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Solid State Materials Processing

The “Solid State Materials Processing” department is involved in basic and applied research topics in the fields of solid state joining, processing, layer deposition and extrusion. Here, the material is heated through friction merely to the extent where it can be plasticized. Some of these processes, such as refill friction stir spot welding, were developed and patented at the center. We develop new materials and processes for metallic lightweight materials, especially aiming for sustainable use in the transportation sector. To do so, we combine experimental activities with numerical simulations. Only through these combined approaches can the complex interplay of process, microstructure and component properties be comprehensively understood.