Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM provides research and development services to improve and ensure the function, energy efficiency, safety and durability of technical components and systems. The institute supports industrial and service companies in overcoming material technology challenges in all life phases of their products and systems. To this end, Fraunhofer IWM develops methods for evaluating and predicting the properties and behavior of materials in components as well as material solutions and manufacturing processes.

People

Dr. Maxim Zapara

BUSINESS UNIT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AT FAUNHOFER IWM

Maxim joined the Fraunhofer IWM in 2012. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Tula State University in 2004 with a focus on damage mechanics of metals subjected to large plastic deformations. He currently leads the research team “Forging”, whose activities focus on the modelling of material behaviour and microstructure evolution in cold and hot forging processes. In his role as PI,he will coordinate the research activities at the Fraunhofer IWM within the project.

Yoav Nahshon

Business unit manufacturing processes at Fraunhofer IWM

Yoav joined the Fraunhofer IWM in 2019. He received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. As a member of the Data and Knowledge Lab, his main focus of study was databases and information extraction. He currently leads the team “Materials Informatics” whose activities aim prompting interoperability and the FAIR data principles in German and European projects.

Dr. DIRK HELM

BUSINESS UNIT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AT FRAUNHOFER IWM

Dirk joined the Fraunhofer IWM in 2006. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kassel in 2001. The experimental investigation, modelling, and simulation of materials, processes, and components in the framework of thermodynamics is Dirk’s scientific passion. Continuum mechanics and material theory in combination with data science and machine learning are exciting fields of research. Since 2014, Dirk heads the Business Unit Manufacturing Processes at the Fraunhofer IWM. Within the project he will support Maxim by providing his scientific expertise in the scientific coordination of the research activities at the Fraunhofer IWM.

Dr. Lukas Morand

Business Unit Manufacturing Processes at Fraunhofer IWM

Lukas joined the Fraunhofer IWM in 2016. He received his PhD from the University of Freiburg in 2022. His research focuses on data-driven modelling and optimisation of microstructure-property relationships. In the project he will work on the development of machine learning models.

Dr. Lukas Kertsch

Business unit manufacturing processes at Fraunhofer IWM

Lukas joined the Fraunhofer IWM in 2014. He received his PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT in 2022. His research focuses on the development of models for the thermo-chemo-mechanical behaviour and microstructure evolution of metallic materials. He will contribute to the project by developing a mean-field model for microstructure evolution during forging of large turbine shafts and applying the model to process simulations.

Dr. Anandi Kugele

Business Unit Manufacturing Processes at Fraunhofer IWM

Anandi joined the Fraunhofer IWM in 2023. She received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Konstanz in 2022 with a focus on spectroscopic characterization of biomolecules. As a research manager with strong background in publication and research communication, she will contribute to the project by coordinating dissemination activities.

Dr. Jennifer Reichert-Schwärzle

Business Unit manufacturing processes at Fraunhofer IWM

Jennifer joined the Fraunhofer IWM in 2021. She received her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2016 and has a strong background in thermomechanical processing of metals and characterisation techniques. With a focus on experimental set-up, she will contribute to the establishment of an accelerated creep test method within the project.

Connect with the Fraunhofer IWM at