Accounts of experience abroad

Research stay at TUM-Asia, Singapore

From 1 February to 30 April 2017, I had the opportunity to experience different educational and research institutions in Singapore through TUM-Asia and to participate in projects there. Singapore, which has barly any raw materials or other natural resources, makes great efforts to qualify its population. The focus of future production are on topics such as industry 4.0 and additive production. Enormous financial resources are distributed to institutions in the city state, which leads to a high density of excellently equipped laboratories. Particularly noteworthy are the two state universities, the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University, which have extraordinary rankings in the various rankings of the universities.

The project of foreign stay was carried out together with the National University of Singapore (Prof. Gupta). The influence of the process parameters on the microstructure during the laser beam melting of magnesium alloys was researched. A publication of the results is planned in the coming months. At the Nanyang Polytechnic, with the support of two students, we analyzed the influence on the surface quality of additively manufactured aluminum components. During the stay in Singapore, the cooperation between Nanyang Polytechnic and TUM-Asia was also given a legal framework by means of a Memorandum of Understanding.

In addition, it was possible to hold lectures and presentations for TUM-Asia at various events. Particularly noteworthy is a DAAD event at the University of Malaysia Malaysia in Penang, a region in northern Malaysia, which is not only beautiful but also an industrial center in which numerous international companies have invested production facilities.

For Professor Zäh (iwb) and Dr. Dr. (TUM-Asia), I would like to thank you for the opportunity of this foreign stay. Many thanks also to the Graduate School of the TUM for the financial support on the project.

Dominik Schmid, Institute of Machine Tools and Industrial Management

Research stay at the DTU, Denmark

I was at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) from 15.10. to 15.12.16. The DTU is located south of Copenhagen in Lyngby. It is only 35 minutes away from the center of Copenhagen with public transport. With approximately 10,000 students and approximately 5,000 employees, the DTU is one of the largest and also the world's best-rated (THE World University Ranking: Top 200) Nordic universities. During my stay, I had my own workplace in the Division on Engineering Systems (ESD). Prof. Anja Maier has been managing the ESD since the beginning of January 2016. Together with her colleagues, she conducts research into "Understanding and Improving Engineering Systems and Sub-Systems throughout their life circle". I was invited by Prof. Josef Oehmen into the group. He is an associate professor of ESD and a renowned researcher in the area of risk management. During my stay, I worked with Prof. Joana Geraldi, Prof. Josef Oehmen and Verena Stingl in the area of rapid decision-making with the help of heuristics. At the heart of these considerations was the support of decisions in crises during the development of technical products. The main result of the joint work is a publication for the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design 2017 titled "Identifying Product Development Crises: The Potential of Adaptive Heuristics". During my stay I stayed in Hellerup. Hellerup is a beautiful and quiet suburb area of Copenhagen, from which I can reach very convenient Copenhagen and Lyngby. With its many attractions, such as the Tivoli, the harbor or Christiania, Copenhagen is a wonderful city to get to know the Danish culture of life. My travel and living costs in Copenhagen were covered by the Internationalization Voucher and Initiative Fund of the FGZ Mechanical Engineering.
Link to ESD-Homepage: http://www.es.man.dtu.dk

Christopher Münzberg, Chair of Product Development

Research stay at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra

"In mid-March, after a 28-hour long flight, I arrived in Canberra, the capital of Australia, where I was to spend nine weeks carrying out research work at the Australian National University (ANU). Since its foundation, the ANU has always been one of the top 50 universities worldwide and it has also produced six Nobel prize winners. At the moment, 22,500 students are enrolled there. The beautiful university campus extends over 145 hectares. In addition to extensive parkland, the campus offers facilities for Australia's favourite sports: Australian-rules football, rugby and tennis. Canberra itself is surrounded by several national parks in which one can see cockatoos, wallabies, kangaroos, wombats and many other interesting animals. The ANU has a very wide range of special measuring technology and facilities, which I wished to used in my doctoral work. In the course of my stay, I was able to make significant findings using Raman spectroscopy, nano-indentation and special microscopic techniques. The cost of the long journey and the high cost of living in Canberra were luckily covered by an internationalisation voucher and initiative funding, which I had applied for separately. The application for both types of funding was uncomplicated, and it was also processed and approved quickly."
Veronika Radlmeier, Institute of Carbon Composites