IAM - Computational Materials Science

Jana Holland-Cunz, M.Sc.

  • Institut für Angewandte Materialien
    Computational Materials Science (IAM-CMS)
    MZE - Geb. 30.48
    Straße am Forum 7
    76131 Karlsruhe


By employing aqueous polymer-surfactant foams as a precursor, they enable a new manufacturing process for metal foams. Within the framework of the research initiative InSeL[1], my research project is involved in modelling and simulating these liquid foams.

Through my work, the question as to which material parameters have to be changed to adjust the foam properties is to be answered. The phase-field software package PACE3D is used for the numerical modelling and simulation. This software package is developed in the research group supervised by Professor Britta Nestler and is constantly optimised and extended.

Currently, my focus is on both the configurational modelling of individual gas bubbles and on the investigation of the fundamental processes involved in the foam evolution, where the analysis of the foam evolution plays an important role.

The objective of my project is the modelling and simulation of the temporal development of a three-dimensional foam, by considering the previously investigated fundamental processes. The results of this study are to be validated through experimental observations.

[1] InSel: Innovative foam structures for an efficient lightweight design

The research project InSel (innovative foam structures for an efficient lightweight design) is a research initiative in Baden-Wuerttemberg, for research on lightweight design, which consists of an association of different universities, extramural institutions and companies, in which the IAM of the KIT is involved. It includes joint research, but also the communication of research results to companies, as well as the networking of the members of the project InSel with other research projects.