy TRC-AZ31 in order to generate material data for numerical simulation. Like all contributions to the conference, this article will be published in the conference series "IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering" (https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/1757-899X/480/1).
Congratulations on the Best Paper Award!

March 12th 2019 | HZwo at the FC EXPO in Japan

From February 27th to March 1st, 2019 the FC EXPO, the world's largest trade fair for hydrogen and fuel cells, took place at the Tokyo Big Sight in Japan. Mr. Alexander Bauer from the Professorship Virtual Production Engineering also took part in the fair as a project member of the Saxon innovation cluster for fuel cells and hydrogen "HZwo - Antrieb für Sachsen".
Further information: @HZwo_Sachsen

Januar 18th 2019 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
February 27th 2017 | Information day "Smart Engineering" - A successful event with lively discussions
  • photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Opening of the information day "Smart Engineering" by Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (Professorship Virtual Production Engineering Chemnitz University of Technology and board of the research association Smart Engineering e.V.) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus and Rachel Bauer (ProSTEP iViP) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Dr. Christian Tschirner (head of the department of Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design (IEM)) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Dr. Christian Tschirner (head of the department of Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design (IEM)) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Andreas Faath (employee of TU Darmstadt in the Department of Computer Integrated Design, representative on behalf of Prof. Dr. Reiner Anderl) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Andreas Faath (employee of TU Darmstadt in the Department of Computer Integrated Design, representative on behalf of Prof. Dr. Reiner Anderl) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Stark (manager of the business segment Virtual Product Creation of Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK)) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Stark (manager of the business segment Virtual Product Creation of Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK)) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Dr. Marcus Krastel (:em engineering methods AG and board of the research association Smart Engineering e.V.) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Dr. Marcus Krastel (:em engineering methods AG and board of the research association Smart Engineering e.V.) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Lively discussions at the World Café | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Lively discussions at the World Café | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Lively discussions at the World Café | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Mechlinski (Laboratory for Product Data Management at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and board of the research association Smart Engineering e.V.) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V.""
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Mechlinski (Laboratory for Product Data Management at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and board of the research association Smart Engineering e.V.) | photo: research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V."

The first information day "Smart Engineering" took place in Darmstadt on February 14th, 2017 and was a complete success. 36 participants accepted the invitation of the research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V." and participated in the event. Among the participants were experts and scientists of several colleges, universities and research institutes as well as of IT companies and users from the industry within the field of PDM/PLM, virtual product development and digitalization. Purpose of the information day was to inform about latest problems of the topics smart engineering, industry 4.0 and engineering in the product life cycle as well as to provide a forum for discussions and communication.

Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (Professorship Virtual Production Engineering Chemnitz University of Technology and board of the research association Smart Engineering e.V.) initiated the information day and guided the participants through the event. The keynote speakers were Dr. Christian Tschirner, head of the department of Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design, Andreas Faath, employee of TU Darmstadt in the Department of Computer Integrated Design, and Prof. Dr. Rainer Stark, manager of the business segment Virtual Product Creation of Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology.

Afterwards, Dr. Marcus Krastel (:em engineering methods AG and board of the research association Smart Engineering e.V.) reported explicitly about the research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V.". He presented the latest activities, the achievements so far, the close collaboration with the ProSTEP iViP association as well as the various possibilities to become active as a member of the research association.

The further development of research fields was another issue discussed as part of the following World Café. Thereby, the expectations of the participants towards the research association, current research activities and the further need for research within the field of smart engineering was discussed intensively.

Finally, Prof. Dr. Thomas Mechlinski (Laboratory for Product Data Management at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and board of the research association Smart Engineering e.V.) spoke about future activities of the research association and presented in cooperation with Dr. Krastel and Prof. Awiszus a first résumé of the World Café.

Due to the consistently positive feedback of the participants, the research association plans a regular repetition of similar events. The "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V." gives special thanks to all participants for the lively discussions and to the ProSTEP iViP association for the consultative support. Both factors contributed to the success of the information day.

The research association "Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V." remains open for interested members. We are looking forward to your participation!

