Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Prahl

Insitute Director & Professorship for Metal Forming

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Prahl

The Institute for Metal Forming is headed by Prof. Ulrich Prahl, who also holds a professorship for forming technology at the Institute.

Prof. Prahl studied "Technical Mathematics" at Clausthal Technical University before graduating from the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology at Dresden Technical University. He received his doctorate from the Institute of General Mechanics at the RWTH Aachen in 2002 and subsequently headed a scientific working group on integrative material simulation at the Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy at the RWTH Aachen. In 2017 he followed the call of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg to the professorship for forming technology of the Institute for Metal Forming. Prof. Prahl's work focuses on the field of numerical material and process modelling, as well as production technology for metals, which are characterized by a strong coupling between material and process.

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Curriculum Vitae

Name:Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Prahl
Address:09599 Freiberg
Date of birth:20. September 1970
Place of birth: Stade
Martial status:Married
School education:
  • 1976 - 1989 School in Stade
  • 1989 - 1996 Studies "Technical Mathematics" at the TU Clausthal
  • 1996 Diploma thesis at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Plastics Technology at the TU Dresden
Dissertation:2002 at the Institute of General Mechanics of the RWTH Aachen University: "Damage and failure of micro-alloyed fine grain steels in experiment and simulation"
Professional activity:
  • 1996 research associate at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Plastics Technology at the TU Dresden
  • 1996 - 2002 research associate at the Institute of General Mechanics of the RWTH Aachen University
  • 2002 - 2017 Group leader of the "Materials Simulation" group at the RWTH Aachen
  • 2006 - 2017 Member of the "Management Board/Core Team" of the Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries" at the RWTH
  • 2007 - 2017 Coordinator of the project "AixViPMaP - the Aachen Virtual Platform for Materials and Processes
  • 2007 - 2017 Project leader "Damage and Failure in High Manganese Steels" in the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 761 "Steel ab initio - Quantum Mechanically Guided Design of New Iron-Based Materials
  • 2008 - 2017 Coordinator of the Advanced Study Group "Processing and Characterisation" at the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) at the Ruhr University Bochum
  • 2011 - 2017 Coordinator of integrated research training group in SFB 761 "Steel ab initio
  • 2013 - 2017 Central coordinator for teaching at the IEHK
  • 2016 - 2017 Coordinator of the Project House "ICME" in the profile area "Material Science & Engineering" (MatSE) of the RWTH Aachen
  • Since 10/2017 Professor of Forming Technology at the Institute of Metal Forming at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Fields of work:
  • Numerical material and process modelling,
  • Production processes (forming and heat treatment) for modern steels
  • Development of alloy concepts and process routes for the nanostructuring of microstructures and for the adjustment of metastable structural components
  • Combination of experimental laboratory techniques with numerical simulation for modelling, evaluation and optimisation of industrial forming and heat treatment processes
  • Verein Deutscher Eisenhüttenleute (VDEh), Stahlinstitut
  • TMS – The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
  • VAEh e.V. – Verein Aachener Eisenhüttenleute
  • ICMEg e.V. – the ICME Expert group (Gründungsmitglied und Mitglied im Vorstand)