The research activities of the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Components comprise the development of new forming processes and process chains as well as the extension of existing production processes. The objectives are physically sound process descriptions, the configuration and improvement of component properties, and a holistic approach of the process efficiency. Methodological key aspects are material characterization and simulation methods. The fundamental research results are transferred to industrial practice. This process is often accompanied by industrial partners.
35 scientists, supported by 11 technicians and administrative staff members and approximately 50 student assistants, work on the institute’s research projects. Especially when it comes to interdisciplinary research issues, the projects are often pursued with national and international partners. The participation in two “Collaborative Research Centers”, TRR 188 (spokesperson) and TRR 73 (local spokesperson), and in the two “Priority Programs”, SPP 2013 and SPP 2183, express these intensive networking efforts. Besides the three departments “Bulk Metal Forming”, “Profile and Sheet Metal Forming”, and “Non-Conventional Processes”, the institute structure covers four inter-divisional units (see figure): “Research Center for Industrial Metal Processing“ (ReCIMP), “Research Group on Additive Technology“ (ReGAT), “Excellent Teaching and Learning in Engineering Science“ (ELLI 2), and “Research Group Applied Mechanics”. In the following, the departmentspecific research objectives and research projects are presented.