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Against the background of constantly increasing demands on materials and machining processes, the department Grinding and Gear Cutting is concerned with the further development of grinding applications for machining mainly metallic materials and components. The scientific penetration of the mechanisms of action in machining with geometrically undefined cutting edges requires a holistic approach that takes into account specific material properties as well as process kinematics, tool development or the application of process aids.

Simulation as a means of improving process understanding is an indispensable tool in our work. In addition to basic research work, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), for example, a large part of our research and development work is based on industrial cooperation projects. Scientifically trained and motivated personnel, a modern machine tool park and extensive laboratory facilities form the basis for successful project work.

As often the last step in a longer value-added chain for the production of high-quality components, high demands are placed on the grinding process in terms of processing quality and productivity. In addition, there are demands on the energy and resource efficiency of the processes used. Only through a profound analysis can the interactions between the process design, the material to be machined, the tools used and process auxiliaries be mastered.

In the grinding and gear cutting department, grinding technology research work is concentrated in the Production Engineering department. Basic and applied research work is carried out here with the focus on material-oriented, productive and resource-efficient design of process chains. In this area of conflict, the research and development work combines the materials and process engineering know-how available at the Leibniz Institute for Materials-oriented Technologies. The mature developments are applied in the automotive industry and its suppliers, in aerospace technology and other key industries. In addition, innovations are realized in tool technology, medical technology and machine tool construction.


The research work in the "Grinding and Gearing" department is mainly concerned with the following areas:

  • Soft and hard machining of gears
  • Machining of difficult to machine materials
  • Evaluation of cooling lubricants
  • Optimized coolant supply
  • Resource and energy consumption in grinding technology
  • Process development and optimization
  • Tool development
  • Tool Grinding