Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Bambach has been appointed professor at ETH Zurich and therefore leaves the TRR 188 to accept a chair in Switzerland. Beforehand, he held the Chair of Mechanical Design and Manufacturing at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and operated as subproject leader in the TRR 188 since the application for the Collaborative Research Center.

We congratulate Prof. Bambach and wish him all the best for his future.


Prof. Dr. mont. Christoph Kirchlechner has been appointed professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology where he is Head of the Institute for Applied Materials - Materials and Biomechanics (IAM-WBM) since January 2020. He remains a valuable member and subproject leader of the TRR 188.

We congratulate Prof. Kirchlechner and we are looking forward to ongoing collaboration.


The European Research Council has approved the application "Fundamental Building Blocks - Understanding plasticity in complex crystals based on their simplest, intergrown units" by Prof. Dr. Sandra Korte-Kerzel. The project investigates the fundamental building blocks of complex crystal structures since the mechanical properties (e.g. strength or resistance to sudden fracture failure) of numerous intermetallic phases are still unknown. The results are supposed to support the search for new structural materials displaying high strength and temperature resistance, which qualify for a prospective technological implementation.


The TRR 188 welcomes Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bergs as a new member. Prof. Thomas Bergs has already succeeded Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Fritz Klocke as holder of the Chair of Manufacturing Technology at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and as member of the directory at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WLZ) of RWTH Aachen University and Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT. As of March 1, 2019 he also takes over the leadership of project A06 “Damage influence in deep drawing”.

Much to our regret Prof. Klocke ends his active participation in the TRR 188. We would like to thank him for his hard work and his dedication which contributed to the successful initiation of the TRR 188. Without his commitment the CRC/Transregio would not have been formed in its current shape. We wish Prof. Klocke all the best for his personal future.


On November 15, 2018, the CRC/Transregio 188 invited to its first industrial colloquium in the Dortmund Congress Centre, Germany. Latest research results on the subject of "Damage controlled forming processes" were presented to more than 100 international participants in 12 lectures and an accompanying poster presentation. The focus was on the analysis and characterization of damage on different scales as well as the influence of damage evolution in sheet metal and bulk forming processes. The variety of application examples presented by the speakers from industry and renowned research institutes as well as the great response from the participants underlined the high relevance of the topic for manufacturing technology.


At the conference of Materials Science and Engineering in Darmstadt in September, the TRR 188 offers a symposium on the topic of "Damage in Metal Forming". Recent scientific developments in the field of damage mechanics guided design of metal forming processes, modeling of damage initiation and accumulation mechanisms during cold and hot forming as well as the characterization of microstructural damage mechanisms in 2D and 3D will be presented and discussed with representatives of the European materials community.

Symposium organizers are Prof. Tekkaya and Dr. Clausmeyer from the IUL of TU Dortmund University and Prof. Münstermann from the IEHK of RWTH Aachen University.


The principal investigator of the project A02 Noomane Ben Khalifa has been appointed Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht on May 1, 2018. He was previously chief engineer for research at the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Components at TU Dortmund University and was very involved in the application phase for the TRR 188. His research focused on bulk forming. The TRR 188 wishes him all the best for the establishment of the newly founded chair.


The industrial advisory board accompanying the research work of the TRR 188 met in the guest house of RWTH Aachen University on November 22, 2017. The focus of this session was the presentation of the objectives and the basic concept of the TRR 188 as well as its subprojects.


The CRC/Transregio 188 first introduced itself to a larger international audience at the "International Conference on Technology of Plasticity, ICTP" in Cambridge, United Kingdom. As part of a poster stand, the basic idea of the TRR 188 and the first selected results were presented from 17 to 22 September 2017. Numerous expert discussions with conference participants led to stimulating discussions and feedback on the topic of forming-induced damage.


To promote young scientists, the first doctoral seminar took place at TU Dortmund University from June 28 to 29, 2017. On both days the doctoral students of the TRR 188 were offered topics as "Scientific Publishing”, “Introduction to Optimization", and "The Virtual Exchange Platform". The aim of these doctoral seminars is the communication of working methods, the use of software and measuring methods as well as specialist knowledge. The seminar ended with a social event in the evening, giving the participants the chance of getting to know each other during a barbecue.