The programme of the IC-MPPE2019 conference can be downloaded here: IC-MPPE2019 Programme

 

The Materials Center Leoben (MCL) is the coordinator of one of five currently running Austrian COMET K2 competence Centers.
The research program IC-MPPE focuses on integrated computational development of materials, processing processes and products.
Activities include the use of sophisticated computer models and algorithms to digitize and virtualize design, processes, and product applications.

Aims of the programme

The COMET Center IC-MPPE aims to rigorously integrate theoretical foundations, the latest validated calculation methods and key technologies to support material-based innovation. Furthermore, the COMET Center IC-MPPE focuses on simultaneous material, process and product development, cost efficiency, quality, material and energy savings as well as the digitization of production chains.

Structure of the IC-MPPE programme

The research is divided into the following four research areas:

Area 1: Fundamentals for Integrated Computational Engineering of Materials, Processes and Products,
Area 2: Material Engineering,
Area 3: Process Engineering,
Area 4: Product Engineering.

Area 1: Fundamentals for Integrated Computational Engineering of Materials, Processes and Products

The goals of Area 1 are further development and build-up of
(1) Basics and expertise for the integration of numerical models and computer tools for the simultaneous integrated engineering of materials, manufacturing processes and products,
(2) software tools for linking material, process and product models on different length and time scales as well as different physical phenomena,
(3) experimental techniques for the validation of simulation models and computer tools, and of
(4) computer models for model-based process control and condition monitoring in particular as well as for "Industry4.0" and the "Internet of Things" in general.

Area 2: Material Engineering

The objectives of Area 2 further development and build-up of numerical and experimental tools including
(1) Development of a new material design method suite consisting of validated numerical material models and software tools for the computer-aided design of materials on all relevant length scales,
(2) Application of the new material design method suite for the design of new structural and functional materials with tailor-made property profiles, and of
(3) Development of expertise and a method suite for the integration of machine learning technologies into computer-aided material design.

Area 3: Process Engineering

The objectives of Area 3 are further development and build-up of numerical and experimental tools including
(1) Development of a new process design method suite consisting of validated numerical process models and software tools for the computer-aided design of manufacturing processes,
(2) Integration of advanced material models into process models,
(3) Optimization and new development of processes and process chains for the production of metal alloys and electronic components, and of
(4) Basics and software tools for model-based and autonomous real-time process control.

Area 4: Product Engineering

The objectives of Area 4 are further development and build-up of numerical and experimental tools including
(1) Development of a new product design method suite with focus on integration of material and process models into product engineering,
(2) Computer methods for multiscale and multiphysics simulation of products in use,
(3) Calculation methods for probabilistic serviceability and reliability assessment,
(4) New and optimized products for industries with material-based product innovations focusing on mechanical engineering, metallurgy, tooling, and electronics, and from
(5) Concepts and software tools for smart products based on the Internet of Things.

Center volume

Employees at the Materials Center Leoben: 170 (head-count in 2018) 
IC-MPPE budget for the first funding period (2018-2021): € 43.6 Mio  

5 Exemplary Scientific Partners (out of >80 Scientific Partners):

Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Technical University Vienna, Austria
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
University of Warwick, UK

5 Exemplary Company Partners (out of >170 Company Partners):

voestalpine Austria
Robert Bosch GmbH Germany 
CERATIZIT AG Austria and CERATIZIT Luxembourg Sàrl
International Zinc Association USA
TDK Electronics Austria and TDK Electronics Hungary

More Partners are listed here: https://www.mcl.at/en/company/partners/

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