More information: www.fv-smartengineering.org

February 7th 2017 | Press Release of the IUNO (National Reference Project on IT Security in Industry 4.0)

Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus elected to the advisory board of the IUNO consortium

On February 2nd 2017 the newly formed advisory board met for the first constituent meeting

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September 20th 2016 | Successfull Ph.D. thesis
  • After a successful defended Ph.D. thesis (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (TUC); Prof. Dr. Bernd-Arno Behrens (Leibniz Universität Hannover); Dr.-Ing. Thoralf Gerstmann und Prof. Dr. Sophie Gröger (TUC).

On August 18th 2016 Mr. Thoralf Gerstmann defended with distinction his Ph.D. thesis on the topic of "Enhancement of the process limitations of flat-clinching". Within the context of the thesis he developed new process variations by the help of numerical and experimental investigations. The variations are called "flat-clinching with a complementary joining element" and "adhesive flat-clinching".
Flat-clinching with a complementary joining element increases the joint strength significantly by inserting a complementary joining element into the joint. This causes an enlargement of the interlocking, leading to a higher resistance to cross tension loads. Moreover the joint is stabilized by the additional material and the resistance to shear load is improved. The second process variation, adhesive flat-clinching, includes the combination of flat-clinching and adhesive bonding. The metal sheets are fixed by flat-clinching and the final joint strength is achieved after the complete curing of the adhesive. This enables a continuous processing of the component and therefore, the process time can be shortened.
The presented Ph.D. thesis was valued as outstanding work by the board of examiners and achieved the grade "summa cum laude". We congratulate Dr.-Ing. Thoralf Gerstmann on his outstanding thesis.

June 3rd 2016 | Successfull Ph.D. thesis
  • After a successful defended Ph.D. thesis (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (TUC), Lena Maaß, Prof. Dr. Martin Rambke (Hochschule Ostfalia), Prof. Dr. Bernd Platzer (TUC) and Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Kffr. Susanne Bolick (TUC)

On May 20th 2016 Mrs. Lena Maaß successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on the topic of "Strategic integration of forming simulations into the development process chain of car bodies". Her thesis considered the integration of forming simulations into the process chain of car body development. Moreover a data transfer between the simulation programs of the process chain "forming - joining - crash" was realised.
As part of the thesis a method for designing an addendum was developed. This proved that the simulation results of the inverse simulation, relating to sheet metal thickness and plastic strain, can be significantly approximated to the results of the incremental reference simulation by the help of an addendum. The developed method makes a high contribution towards the increase of quality of the subsequent process simulations within the process chain.
We congratulate Mrs. Dr. Maaß on her successful PhD!

April 15th 2016 | Interdisciplinary networking of female scientists within the field of MINT | Blog entry MERGE

From March 14th to 15th 2016 the third Interdisciplinary Symposium for female Engineers and Natural Scientists (ISINA) took place at the Technische Universität Chemnitz. The symposium served as a platform for nearly 70 participants for interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and exchange of different topics within the field of MINT.

On two days, experts from science and economy gave talks on latest topics within their field of science and research. In this context Jeannette Boll, Anja Rautenstrauch and Christina Symmank presented their main research results on the topic "Multi-criteria evaluation of process chains for the resource-efficient manufacturing of hybrid structures". Apart from the presentation of the evaluation method MEMPHIS, which is a basis for analyzing and evaluating production process chains in the field of hybrid structures with regard to energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness and robustness, a brief excursus on the positive and fascinating aspects of working as a scientist in the technical field was given to the audience.Furthermore, with a short speech Anja Bochmann gave insights into the different fields of research within the Cluster of Excellence MERGE.

June 16th 2015 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Auszeichnung fr wissenschaftliche Verffentlichung mit hoher Praxisrelevanz fr die industrielle Anwendung
Ehrungen Auszeichnung für wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichung mit hoher Praxisrelevanz für die industrielle Anwendung
Professuren Konstruktionslehre und Virtuelle Fertigungstechnik der TU Chemnitz erhalten "Simufact Scientific Publication Award 2015"
31. März 2015 | 2nd place at "Jugend forscht"

On November 6, 2015 Henriette Kunze a student of "Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff" school in Chemnitz was honored within the contest "Jugend forscht" which is organized by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Chemnitz annually. With her assignment about the application of computer-aided design and simulation methods she won the second place.

