The safe handling of hazardous substances, the reliable and safe use of innovative materials and their modeling and simulation requires comprehensive and valid characteristic values. In Materials Informatics, we contribute significantly to the collection of these characteristic values by examining and evaluating the structure and behavior of materials and substances, considering theoretical and practical aspects. The primary purpose of the results is to ensure safety in handling hazardous materials and to enable the safe and reliable use of innovative materials and manufacturing processes.
In the field of dangerous substances, our activities are focused on explosive, flammable or reactive substances, material systems and matters such as explosives, gases or flammable dusts. The area of material analysis also comprises the dimensional and chemical characterization of nanoparticles. In the field of innovative materials and manufacturing processes, our research focuses on composites and additive manufacturing processes. The focus here is on the determination of characteristic values for mechanical material behavior as well as the macro- and microstructure characterization of fiber composites and additively manufactured components.
Material and substance characterization is based on state-of-the-art, sometimes unique research methods ranging from nano- to macroscale. For example, our "Multi-scale Analyzer for Ultrafine Structures" enables the analysis of structures ranging from 0.2 to 2000 nanometers in large sample volumes. New lightweight construction potentials through the improved characterization of fiber composites are being addressed by a newly developed shear test method. As part of our own research activities, our research methods are constantly being improved and redeveloped or further developed as needed.