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Forschungsverbund für den massiven Leichtbau Forschungsvereinigung Stahlanwendung e. V. (FOSTA) Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlung und Werkstofftechnik e. V. Forschungsgesellschaft Stahlverformung e. V. Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e.V

Research Network

The Research Network entitled “Lightweight Forging – Innovation Network for Technological Progress in Part, Process and Material Design for Forged Parts in Automotive Technology” was generated from the idea competition “Leading Technologies for SMEs” of the BMWi and the AiF.

 

The goal the “Lightweight Forging” Research Network is as follows:

With the aid of new steel materials, part designs and production methods, it is possible to make even the car powertrain – from the engine to the transmission and wheel bearings – lighter while still fulfilling the stringent requirements with regard to service life.

 

In the following subprojects, which ten research institutes from five federal states are participating in, the relevant issues will be analysed:

Subprojects

SP 1

Development of ultra- high-strength steels
for alternative heat treatments and for the cold forging of parts in the powertrain of passenger cars.
( P 1055 / Pre-Competitive Cooperative Industrial Research Project (IGF) No. 24 LN)

IEHK, IWT, FZG

M. Sc. Clemens Neipp, IEHK Aachen

SP 2

Intelligent lightweight design
through multi-component proceseses (P 1056 / Pre-Competitive Cooperative Industrial Research Project (IGF) No. 18189 N)

FZG, IWT, IFU, UTG

Dr.-Ing. Michael Otto, FZG München

SP 3

Lightweight design through targeted generation of local part properties
with optimized forging and machining processes
(P 1057 / Pre-Competitive Cooperative Industrial Research Project (IGF) No. 18225 N)

IFU, IUL, ISF

Dr. Alexander Felde, IFU Stuttgart

SP 4 + SP 6

Expanding technological horizons
when forging in different temperature ranges
(P 1058 / Pre-Competitive Cooperative Industrial Research Project (IGF) No. 18229 N; P 1154 / IGF-No. 19040 N))

IFUM, IUL, IFU

Dipl.-Ing. Julian Diefenbach, IFUM Hannover

SP 5

Innovation transfer,
technical potential assessment and lifecycle analysis
(P 1059 / Pre-Competitive Cooperative Industrial Research Project (IGF) No. 25 LN)

RWI, ika

Dr. Michael Rothgang, RWI Essen

Research Associations

The Research Network has been financed since 01.05.2015 by

Research Association for Steel Application (Forschungsvereinigung Stahlanwendung e. V. – FOSTA), which serves as the lead institution
Research Association for Steel Application (Forschungsvereinigung Stahlanwendung e. V. – FOSTA)
Heat Treatment and Material Engineering Association (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlung und Werkstofftechnik e. V. – AWT), Bremen
Material Engineering Association (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlung und Werkstofftechnik e. V. – AWT)
Research Association for Drive Technology (Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e. V. – FVA), Frankfurt
Research Association for Drive Technology (Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e. V. – FVA)
Research Association of Steel Forming (Forschungsgesellschaft Stahlverformung e. V. – FSV), Hagen
Research Association of Steel Forming (Forschungsgesellschaft Stahlverformung e. V. – FSV)

from funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi) via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen „Otto von Guericke“ e.V. – AiF).

Research Institutes

Moreover, goods and services will flow from industry into the Research Network over the three-year duration period. Research institutes of the Research Network are:

IWT – Foundation Institute of Materials Science (Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik), Bremen (Prof. Hans-Werner Zoch) as Coordinator
IWT – Foundation Institute of Materials Science (Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik)
IEHK – Department of Ferrous Metallurgy (Institut für Eisenhüttenkunde), Aachen (Prof. Wolfgang Bleck)
IEHK – Department of Ferrous Metallurgy (Institut für Eisenhüttenkunde)
FZG – Gear Research Centre (Forschungsstelle für Zahnräder und Getriebebau), Munich (Prof. Karsten Stahl)
FZG – Gear Research Centre (Forschungsstelle für Zahnräder und Getriebebau)
utg – Institute of Metal Forming and Casting (Lehrstuhl für Umformtechnik und Gießereiwesen), Munich (Prof. Wolfram Volk)
utg – Institute of Metal Forming and Casting (Lehrstuhl für Umformtechnik und Gießereiwesen)
IFU – Institute for Metal Forming Technology (Institut für Umformtechnik), Stuttgart (Prof. Mathias Liewald)
IFU – Institute for Metal Forming Technology (Institut für Umformtechnik)
ISF – Institute of Machining Technology (Institut für Spanende Fertigung), Dortmund (Prof. Dirk Biermann)
ISF – Institute of Machining Technology (Institut für Spanende Fertigung)
IUL – Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction (Institut für Umformtechnik und Leichtbau), Dortmund (Prof. A. Erman Tekkaya)
IUL –  Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction (Institut für Umformtechnik und Leichtbau)
IFUM – Institute for Forming Technology and Forming Machines (Institut für Umformtechnik und Umformmaschinen), Hannover (Prof. Bernd-Arno Behrens)
IFUM – Institute for Forming Technology and Forming Machines (Institut für Umformtechnik und Umformmaschinen)
RWI – Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung), Essen (Prof. Christoph M. Schmidt)
RWI – Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung)
ika - Institute for Automotive Engineering (Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge), Aachen (Prof. Lutz Eckstein)
ika - Institute for Automotive Engineering (Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge)

Acknowledgement

The IGF projects 24 LN, 25 LN, 18189 N, 18225 N, 18229 N, 19040 N of the FOSTA together with the AWT, FVA and FSV are being financed via the AiF as part of the program for financing the IGF of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy due to a resolution of the German Bundestag.

All those involved would like to express their deep gratitude for this support.