As part of the 36th IDDRG Conference 2017 "Materials Modeling and Testing for Sheet Metal Forming" the TRR 188 offered a “Mini Symposium”.
Renowned scientists had registered to give a talk on the topic “Damage and fracture in sheet metal forming”. Chairmen were Prof. Tekkaya and Dr. Clausmeyer from the IUL of TU Dortmund University.


The kick-off meeting on the occasion of the start of the first funding period of the TRR 188 took place on March 17, 2017 at TU Dortmund University. It was organized by the Institute for Forming Technology and Lightweight Components, having the spokesmanship of the TRR 188. The meeting was intended to give TRR 188 members the chance to get to know each other and to present their projects. In addition, organizational bases and various agreements for the successful work of the collaborative research center were launched.


Our colleague Dr. Christoph Kirchlechner from the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize by the DFG and the BMBF on May 3, 2017. It is the most important award for young scientists in Germany.

Christoph Kirchlechner was honored for his outstanding investigations on the deformation and failure of materials in mesoscopic dimensions. The innovative method of micro-Laue diffraction, which he has helped to develop, will also be used within the work of the TRR 188. It provides the first "live" insights into the accumulation of displacements at grain and phase limits during deformation, which enable a direct correlation of the mechanical properties with the underlying defect structure.


The German Research Foundation (DFG) approved the establishment of the Collaborative Research Center "Damage-Controlled Forming Processes" in November 2016. The funding amounts to more than 8 million Euros for the first four years. This major project is jointly organized by TU Dortmund University (head institution) and the RWTH Aachen University. Spokesperson of the TRR 188 is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E. h. A. Erman Tekkaya of the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Components (IUL) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Dortmund University. Further participating institutions are the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) and the Max- Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH in Düsseldorf.

The aim of the CRC/Transregios 188 is to investigate a fundamental understanding of the damage mechanisms and their effects on the product properties in order to be able to quantify the degree of damage of a component in the long term, to control it, and to be able to adjust it specifically along the process chain.