The overall objective of the Light Metal Die Casting Department is the continuous development of die casting in terms of product and process by conducting both basic and applied public research projects in this field. This is partly done in close interdisciplinary cooperation with other research institutes and the Bundesverband der deutschen Gießerei-Industrie (BDG) (Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry), as well as bilateral development and research projects with industrial partners.
About our research
Basically, questions in the field of tool technologies, joining technology, process optimization and energy efficiency are investigated. Due to the research orientation of the institute, the investigation of the joining technology processing of aluminium die-cast components is a main focus of the working group. The focus here is usually on industry-oriented research and development. The advantage here is that the entire process chain can be represented by the ifs: casting production, surface pretreatment, joining processing as well as analysis and materials testing. The working group regards the die casting tool as a key element for the technological performance and economic efficiency of the die casting process. Investigations into tool regeneration and life time optimization as well as new concepts for tool design have therefore become established as a further focus. Research activities are also carried out in the field of process optimization and increasing the energy efficiency of the die casting process. The service areas of chemical analysis and metallography as well as extensive material testing are mostly used within the framework of research projects - but are also offered as independent services, for example within the framework of bilateral development projects. more
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Norbert Hoffmann manages the department Light Metal Die Casting and is the contact person for teaching and research in this area.