Virtual Development

Research Topics:

  • Component Design and CAD Tool Design for Sheet Metal Forming
  • FEM Forming Simulations - Mechanically / Thermomechanically
  • Thermic Simulation Tool with Boundary Element Method (BEM)
  • Large Plastic Deformations with Remeshing

 Examples of Application:

  • Manufacturing of Test Equipment relevant for Industry
  • Determination of Blank Geometries
  • Deformation Analysis of Deep Drawing Components
  • Design of the Cooling Channel Topology for Press Hardening Tools
  • Hydroforming of Structural Parts and Pipe Fittings
  • Metal Forming of Massive Sheets

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Tool Technology

Research Topics: 

  • Tooling (Cold and Hot Forming)
  • Tool Coating (Laser Cladding)
  • Cooled and Tempered Tools
  • Alternative Tool Materials
  • Micro-Punching and Micro-Forming
  • Cutting / Tool Cutting
  • Forming / Punching of ‚ÄěThicker" Grades

Examples of Application:

  • Deep-Drawing Tools relevant for Industry (B-Pillar, Tank, SIB)
  • Wear Resistant Tool Surfaces (AMPCO + Tungsten Carbide) for Hot Forming of Stainless Steel ( 1.4034)
  • Welded Cooling Channels, Casted Cooling Channels
  • Wood/Plastics as Tool Material
  • Foil Production by Micro-Punching and -Forming
  • Tool for Kitchen Sink (1.4301, 1.4310)

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Processes and Analysis

Research Topics: 

  • Alternative Heating Technologies
  • Alternative Forming Processes (Cold/Warm)
  • Tailored Properties
  • Laserwelding with Filler Material
  • Characterization of Materials
  • Bending of Ultra High-Strength Materials
  • Optical Strain and Geometry Analysis

Damping of Cutting Oscillation Examples of Application: 

  • Inductive Heating of Blanks (InduHeat)
  • Inductive Recrystallization of Forming Martensite
  • Try-Out/Adjustment of Forming Tools
  • Tribometer
  • Determination of Thermal Contact Resistance
  • Bending of Structural Parts
  • Forming Analysis, Reverse Engineering
  • Ferrite and Sheet Thickness Analysis
  • SPF, Semi-Hot Forming, Hydroforming

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Contact
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Institute of Materials Science, Joining and Forming
Research Group Tools & Forming
Member of [FSI]
Inffeldgasse 11/I
8010 Graz

Tel.: +43 (0) 316 / 873 - 9441
Fax: +43 (0) 316 / 873 - 9442
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