Access e.V. is a private, economically independent research center at RWTH Aachen University. The essential corporate objective is application-oriented research in cooperation with industry to ensure the effective transfer of fundamental knowledge to industrial application. One focus is the development and optimization of casting materials and casting processes, which are carried out by Access e.V. within the framework of publicly funded research contracts and direct industrial contracts.
Advanced Materials and Processes (AMAP)
In the AMAP research cluster, research is conducted in the field of materials technology of nonferrous metals as well as their production and processing. Currently, ten industrial companies together with four university institutes of RWTH form a cooperative research cluster. The close cooperation in concrete and coordinated projects allows both the generation of new ideas and the efficient implementation of the objectives through the extensive knowledge of the partners involved. This not only opens up perspectives for profitable project and strategy development, but also minimizes individual risk in the implementation of complex projects. AMAP is characterized by joint research at a central location (Aachen) as well as cross-industry and cross-institutional research.
Center for Digital Photonic Production (CDPP)
Light as a tool in production
In a joint initiative of six faculties, RWTH Aachen University was awarded the contract for a large-scale research building funded by the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The research building Center for Digital Photonic Production, short CDPP, provides the roof for the development of process chains based on the interaction of the active medium light with matter. The research spectrum covers almost the entire field of industrial production and in particular additive manufacturing. Together with the Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy at RWTH Aachen University, the Foundry Institute is working on the aspect of metal powder production. For this purpose, the institute's own analytical facilities and a powder atomization plant are available as part of the research building. Research activities will focus on the special development and production of powders for additive laser manufacturing processes. Furthermore, the targeted energy input by the laser manufacturing process is to be used in particular to define local material properties down to the microscopic range.
Corrosion Network (CorroNet)Copyright: © GI RWTH
CorroNet is the competence network between RWTH Aachen University, Forschungszentrum Jülich and the DECHEMA Research Institute, with the aim of strengthening the broad innovative subject area of corrosion in a national and ternationally forward-looking manner. In addition to institutes and chairs at RWTH Aachen University, which include the two chairs of the Foundry Institute, the network also includes the Institute for Energy and Climate Research of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the DECHEMA Research Institute. In total, this network already provides about 160 scientific staff in Aachen, Jülich and Frankfurt am Main as well as an excellent infrastructure. The object of CorroNet is research and development as well as education and training in the fields of corrosion, corrosion protection and functional surfaces. The content is oriented towards both basic research and applications. In the future, CorroNet is to become one of the most important international centers of excellence.
Aluminium Engineering Center Aachen e.V. (AEC)
Ten university institutes of RWTH Aachen University from the faculties of "Georesources and Materials Engineering" and "Mechanical Engineering" have joined forces in the Aluminium Engineering Center Aachen e.V., with the participation of the Foundry Institute. What they all have in common is their work with aluminum. In total, the institutes in the aec represent more than 250 employees. One focus of the network is to improve education in the field of aluminum technologies. In addition to educational offerings, the focus is on interdisciplinary research and development in order to fully exploit the potential of aluminum as a material. Thanks to the diversity of its partners, the aec offers broad expertise in the fields of materials science, primary forming, joining and applications in the construction and automotive industries.
Academic Interest Group Foundry Technology (akaGuss)
The Foundry Institute is a founding member of the Academic Interest Group Foundry Technology. It is a working group of professors who are committed to increasing the importance of foundry technology in universities and in the industry. The aim is to exchange opinions and information regarding teaching and research at universities and to significantly increase the visibility of production technology, materials science and materials engineering. The university lecturers at akaGuss contribute their specific expertise to the committees of the German Foundry Association, because the innovative capability of the foundry industry depends directly on research and development efforts and academic university education. Ongoing cooperation with industry results in close networking as a basis for gaining new knowledge that leads to innovations and thus to strengthening the industry. The focus areas and specialties of the individual institutes are diverse, wide-ranging and highly complementary.
Society for Corrosion Protection e.V. (GfKORR)
GfKORR - Gesellschaft für Korrosionsschutz e.V. - was founded in 1995 by the merger of VDKORR (Verein Deutscher Korrosionsfachleute e.V.) and AGK (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Korrosion und Korrosionsschutz e.V.) and represents an interdisciplinary association of experts from industry, research and trade. The objective of the non-profit technical-scientific society is the prevention of corrosion and its consequences. The exchange of experience as well as the promotion of research and further education help to achieve this goal. Within GfKORR, there are specific working groups for relevant areas of corrosion and corrosion protection in which the Chair of Corrosion and Corrosion Protection is represented by its membership and is actively involved in the processing and solution of current issues.
Scientific Working Group Materials Technology e.V. (WAW e.V.)
WAW e.V. is the association of 35 university professors of materials engineering, in which the Foundry Institute is represented by membership. The purpose of the working group is the scientific and professional promotion of materials engineering, with a focus on metals, ceramics and composites. It coordinates university research interests through coordination with other working groups. The WAW exchanges experience and maintains contacts with research institutions, associations and funding agencies and promotes the interests of materials technology.
Cooperative network for structural materials (StrucMat)
Cooperation with non-university research institutions
The cooperative network for structural materials StrucMat, founded in 2014, is a network for the strategic bundling of activities in the field of structural materials. In addition to the institutes of RWTH - with the participation of the Foundry Institute - it also includes the non-university partners at the Research Center Jülich, the DLR in Cologne, the MPI for Iron Research in Düsseldorf and the DECHEMA Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main. With around 35 colleagues, the network represents a significant clustering of materials activities in the Aachen, Jülich, Cologne and Düsseldorf region.