From 1976 to 2014 – More than 37 years of metal forming at Technische Universität Darmstadt
The institute’s history
Technical research and teachings look back on a 120 year old tradition in Darmstadt. In 1976, metal forming evolved from the Institute for Machine Tools. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Schmoeckel became head of the new founded Institute for Metal Forming (IfU). Since 1989 the institute bears today’s name Institute for Production Engineering and Forming Machines (PtU) and is led by Professor Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Peter Groche since 1999.
The test area on campus Lichtwiese is equipped with numerous test facilities and machine tools. By employing a mechanical workshop with 20 skilled workers and trainees, forming tools and test rigs can be manufactured locally. In 2007 a second experimenting hall, built for the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 666, opened for more experimenting capacities. Modern computer hardware enables the efficient use of state-of-the-art simulation and design software and the latest measurement technologies in research. The equipment is completed by student multimedia workstations as well as a training kit to perform hands-on exercises in the new tutorial “Control of Forming Machines”.
Since the early days of the institute, the number of employees constantly rose to currently 39 scientific assistants. Preserving this positive development over the years confirms the good reputation which the institute has gained at funding organisations and industrial partners. Additionally, the PtU employs 11 administrative and technological members of staff as well as about 70 student research assistants.
The Institute for Production Engineering and Forming Machines, led by Professor Dr. Ing. Dipl. Wirtsch. Ing. Peter Groche, is organised in three technical departments:
- Process chains and forming units
- Process development
- Tribology and surface technology
»Process chains and forming units« mainly addresses the examination of entire production processes and the increase of their productivity and stability. Technological subjects are in particular roll forming, tube hydroforming and the development of servo-driven presses.
»Process development« deals with the redevelopment and enhancement of forming processes to achieve both technological and economical advantages. Current projects deal with roll forming, incremental bulk forming and hydroforming.
»Tribology and surface technology« dedicates itself to the characterization and improvement of tribological interactions within system boundaries of tool materials, semi-finished parts and process materials. The institute provides applicable test stands for bulk and sheet metal forming, hydroforming and cutting.