Research alliance developing aluminium-based, light-metal alloys

More safety and weight reduction through additive manufacturing: Together with the companies Oerlikon and Linde, the Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich is researching novel manufacturing methods and materials.

In October the 'Bavarian Additive Manufacturing Cluster' was launched within the framework of the TUM.Additive initiative, in which the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and several companies will research and develop new additive manufacturing processes on the university campus. Together with the Swiss technology company Oerlikon and the industrial gas producer Linde, the Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics will now work on finding solutions to meet the great demand from the aerospace industry for more security and weight reduction.

In the development of high-strength light-metal alloys based on aluminium, the research-alliance partners will each contribute their own high-tech expertise to this highly complex specialist area. The Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics has at its disposal an in-depth understanding of the physical processes which arise during additive manufacture. Half of the cost of the research project, with a volume of 1.7 million Euros, will be borne by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy.

The TUM.Additive initiative, which developed out of the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering, brings together in an interdisciplinary approach the competences of over 30 chairs and institutes in research, innovation and teaching – including many from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

For TUM press release see:

Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (AER) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering:

TUM.Additive strategy paper (PDF):

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