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Award for the calculation of minimal surface roughness

Mechanical engineers from Chemnitz University of Technology were honoured with Best Paper Award of the COMSOL Conference 2018

Igor Danilov, PD Dr. Matthias Hackert-Oschätzchen, Ingo Schaarschmidt, Dr. Mike Zinecker and Prof. Dr. Andreas Schubert from the Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology were honoured with the Best Paper Award of the COMSOL Conference in 2018. In summary the three best papers of more than 100 reviewed papers were granted. Around 400 academic and industrial researchers from 38 countries participated in the annual conference. Igor Danilov received the award on 23.10.2018 from COMSOL CEO Dr. Svante Littmarck during the conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“The topic of the publication is multiphysics simulation of the removal process during plasma electrolytic polishing. The work was focused on the time-dependent simulation of the polishing effect. Plasma electrolytic polishing is a complicated process and simulations help to generate new knowledge about it,” says Igor Danilov

“The paper shows especially the calculation of the resulting surface roughness at different processing times. For example, from the results the minimal surface roughness that can be achieved during the polishing process can be derived,” adds PD Dr. Matthias Hackert-Oschätzchen, Chief engineer research of the Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology.

“The results underline the potential of multiphysics FEM simulations for the description of manufacturing processes. In particular, the roughness calculations allow to make conclusions for the future design of the removal process,” says Prof. Dr. Andreas Schubert, head of the Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology.

The paper with the title “Transient Simulation of the Removal Process in Plasma Electrolytic Polishing of Stainless Steel” presents outcome from the MICROMAN project, which is funded by the European Union.

What is MICROMAN project?

The MICROMAN project unites 13 ESRs from 8 European universities in a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Programm MSCA-ITN-2015 as part of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation funded under grant no. 674801. The project’s aim is the production of zero-defect products on a microscopic scale by applying proper process monitoring techniques and integration of suitable inline metrology systems. Further information can be found at the website:

Further information provides Dipl.-Phys. Igor Danilov, Tel. 0371 531-33665, E-Mail

(Translation: Igor Danilov)

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