Within the field of mechanical and production engineering, a lot of new techniques and methods established in the last decades which were not imaginable before. In her assignment Mrs. Kunze investigates the newest developments by comparing historical design technology to computer-aided techniques which are nowadays used in the field of mechanical engineering. On the basis of her own construction example she was able to demonstrate the huge variety of possible applications for virtual technologies.

Henriette Kunze started her investigation on modern computer-aided design methods in summer 2009 (student of 9th grade) during an internship at the Department of Virtual Product Engineering. In the context of this internship she acquired the basic knowledge for operating with CAD systems which she reinforced by studying on her own after the internship. As a result of her constant self-studying she succeeded in modelling parts and assemblies in three-dimensional space.

During the work on her assignment Mrs. Kunze was supported by Dr. Elke Bombach and Dr. Andreas Feuerhack - both employees at the Department of Virtual Product Engineering.

December 2nd 2014 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Ausgezeichnete Forschungsarbeit
Ehrungen Ausgezeichnete Forschungsarbeit
Maschinenbauer der TU Chemnitz erhielten für ihre Forschung zur Kombination von Reib- und Formschluss den Best Paper Award der International Conference on Technology of Plasticity
May 23rd 2014 | Excellent Ph.D.
  • After a successful defended Ph.D. thesis (from left to right): Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erhard Leidich (TUC), Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Erman Tekkaya (TU Dortmund), Dr.-Ing. Andreas Feuerhack und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Awiszus (TUC)

Andreas Feuerhack defended his Ph.D. thesis with the title "Experimental and numerical analysis of Al-Mg compounds by compound forging" successfully on May 23rd 2014. Content of the work was the formability of hybrid Al-Mg compounds. Based on experimental analyses of the fundamental forming processes (upsetting, spreading and uprising) a load direction dependency of the formability of hybrid Al-Mg compounds was proofed. To visualize critical areas of the interface damage in the numerical simulation a macro-mechanical damage model was developed. In a very good presentation, the audience was able to learn more about possible optimization strategies, such as the modification of the sleeve-core ratio and the specific application of eccentricity in addition to the substantive content of the thesis.
We congratulate Dr.-Ing. Andreas Feuerhack to his successful PhD and we wish him the best for the future!

April 29th 2014 | Euro Hybrid Materials and Structures 2014 | Blog entry MERGE

MERGE researchers and scientists from TU Chemnitz attended the "Euro Hybrid Materials and Structures 2014" from April 10 to 11, 2014 in Stade. The lectures focused on basics of hybrid materials and structures, characterization, material behavior during processing, design of hybrid structures and recycling as well as repair and maintenance. Participants of the Cluster of Excellence MERGE presented latest research results from IRD A1 (Sebastian Arnold), IRD A3 (Claudia Friederichs), IRD B2 (André Albert), IRD B4 (Jeannette Katzenberger) and IRD E1 (Alexandra Yulinova). The scientists led discussions about high-performance hybrid laminates and special applications in Lightweight Structures to establish new contacts and form interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral networks. For more information about the conference please visit the website: http://www.dgm.de/dgm/hybrid/

April 7th 2014 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Es gibt viele Wege, Technologien und Arbeitsablufe zu verbessern
Forschung
Es gibt viele Wege, Technologien und Arbeitsabläufe zu verbessern
Hannover Messe: Wissenschaftler der TU Chemnitz präsentieren vom 7. bis 11. April 2014 aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse auf dem mitteldeutschen Gemeinschaftsstand "Forschung für die Zukunft"
April 3rd 2014 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Schlerinnen auf dem Weg in die Wissenschaft
Ehrungen
Schülerinnen auf dem Weg in die Wissenschaft
TU Chemnitz zeichnete am 3. April 2014 erstmalig drei talentierte Nachwuchsforscherinnen für ihre hervorragenden "Besondere Lernleistungen" in den MINT-Fächern mit dem "BeLL-PRIX" aus
January 29th 2014 | Successfull Ph.D. thesis
  • After a successful defended Ph.D. thesis (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Michael Gehde (TUC), Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kleditzsch , Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (TUC) und Prof. Dr. Peter Groche (TU-Darmstadt)

