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Department of Computer Science
Mercator Research Center Ruhr Research Project

Virtual Machining

Especially in the age of digitalization, the virtualization of manufacturing processes is becoming more and more important. The development of digital twins and digital shadows offers the possibility to design, analyze and adapt processes virtually. The aim of the funded project is to establish a new focus of "Virtual Machining", in which the disciplines of computer science and mechanical engineering are interdisciplinarily combined.

The initial projects include a close combination of the disciplines of materials engineering, mechanics and virtual machining along the materials chain in order to develop new models for process simulation taking material history into account. In the context of this UA Ruhr research project, which is funded by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr and the Mercator Foundation, a cooperation with the Chair of Materials Engineering (LWT) of the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Institute of Mechanics of the University Duisburg-Essen is formed to investigate the chip formation process along the material chain.

Microstructure characterization
REM image of a chip
Simulation of chip formation
Process simulation of a milling process