Coordination office “Material, component, and process simulation”
The modeling of the mechanic, thermodynamic and functional material behavior on the atomic, mesoscopic and macroscopic scale, as well as interfaces to process simulation, which grants necessary framework conditions, are comprehensively bundled here. Firstly, this provides the prerequisites to the development of high-temperature materials with application specific requirements, and secondly, it ensures the close interconnection to process description and optimization. The thermodynamic stress under working conditions is projected, calculated and evaluated through numeric simulations. These simulation approaches range from ab initio methods, molecular dynamics and dislocation dynamics over the finite element method and boundary element method to the breakdown of coupled mechanic, thermic and electric boundary value problems.
- Head of the coordination office: Dr.-Ing. Martin Abendroth
Coordination office “Materials and properties”
On an atomic scale, materials are predominantly examined through imaging and spectroscopic laboratory methods and synchrotron procedures. On a mesoscale, those methods allow for an analysis of the material structure in a thermodynamic equilibrium as well as an investigation into the thermodynamics during phase formations and phase transitions, and into reaction and diffusion kinetics. For the assessment of phase, texture and structural geometry, a wide selection of diffractometric procedures is available. This also includes the thermodynamic and kinetic analytics. On the macroscale, subminiature sample testing methods are on hand, in addition to classical mechanical material and component testing practices. Many of these methods mentioned above can be applied in situ at Freiberg University on a laboratory scale, even for high temperature and pressure parameters.
- Head of the coordination office: Dr. rer. nat. Barbara Abendroth
Coordination office “Technology management and systems evaluation”
At the ZeHS, technology management encompasses planning, executing and controlling the development of resource and energy efficient high-temperature processes for the establishment of competitive advantages in the base material industry. Focus lies on the technical and economical synergies along the innovation chain from the physical and chemical sciences via process engineering, material science and technology through to plant construction. For high-temperature processes and materials, primarily for refractory composite materials, which are still to enter the market, technology impact evaluation is necessary, prioritizing opportunities and risks of the technology for the environment. Furthermore, interactions with process and material requirements of ZeHS projects are to be evaluated in context of a system analysis. In contrast, for high-temperature processes, technologies and high-temperature materials close to the market the emphasis lies on capex management.
- Head of the coordination office: Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Michael Höck