The physical properties of a formed component as well as the necessary forming tools are mainly characterised by its structure. This is why alloy elements, structure composition, parameters in the interior part and in peripheral areas of the workpiece determine, amongst others, its performance characteristics significantly. Structure analysises, metallurgic cuttings and investigations on prevailing tribological systems during the forming process often contribute to a better understanding of elemental interactions in sheet metal and bulk metal forming.
- Digitalization of surfaces from impact areas of the tool and of workpieces
- Structure analysises of steel, aluminium and magnesium alloys
- Investigation of tools and workpieces in the event of damage and during production troubles
- Investigation of novel tool coatings
- Analysis of new waste mechanisms of aluminium alloys, effects of artificial and natural ageing
- Measuring of roughness on all kind of surfaces
- Macro and micro hardness testing
Finally, material characterisation forms the basis for the forming simulation which is our most important tool and therefore material characterisation is an essential part for prediction accuracy.