The Institute for Applied Materials IAM-WK focuses on research, teaching and innovation in the field of material structure. Thus the process-, structure- and characteristic-relations are derived. The development of mechanical, thermal and combined methods for the influence of mechanical characteristics are advanced and methods for the characterization of microstructure, stress state and near surface conditions of metallic and polymeric materials, composites and components made from these materials are promoted. Furthermore, practices are developed for the testing of materials and components under different load conditions, especially at dynamic, cyclic and combined loading. With the help of the characterization methods mentioned above these practices are used for the mechanism-oriented assessment of the deformation and failure behaviour. These activities are completed by simulations for the description of work processes and mechanical loading on the basis of mechanism-oriented, micromechanical methods. Thus, the interaction between microstructure and mechanical characteristics as well as between surface and mechanical characteristics is described. The knowledge obtained by this allows for the maximum utilization of a material in a component and for the creation of materials understanding in the product development process.
The IAM-WK admits itself to Humboldt’s principle of unity of research and teaching. This includes offering students a lasting insight into materials science laboratory work as early as possible. Afterwards, these students may be integrated as student assistants. Moreover, lectures are offered that deepen the knowledge of the department’s research fields. Our aim is a well-founded education in materials science where both contents and methods of teaching are always at the highest stage.
The members of staff of the IAM-WK are mostly attached to the following KIT-Fields of Competence: applied and new materials, mobile syst ems and mobility engineering, microtechnology and power plant technology. Our task and chance within the KIT-process is to carry on the transfer of research work into large-scale research of the HGF and to pursue innovation not only through personal transfer but also to strengthen in the fields of key competences. Therefore, combined methods are used, often in cooperation with internal and external partners, to promote projects which are financed either publicly or industrially. This offers a proportion of knowledge driven work to application driven work of 2:1.