Research Groups
Annealed steel sheet in hot gas bulge test

Materials Testing

The materials testing group works on the determination of material properties and process boundary values, as well as the development of test methods.

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Simulation of grain size for closed-die forging of a gear wheel

Materials Modelling

The Materials Modelling groups are working on all challenges that rise at the interface in between processes and materials.

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Hot and cold rolling mill at the Institute of Metal Forming

Flat & Long Products

The group investigates the forming of semi-finished products combining knowledge in machine technology, process layout and numerical methods. Photo: Ahrens+Steinbach Projekte

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Twin-roll strip caster at the IBF

Strip Casting

Twin-roll strip casting is an energy-efficient, near net shape manufacturing technology, which combines casting and rolling into one process step.

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IBF’s forging center

Bulk Metal Forming

In the bulk metal forming group existing processes such as forging and ring rolling are expanded and optimized and new processes are developed. Photo: Martin Braun

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Flexible Sheet Metal Processing Center

Sheet Metal Forming

The Sheet Metal Forming group focusses on the development and optimization of sheet metal forming processes. Photo: Thilo Vogel

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Cross-Sectional Topics
Digital Process Planing of Incremental Sheet Metal Forming

Digital Forming

Digital data processing is widely used in industrial manufacturing. Planning, design, control and regulation of forming processes also become more and more digital.

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Texture Evolution in Rolling of Electric Steel


Energy technology is an important research area in terms of sustainability. Products manufactured by forming technology also play a decisive role in this.

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Flexible Sheet Metal Forming with Stretch Forming and Incremental Forming

Flexible Forming

Flexible forming processes allow for the adaptation and modification of the product geometry with little effort. They enable the economical production of prototypes and… Photo: Thilo Vogel

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Surface Texturing for Tribology Optimization

Functional Surfaces

The surfaces of tools, semi-finished products and final goods play an essential role in fulfilling technical functions.

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Production of Curved Workpiece by Superimposed Manipulator Displacements

Tailored Preforms

Examples for tailored preforms are sheets with weight-optimized thickness distribution, near net shape forming, semi-finished products made of a combination of different metals as well as…

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Friction Determination With Extended Conical Tube-Upsetting Test

Tailored Testing

The development of new materials and processes may also require the use and further development of innovative testing technologies.

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Optimization of the Crash Performance of High Manganese Steels


Coupling of process conditions and material properties across several length scales enables simulative research and optimization of process chains.

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Form Closure of Steel Sheet and Casted Aliminium

Joining Materials

The joining of different materials, in order to achieve tailored product properties, requires profound process and material knowledge.

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