From left to right the professors: Edwin Kroke, Gerhard Heide, Hans-Jürgen Seifert, Matthias Reich, David Rafaja, Jens Kortus, Lutz Krüger, Heinz konietzky
Dr. Erich Krüger Research Foundation
Freiberg High-Pressure Research Centre (FHP)
Major technological progresses, which enduringly strengthen the economic and industrial location Germany are going to be realised more and more by new materials and optimised technologies. Innovative processing technologies become even more important in the conflict area of increased efficiency and preservation of natural resources. The paramount aim of our research group is the application of high pressures for the material development and synthesis, the optimisation and comprehensive characterisation and understanding of the materials properties as well as to convey the gain of knowledge in saleable products. We have the vision to synthesise extremely hard materials which should be much less cost intensive in production compared to (industrial) diamonds as well as they should possess a significantly higher temperature and corrosion resistance.
An application related problem is the not yet successful synthesis of cutting tools and materials for drill bits used in deep drilling technology in hard rock or for tools demanded for the production of raw materials. A considerable increase of the tool lifetime could promote a definite advance to the geothermal power technology, one of the key technologies in the field of renewable energies. Completely new application fields could be made accessible by compound materials or they may result in a noticeable performance leap in existing technologies, such as turbine manufacturing. The high speed cutting of (metal) workpieces in machine construction might serve here as another example.
The goal of our research team is the application of high pressure to develop (new) materials. Therefore, wie tie our competences on many different fields, such as
|- the high pressure synthesis|
|- materials testing under extreme conditions (pressure, temperature, speed),|
|- microstructural characterisation and modelling,|
|- shock loading,|
|- modelling of materials forming processes,|
|- and application related research|
across different faculties. Through the application of significantly difference but complementary high pressure synthesis techniques, we intend to produce new high performance materials. The materials under focus should explicitly and consciously suit in the field of technology and geology.