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19. Apr. 2022

Since the end of 2021, a new working group: Metallurgy and Metal Forming, has been officially incorporated into the main department of Materials Engineering. As its name reflects, the group focusses in the upstream processes in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. This extends the research possibility in alloy design and completes the entire process chain in metal production and fabrications of the institute, which enhances the research independency at Leibniz-IWT.

The research theme of the newly constructed group concentrates at the beginning in liquid metallurgy, i.e., production of steel as well as aluminum melts. A new vacuum induction facility (to be in operation Q4/2022) will produce laboratory melts with a maximum volume of 20 liter by rising and falling casting, by which multiple casting as well as intermediate alloying are possible. It enables even more synergy work with other departments including Melt Atomization and Spray Forming (main department Process Engineering) as well as Heat Treatment, Lightweight Materials and Mechanical Properties (main department Materials Engineering).

Further equipment for the physical simulation of the industrial-near thermomechanical forming processes such as hot rolling of bar steel and sheet is being conceptualized. According to the plan, industrial intermediate slab and billets can be studied for the effect of various parameters here. Also, the group serves intermediate products for the in-house gear and bearing fabrication and heat treatment, one of the main research topics at Leibniz-IWT. In parallel, the microstructural evolution during thermomechanical-control processes is also investigated by other cutting edge research techniques at other departments at IWT as well as by means of thermokinetics calculation.

Assoc. Prof. (Thai) Dr.-Ing. Piyada Suwanpinij has taken the role of head of the working group. Her background in Metallurgical Engineering started with bachelor study at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, before she pursued her master degree in Advanced Metallurgy at the University of Sheffield in United Kingdom. Her first stay in Germany started in 2006 when she became a doctoral candidate at the Department of Ferrous Metallurgy (IEHK), RWTH Aachen University, finishing her doctorate in Multi-scale Modelling of Hot Rolled Dual-Phase Steels for Process Design. She continued her career in 2012 as a lecturer at The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS), King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) and received the academic degree Associate Professor in 2018. Also, she has been awarded as the Outstanding Young Metallurgist of Thailand 2018. She is in close collaboration with diverse academic and research institutions in several countries in Europe and Thailand.