The quickly and accurately analysis of flow forming processes as well as its evaluation was the aim of the Ph.D. thesis by Stefan Kleditzsch "Beitrag zur Modellierung und Simulation von Zylinderdrückwalzprozessen mit elementaren Methoden". The incremental forming process flow forming is characterized by a complex kinematics, small contact areas and from numerical point of view with a large computation time. By applying methodical and systematic analysis of the process specifics of flow forming the analytical tools FloSim and ModIni were improved by implementing an advanced geometry model as well as a new temperature model. The very good presentation of the extensive results gave the audience an insight of flow forming and the complex mathematical approaches to describe the forming process.
We congratulate Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kleditzsch to its successful PhD and we wish him and his short while ago extended family the best for the future!

January 29th 2014 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Der Bogen vom Maschinenbau in die IT-Technik
Personalia
Der Bogen vom Maschinenbau in die IT-Technik
Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus übernimmt den Vorsitz der Kommission für IT-Infrastruktur der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft
January 14th 2014 | Successfully completed Ph.D. thesis
  • After a successful defended Ph.D. thesis (from left to right):: Prof. Dr. Peter Mayr (TUC), Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Pinner, Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (TUC) und Prof. Dr. Martin Rambke (Hochschule Ostfalia)

On January 14th 2014 Mr. Sebastian Pinner, employee of Volkswagen AG, defended his Ph.D. with the title "Untersuchung von Methoden zur durchgängigen Prozesskettensimulation im Karosseriebau" successfully. The work was part of the research project VIPROF, which was funded by the BMBF within the framework concept "Research for Tomorrow's Production", and deals with the continuous simulation of the manufacturing processes forming, joining, painting and crash. Based on the studies on the influence of the production history on the product features and on connecting FEM systems with each other and with a PDM system, a guideline for the use of this process chain simulation concept in the automotive industry had been developed.
We congratulate Dr. Pinner most sincerely on his successful accomplishment!

June 6th 2013 | Press release from newspaper | Freie Presse
April 8th 2013 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Maschinenbauprofessorin auf den Spuren zukünftiger IT-Trends
Internationales
Maschinenbauprofessorin auf den Spuren zukünftiger IT-Trends
Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus reiste mit einer Study-Tour der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft zu hochkarätigen Forschungsinstituten der Informationstechnologie in den USA
March 25th 2013 | Successful presentation at the INTEC

The Chair of Virtual Production Engineering presented its research activities from February 26st to March 1st 2013, represented by Andreas Feuerhack, Thoralf Gerstmann, Stefan Kleditzsch and Matthias Schuffenhauer, at the INTEC in Leipzig. The visitors could discover the research results in the field of numerical simulation and forming through the so-called "ViF-Automobile" at the exhibition stand "Forschung für die Zukunft".

February 22nd 2013 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Anfassen erwünscht: Das Auto für Entdecker
Forschung
Anfassen erwünscht: Das Auto für Entdecker
Professur Virtuelle Fertigungstechnik vereint vom 26. Februar bis 1. März 2013 auf der INTEC in Leipzig viele Forschungsergebnisse in einem einzigartigen Modellauto
February 7th 2013 | Excellent "non-circular" Ph.D.
  • After a successful defended Ph.D. thesis (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Bernd-Arno Behrens, Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Härtel, Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus und Prof. Dr. Egon Müller

On February 7th 2013 Mr. Sebastian Härtel defended his Ph.D. thesis with the title "Experimental and numerical investigations for developing non-circular spinning" successfully. In his presentation, Mr. Härtel did not only show his specialized knowledge but also gave a better understanding of the topic even to the non-specialist audience by using visual and tangible illustrative material.
The examination committee chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egon Müller evaluated the presented work as an excellent achievement with the grade "summa cum laude". We congratulate Dr. Härtel to this successful accomplishment!

