The division Experimental and Model Based Mechanical Behaviour of Materials is engaged with experimental investigation and numerical simulation of the deformation, damage and failure behaviour of materials under complex thermo-mechanical loadings. The aim is to develop methods to enable systems, structures and components to be reliably designed and used.

Mechanical material tests are conducted under various conditions, including realistic service conditions (e.g. complex multi-axial stresses, different media, crack propagation under thermo-mechanical fatigue), enabling the collection of realistic data on ageing and damage processes. Optimised testing programs are developed for this purpose to keep the number of tests low.

The models employed use efficient numerical algorithms to minimise calculation time. Phenomenological and micromechanical models are employed to describe deformation and damage processes.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Skrotzki, Head of Division Experimental and Model Based Mechanical Behaviour of Materials, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

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