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New BMBF joint project with WWHK participation

In September 2021, the new BMBF joint project in the "FH-Kooperativ" programme will start with the title "Micro- and nanostructured hard magnetic materials and components for microtechnical applications (MiNaMag)". In addition to the WWHK, Prof. Monika Saumer (Department of Chemical Processes in Microsystems Technology, main applicant) and Prof. Sven Urschel (Department of Electrotechnical Systems in Mechatronics) and the company MOT are involved in the project, which will run for 48 months. The task of the WWHK within the framework of the joint project is the material characterisation of the electrochemically deposited materials to be developed. The WWHK team is looking forward to the interesting and interdisciplinary cooperation with the participating colleagues from the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and MOT.

New team member at WWHK

Mr. Srinivasa Raghavan Raghuraman will join the WWHK team as an assistant in the future. After his successful master's degree, he will work on the project "Evaluation of fracture surfaces with regard to damage development of cyclically loaded specimens made of C22E and 20MnCrS5" in the next 6 months.

Extension of the infrastructure in the field of fatigue at WWHK

At the WWHK, the field of fatigue infrastructures can be upgraded again.

In August, a new servo-hydraulic fatigue testing machine from Shimadzu (EHF-E) with a maximum load of 20 kN is installed. In the future, the testing system will be used primarily in the BMWi projects running at the chair (EKusaP, MibaLeb II).

In addition, there will be the possibility of testing in the VHCF range at the WWHK in the future. A large-scale equipment application (INST 252/21-1) for the procurement of a resonance pulsator with optical strain measurement technology was approved and the test system is going to be procured by the end of the year.

Further expansion of the experimental infrastructure at WWHK

The testing infrastructure at the WWHK was further expanded via various research projects and own funds. Together with the Department of Building and Design, a digital microscope (Olympus DSX 1000) and a digital controller (DHM Prüftechnik) for an existing Schenck testing system (160 kN) were procured. A 2D DIC system from LIMESS Messtechnik was procured through a BMWi project and an eddy current tester from Rohmann was procured with the support of the HTS research focus. In addition, a further tensile test/LCF fatigue test system from Shimadzu (AGS-X 10 kN) is available. The above mentioned measuring and testing equipment will be used in current and future research projects.


Special issue in the journal Applied Sciences of MDPI publishing house

Prof. Peter Starke and Prof. Frank Walther (WPT, TU Dortmund) are guest editors for the special issue "Microstructure and Fatigue Life of Materials and Components of Nuclear Energy" of the journal Applied Sciences at MPDI.
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Deadline for the submission of contributions is 31.10.2021. Contributions can be submitted directly via the MDPI homepage


New EKusaP research project funded by the BMWi

At the WWHK a new research project "Development of a short-term procedure for the evaluation of damage-relevant parameters of ferritic materials and components used in nuclear technology" will start on 01.04.2021, which is funded by the BMWi. The project management agency is the Gesellschaft für Anlagen und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) in Cologne. 

Fabian Weber will join the WWHK team as of 01.01.2021 to work on this project. We are already looking forward to the cooperation and the start of the research project.

Installation of the new Kerr microscope at WWHK

At the WWHK the new Kerr microscope of evico magnetics was installed, which is used for the investigation of magnetic domains within the TELMa project. The results will be used in the simulation activities of the working group Electrotechnical Systems of Mechatronics to develop components with specific magnetic properties for the cell containers. The research project and the procurement of the Kerr microscope is financed by the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation.


New research project at WWHK

On October 1, 2020, the WWHK started the second phase of the joint project as a new project partner: Microstructure-based service life calculation "MibaLeb II".

The joint project is concerned with the development of a method for assessing the remaining service life of metallic nuclear power plant components that have aged during operation.

The second phase of the joint project, which is funded by the BMWi, involves transferring the results, findings and methods previously determined in the first phase of the project to real and actually loaded materials and components used in nuclear power engineering. The WWHK aims at the determination of individual aging conditions that correspond to real damage conditions. Thus, concrete statements can be made regarding the integrity and the remaining lifetime of nuclear power plants.

The further development of the StrainLife method with regard to a multi-parameter approach, in particular to better describe the transition from the LCF to the HCF range, is also a further research focus of this joint project.

Partners in the joint project are TU Dortmund University, Saarland University, MPA University Stuttgart and the Society for Plant and Reactor Safety.

Further information about the joint project can be found here



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In April 2020, the interdisciplinary joint project "TelMa" will start, in which a total of 9 working groups of the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern will work together to develop new possibilities for regenerative medicine. In addition to the project management by Prof. Saumer, the other participants are the working groups of Professors Urschel, Raabe, Brigadski, Braun, Schäfer, Trautmann, Möbius and the WWHK Prof. Starke.

With regard to the start of the project, the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern issued a press release describing the activities within the framework of the research project supported by the Carl-Zeiss Foundation.


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