January 9th 2013 | A "pattern based" Ph.D.
  • After a successful defended Ph.D. thesis (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Michael Gehde (chairman, TUC), Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus (reviewer, TUC), Dr.-Ing. Dominik Rohrmus und Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab (reviewer, TU München)

On January 9th 2013 Mr. Dominik Rohrmus, employee of Siemens AG, defended his Ph.D. thesis with the title "Adaptive invariant features for texture classification". The thesis dealt with the development of a method for the extraction and classification of position-invariant texture features from digital greyscale camera images. This method is used for a flexible (in terms of product variants), reproducible and rapid texture analysis for the automatic inspection of the surface quality of industrially manufactured products.
We congratulate Dr. Rohrmus most sincerely to this successful accomplishment!!

November 6th 2012 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Exzellenzcluster "MERGE" offiziell gestartet
Forschung
Exzellenzcluster "MERGE" offiziell gestartet
Wissenschaftler aus sechs Fakultäten der TU Chemnitz forschen in den kommenden fünf Jahren, um getrennte Fertigungsprozesse bei der Verarbeitung unterschiedlicher Werkstoffgruppen zusammenzuführen
October 24th 2012 | New Multimedia Educational System for computer lab B501

Coinciding with the beginning of the winter semester 2012/13, the multimedia educational system with digital screen transmission "alphadidact DVI" was put into operation in the computer lab B501 of the Chair of Virtual Production Engineering. Using the new system, computer-aided courses (e.g. "Product Data Technology" or "Simulation in Forming Technology") can be designed more vividly. It gives the tutor the possibility to transmit additional information to the students workstations while giving a presentation. Furthermore, in case of problems, students can be attended individually or in groups. The educational system, funded by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, improves the quality of the offered courses significantly.

September 18th 2012 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Als Team ausschlaggebend für den Erfolg
Forschung
Als Team ausschlaggebend für den Erfolg
Am 17. September 2012 trafen sich die beteiligten Wissenschaftler des Bundesexzellenzclusters MERGE zur Informationsveranstaltung - offizielle Auftaktveranstaltung am 16. November
June 25th 2012 | ViF also performing excellent research

After many months of waiting, on June 15th 2012 it was announced which projects will be funded in the second phase of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments. After a stressful application process the Technical University of Chemnitz reached the final round with the Clusters of Excellence "MERGE - Fusion technology for multi-functional lightweight structures". Thus, the joy was enormous, when the approval of the application of the Clusters of Excellence was announced in a press conference by the DFG (German Research Foundation) at 15:30 p.m.
The Chair of Virtual Production Engineering (ViF) is involved in one sub-project of this Clusters of Excellence and is responsible for the "Networking Area" of MERGE. ViF is very pleased about this extraordinary success, and the related further strengthening of Chemnitz as a science and research location.

Further information: (available in German only)

"Exzellenz und Relevanz sind unser Markenzeichen"
Forschung
"Exzellenz und Relevanz sind unser Markenzeichen"
TU Chemnitz wird im Rahmen der Exzellenzinitiative von 2012 bis 2017 mehrfach gefördert - Wichtige Zukunftsthemen im Leichtbau und in der Halbleitertechnologie können nun in Angriff genommen werden
June 13th 2012 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Gutachter und Strategen der Forschung
Forschung
Gutachter und Strategen der Forschung
Drei Professoren der TU Chemnitz arbeiten derzeit ehrenamtlich in einem der 48 Fachkollegien der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft
May 21st 2012 | Press release from newspaper | Freie Presse
May 11th 2012 | Successful Ph.D.

