Methods and Technologies

Material Synthesis and –modification
  • soft/colloid chemical synthesis of nanoparticles
  • chemical vapour deposition (CVD)
  • physical vapour deposition (PVD)
  • powder metallurgy
  • flame spray pyrolysis
  • melt atomization
  • etc.
Production Processes
  • printing technologies, functional printing
  • photolithography
  • precision machining
  • div. powder metallurgy processes
  • metal injection moulding
  • plastic injection moulding
  • spray deposition
  • rapid manufacturing, rapid prototyping
  • high pressure die casting
  • lost foam casting
  • gravity die casting
  • sand casting
  • precision machining
  • sintering
  • resin transfer moulding (RTM)
  • lamination processes for FRP manufacture
  • pultrusion processes
  • etc.
Analytics and Characterisation
  • standard metallographic techniques
  • scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
  • x-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS)
  • thermal analysis (DSC, DTA, TG)
  • atomic emission spectroscopy (AES)
  • specific surface area determination (BET)
  • trace element analysis (N, O, S, …)
  • dual beam focussed ion beam facilities (FIB)
  • sinter dilatometry
  • access to synchrotron radiation facility
  • etc.
Simulation methods
  • Finite element method (FEM) using ABAQUS/explicit®
  • dedicated tools for simulation of manufacturing processes sucha s casting, P/M or FRP processes etc.
  • multi-agent based simulation (MABS)
  • phase transformation and equilibrium phase using Thermocalc®
  • diffusion processes using Dictra®
  • ab-initio methods (DFT, …)
  • etc.