Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Prahl

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Prahl

Institute Director & Professorship for Forming Technology

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

Prof. Prahl studied "Technical Mathematics" at the TU Clausthal before he graduated from the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology at the TU Dresden. He received his doctorate in 2002 at the RWTH Aachen University at the Institute of General Mechanics and subsequently headed a scientific working group on integrative material simulation at the Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy at the RWTH Aachen University.

In 2017 he followed the call of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg to the professorship for forming technology at the Institute for Metal Forming. The main focus of Prof. Prahl's work is in the field of numerical material and process modelling and production technology for metals, which are characterised by a strong coupling between material and process.

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 math“ at the TU Clausthal
  • 1996 Thesis at the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology at the TU Dresden
Dissertation:2002 at the Institute for General Mechanics of the Rheinisch-Westfälischen University of Technology Aachen: Damage and failure of micro-alloyed fine grain steels in experiment and simulation
Professional activity:
  • 1996 research assistant at the Institute of Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology at the TU Dresden
  • 1996 – 2002 research assistant at the Institute for General Mechanics at the RWTH Aachen
  • 2002 – 2017 Group leader of "material simulation" at the RWTH Aachen
  • 2006 – 2017 Member of the "Management Board/Kernteam" of the Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Production Engineering for High-wage Countries" at the RWTH Aachen
  • 2007 – 2017 Coordinator of the project „AixViPMaP – the Aachen Virtual Platform for Materials and Processes“
  • 2007 – 2017 Subproject leader „Damage and failure in high manganese steels" in special research 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) der Ruhr Uni Bochum
  • 2011 – 2017 Coordinator 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 profil area „Material Science & Engineering“ (MatSE) at the RWTH Aachen
  • Seit 10/2017 Professorship for Metalforming of the Institute of Metalforming of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Fields of work:
  • Numerical material and process modeling,
  • Production processes (forming and heat treatment) for modern steels,
  • Development of alloy concepts and process paths for the nanostructuring of structures as well as the setting of metastable structural components,
  • Combination of experimental laboratory techniques with numerical simulation for the modeling, evaluation and optimization of industrial forming and heat treatment
  • 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)