On May 11th 2012 Mr. Kai Kittner defended his Ph.D. thesis with the title "An integrative model approach for co-extrusion of aluminum-magnesium compounds" successfully. In a very entertaining presentation Mr. Kittner captivated the audience by using visual and tangible illustrative material to give a better understanding of the topic of hydrostatic co-extrusion of aluminum-magnesium compounds.
The examination committee evaluated the presented work as an especially commendable achievement with the grade "magna cum laude". We congratulate Dr. Kittner! Congratulations to the successful accomplishment!

April 2012 | Honor for commendable transfer of technology

This year's Scientific Award goes to the Chair of Virtual Production Engineering from Chemnitz University of Technology. During the 13th International RoundTable "Simulation in Metal Forming Technology", Prof. Dr. Birgit Awiszus received the honor which is initiated by the Simufact GmbH and given for outstanding collaboration and commendable transfer of technology.
"I am especially pleased that this year's award goes to Chemnitz. The prize reflects the excellent collaboration in the field of joint research projects as well as the close cooperation between software-vendor and end user", says Dr. Ralph Bernhardt, Head of Research and Development at Simufact GmbH.
 
Detailed press release from TUC (May 9th 2012)

January 23rd 2012 | Outstanding PhD with honors

On January 23rd 2012 Ms. Ulrike Beyer defended her doctoral thesis on "Multi-material joining using flat-clinch technology" successfully. The Examination Committee, chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Gehde, evaluated the presented work unanimously with the grade "summa cum laude". Congratulations to Dr. Beyer on this outstanding achievement!

