Materials design

A causality chain directly connects a material processing and chemical composition with its performance in a selected system. A material manufacturing history determines its microstructure, which, in turn, is what fixes its properties. Thus, a part created from a combination of carefully selected and processed materials will show an optimal collection of properties for any given application. Ultimately, knowledge of these underlying process-structure-property-performance links unlocks the development of new material solutions.
We strive to develop, implement and deploy resource-efficient, reliable, and high-performance materials for demanding applications and environments. To help us in our quest, we draw from state-of-the-art numerical methods and lab-scale facilities.

Among others, we daily employ:

  • The CALPHAD (calculation of phase diagrams) method to account for the influence of processing, thermodynamics, and kinetics on the material microstructure
  • Finite element analysis to model thermo-mechanical problems in parts and systems
  • Quantitative metallography and stereology for detailed microstructural description
  • High-resolution microscopy and microanalysis (SEM, TEM, APT, EBSD, EDX, WDX, OM, nanoindentation)
  • Modern measurement equipment to determine thermomechanical properties across length-scales
  • Mathematical optimization tools to find the best solutions
  • Conventional and powder metallurgical primary forming processes
  • Heat treatment furnaces (including vacuum heat treatment and HIP units) and laboratory-scale forming processes to map the entire process route.

Professional contact person: Santiago Benito

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