Joining processes are required for constructions and components of all sizes, from ship hulls to microchips. Therefore, joining technology issues are relevant for practically all areas of mechanical and plant engineering, especially in power plant, vehicle and ship construction as well as in aerospace engineering and process and electrical engineering. In addition to mechanical engineering and vehicle construction, joining technology problems, such as extending the service life of engineering structures or the attachment of prostheses in the human body, are dealt with in interdisciplinary cooperations in civil engineering, medicine and dentistry.
The Institute of Joining and Welding deals with such questions in research and teaching across the entire breadth of the field. Thus, the ifs stands not only for joining components but also for the merging of people and disciplines.
The manufacture of innovative products with new materials is only possible with the right joining technology. For this purpose, the fields of activity training and further education, quality assurance as well as research and development in materials and production technology must be combined in an interdisciplinary way. In a traditionally grown relationship, this enables the innovation of joining technology processes in the same way as the transfer of knowledge via heads and intensive customer contact on the basis of a broad range of services.
The employees, PhD students and students of the institute work in our various competence areas as well as in the institute workshop at the main location Braunschweig and in the branch office Aachen.