June 15th 2011 | Flat-Clinch Technology integrated on new Eckold Press
On June 15th, the new Eckold Press (DFG 500/150E) was put in operation solemnly at the Department of Virtual Production Engineering. In addition to Prof. Awiszus (head of department), the employees involved in the project (Ms. Beyer, Mr. Schuffenhauer and Mr. Heuer) and the representatives of Eckold GmbH & Co. KG (Managing Director Dr. Beyer, Mr. Skolaude and Mr. Unger) were present. As part of the commissioning the Flat-Clinch Technology was shown, which is now used industrially for the first time. At this point we would like to say thank you again to the Eckold GmbH & Co. KG for its generous support.
April 5th 2011 | Press release from newspaper | Freie Presse
December 1st 2010 | Press release from TUC | Uni Aktuell
Anerkennung für eine "runde" Diplomarbeit
Ehrungen
Anerkennung für eine "runde" Diplomarbeit
Thoralf Gerstmann, junger Wissenschaftler der Professur Virtuelle Fertigungstechnik, belegt den ersten Platz beim "Sächsischen Preis für Umformtechnik 2010"
October 21st and 22nd 2010 | ENGINSOFT International Conference 2010 in Montichiari, Italy
The annual conference ENGINSOFT International 2010 was held this year in Montichiari, Italy. The conference theme was CAE-technology for the industry. In addition the ANSYS and FORGE user meetings were held. A total of 600 participants were able to learn in 90 lectures and 30 posters about current research findings and new applications in the field of CAE-technology. The Department of Virtual Production Engineering presented recent simulation results of the KRM planetary cross-rolling process at the FORGE user meeting.
October 2010 | New tension compression testing machine
The ViF team led by Prof. Awiszus obtained an intensive overview of the latest developments in the joining technology and numerical simulation. Furthermore, there was the opportunity for many conversations at the joint stand of the European Research Association for Sheet Metal Processing with colleagues from other universities and research institutions. At this point we would like to thank the EFB and the Company Eckold GmbH & Co. KG for their generous support again, without such a successful participation in this exhibition would not have been possible. One more note: The next big trade fair event: The Hannover Messe 2011. Here, the Department of Virtual Production Engineering will have its own stand for the first time, where the latest research results of various projects will be presented.
October 2010 | ViF-delegation traveling to the EuroBlech 2010
The world's largest trade fair for sheet metal forming took place from October 26th to October 30th 2010 at the exhibition grounds in Hannover. Under the overall theme "Time for innovation" 1455 exhibitors from 43 countries showed the latest trends in metal processing manufacturing.
The ViF team led by Prof. Awiszus obtained an intensive overview of the latest developments in the joining technology and numerical simulation. Furthermore, there was the opportunity for many conversations at the joint stand of the European Research Association for Sheet Metal Processing with colleagues from other universities and research institutions. At this point we would like to thank the EFB and the Company Eckold GmbH & Co. KG for their generous support again, without such a successful participation in this exhibition would not have been possible. One more note: The next big trade fair event: The Hannover Messe 2011. Here, the Department of Virtual Production Engineering will have its own stand for the first time, where the latest research results of various projects will be presented.
September 2010 | 12th International Round Table 2010 - Simulation in Bulk Metal Forming
From September 27th to September 30th 2010 the annual Simufact RoundTable took place in Bamberg. Due to the international orientation of the 12th RoundTable more than 160 national and international participants had the opportunity to talk about the process of simulation, its applications and their experience in the different fields. In addition there was the possibility to make transnational contacts. As a part of the conference Ms. Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Ulrike Beyer, Dipl.-Ing. Kai Kittner and Dipl.-Ing. Thoralf Gerstmann from the Department of Virtual Production Engineering presented the latest research findings on the topics of the hybrid Flat-Clinch connection, the flow behavior of aluminum-magnesium composite materials and the development of hybrid meshes to a broad audience.
September 19th - 22nd 2010 | Metal Forming 2010 in Toyohashi, Japan
For the first time, the biennial Metal Forming took place outside of Europe. This year 2010 it was carried out in Japan. The 13th conference covered a wide range of topics with a number of 366 publications from 27 countries. The Department of Virtual Production Engineering participated with four presentations in the areas of bulk metal forming, sheet metal forming, mechanical joining and composite extrusion. All of them received an excellent response to the presented research results.
September 1st 2010 | 5th "Firmenlauf Chemnitz"
Every year all over again: The fifth company run took place September 1st 2010 in Chemnitz. In total, about 2100 runners from 262 companies rose to the challenge to run the 4.8 km long route through central Chemnitz. Among these runners were also four employees of the Department of Virtual Production Engineering. Despite their great love of sports, the amateurs in running Thoralf Gerstmann, Andrea Junghanns, Jeannette Katzenberger and Kai Kittner could not occupy one of the top places. Yet they were rewarded with the title "sportiest company" which the Chemnitz University of Technology won, as in the previous two years. This was due to the 122 starters of the TUC. Thank you to all the runners and we are looking forward to the next run!
07. und 08. Juni 2010 | FORGE USER MEETING 2010 in Sophia Antipolis, France
The French software company Transvalor, software developer in the field of numerical simulation for forging, invited to the 8th User Conference in Sophia Antipolis. At the annual user meeting Transvalor presented the latest developments and trends in software for FORGE 2011. In addition to the presentations by Transvalor many other users showed their work, rounding off the program. Also the Department of Virtual Production Engineering presented its current simulation results of the KRM planetary cross-rolling process.
17. Juni 2010 | 17th Innovation Day - for small and medium-sized businesses in Berlin
On the outdoor multi-technology showcase more than 200 companies and research institutions throughout Germany presented their new products, processes and services that have been developed with financial support of the innovation funding of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
The Department of Virtual Production Engineering of the Chemnitz University of Technology presented together with the company Simufact Engineering GmbH recent results in the development of a method for automatic criteria driven partial transfer from shell elements to solid elements in a hybrid mesh, always considering the whole forming history.
22. Januar 2010 | New press for experimental investigations of Flat-Clinching
On January 22nd 2010 the new universal c-clamp stand press DFG 500/150 from Eckold GmbH & Co. KG was set up in the testing grounds owned by the department. Thus it is possible that the Department of Virtual Production Engineering can intensify its research in the field of intelligent lightweight design. The lightweight construction causes by the trend towards material mix a sustainable turnaround in the material joining technology. After several years of research topics with the focus on the numerical representation of mechanical and hybrid joining processes, it is now possible to achieve a more continuous experimental validation of the simulation results. In addition it is planned to expand the course offerings for students especially in the field of joining by forming.
At this point we want to thank the company Eckold GmbH & Co. KG for their generous support again.

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