Innovation

We believe that by innovating the functionality of todays smart alloys we can resolve important challenges in the industrial world and thus, contribute to improving the well-being of our society in the end. We are research enthusiasts and translate this passion into our work. On this page we want to present you some selected examples of our research work.

Metal-based Additive Manufacturing

Metal-based Additive Manufacturing offers new processing options with the potential for fast prototyping and to prepare parts with high free-form capabilities, weight reduction, material loss reduction and sometimes enhanced performance compared to conventional produced alloys. While such processes find already a wide range of application in some industrial areas like aerospace, transportation and racing, there is still a lot work to be done to widespread its use from feedstock preparation to process control. We worked on several alloys, like steels, aluminum alloys and shape memory alloys among others. For some example studies, please consider the following references:

Shape Memory Alloys

Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) are capable to remember and recover their initial shape upon applying a current or heat input. This shape memory effect can be exploited in several different applications like sensors, actuators, damping and vibration control or coupling devices. Furthermore, industry and scientists are pushing with significant effort to realize novel applications based on SMAs, like elasto-caloric cooling devices, thin-film valves and actuators for MEMS. There are several different systems based on NiTi, Cu, Ti, Fe alloys and more that have all their own distinct characteristics. We have worked intensively on commercial SMAs and novel alloys, e.g. for high temperature application or extremely low transformation hysteresis to get the best out of the materials. For some example studies, please consider the following references:

Super-elastic Alloys

Super-elasticity (SE) is the property that allows for stretching, compressing, bending, twisting or straining the material in complex ways and after stress release it recovers immediately its original shape. This effect is highly appreciated in medical applications, like vascular stents, flow diverters, catheters or minimal-invasive surgery equipment. But also in other areas SE-alloys find application, like self-centering devices in engineering and construction, smart tires and tissues, antennas and more. In NiTi, the most successful medical SE-alloy, the effect is closely related to the SME and chemistry and preparation can be tailored to obtain SE at desired working temperatures. But also further interesting alloy systems, like Ti- or Fe-based SE-alloys are emerging, where the effect is related on other material characteristics and effort is needed to set up the final alloy for its operation conditions. For some example studies, please consider the following references:

Bioabsorbable Metal Research

Bioabsorbable metals are still an unknown to a big share of society and yet they are not familiar to all medics. It lies within our scope to actively divulge and promote the potential of these materials. Therefor we collaborate with world-class researchers in the field to reveal the full potential of bioabsorbable metals and o assist in dissemination. For some example studies, please consider the following references:

Further Research Contributions

Our team has a long history of participating in science and working on cutting edge materials and processes.  To find our our most recent articles, please check the references in our scopus profiles:

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