Research profile

The Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering pursues a systemic approach towards the integrated design of products and processes under the requirements of sustainable development (technical, economic and ecological). The work is structured as a "matrix organization" in the research groups "Sustainable Manufacturing", "Life Cycle Engineering" and "System of Systems Engineering" and includes "The Learning Factory" as infrastructure for a research-oriented teaching-learning approach.

The research groups are supplemented by the "Eco-Efficient Lightweight Construction" team, which focuses on the energy and resource-efficient production and life cycle engineering of hybrid components with function integration for applications in today's and future vehicle concepts within the Open Hybrid LabFactory (OHLF). The team "Eco-efficient battery production" is bundling our research into "green" batteries. In the Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB), we are investigating approaches for the manufacturing of battery cells with minimal environmental impact and high efficiency. The team "Eco-efficient machine tools and systems" focusses on the energy and resource efficiency of machining processes. Beside the actual process, this also includes peripheral systems, which are required, for example, to realize different cutting fluid strategies. The team "Urban Production" is focussing our research on production systems that are located in cities. Within this group we develop innovative methods and concepts with the goal of enabling a positive integration of production and value creation into the urban space to support the sustainable development of cities.

Our research fields are:

Integrated Computational Production, Life Cycle and System of Systems Engineering

We combine complementary modelling and simulation paradigms to analyse and assess complex dynamic systems on process, process chain, factory or even life cycle level. Using multi-scale approaches, we aim for a deep understanding of product-process interdependencies and levers to minimize cost and the use of material and energy.

Cyber-Physical Production Systems

The Industry 4.0 paradigm addresses the increasing convergence of industrial production with digital technologies. With the aim of realizing energy and resource efficient factories, we are developing integrated solutions based on innovative approaches for data collection, processing and analysis as well as modeling of material and energy flows.

Circular Economy and Industrial Symbiosis

By analysing products and processes through the entire life cycle, we are able to optimize products for disassembly, develop new recycling systems, and substitute non-renewable resource and investigate strategies to improve eco-efficiency.

Factories of the Future

We a factory as a place of value creation, which can have a positive effect on its environment. We work on the production of the future and see production processes and systems as well as factories not as closed systems, but in connection with their environment. The city will be an important location for innovative factories of the future. We work on the basic understanding of urban production systems and use new digital technologies.

“Die Lernfabrik” and Engineering Education

Our learning factory provides a unique infrastructure to disseminate our findings as well as inspire new ideas. Innovative teaching methods like game-based learning help students and professionals to acquire a deeper understanding of sustainability in engineering and corresponding concepts, methods and tools. Adaptive teaching / learning systems adapt to the learning progress of individual learners.

Sustainable production technologies

Our research focuses on production technologies maximizing energy and resource efficiency. We investigate alternative cutting fluids towards the vision of a mineral oil free factory.

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