Cooperative graduate school: Microstructure analysis and process evaluation


Within the second funding phase (second generation of PhD students) of the cooperative graduate school between Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe and Offenburg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, it is planned to bundle and distribute the 12 scholarships to two topic areas: I. Interaction between Microstructures and Mechanics and II. Polycrystalline Microstructures to encourage intensive exchanges between the PhD students of the graduate school. In topic area I, work focuses on the analysis of the bidirectional interaction between microstructural parameters and mechanical load. Topic area II studies the influence of material properties on the formation of polycrystalline grain structures. The physical mechanisms of the development of anomalies of the grain structures and the effect of nanoparticle distributions on the pinning force are investigated. For each topic area, dissertation topics with a strong focus on experiments and theories are planned. The structural properties and process properties predicted in simulations are to be compared with the variables measured experimentally, and necessary adjustments in the modelling or in the experimental setup are to be discussed. Processing the research tasks involves an intensive exchange of the PhD students within the individual topic areas. Moreover, the graduate school possesses cross-thematic joint research content in the characterization of microstructures, in the derivation of structure-property correlations and in the interaction of the formation of microstructures and processes. A cross-thematic exchange is provided by the PhD workshop embedded in the study program.

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