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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Frank Walther – Head of Department

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Frank Walther – Head of Department Photo of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Frank Walther

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since 2010 University Professor, Head of Department of Materials Test Engineering (WPT), TU Dortmund University
since 2020 Visiting Professor, National University of Science and Technology (MISIS), Moscow, Russia
2016 - 2020 Visiting Professor, Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), Chengdu, China
2014 - 2019 Visiting Professor, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Vladivostok, Russia
2008 - 2010 Head of Public Private Partnership (PPP), Corporate Innovation and Knowledge Management, Corporate Engineering, Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG, Herzogenaurach
2002 - 2008 Senior Scientific Assistant, Head of Cyclic Deformation Behaviour, Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, TU Kaiserslautern University
1997 - 2002 Scientific Assistant, Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, TU Kaiserslautern Univ.



2007 Habilitation, Dr.-Ing. habil., Materials Science and Engineering, TU Kaiserslautern Univ.
2002 PhD, Dr.-Ing., TU Kaiserslautern Univ.
1997 Diploma, Dipl.-Ing., TU Kaiserslautern Univ.
1992 - 1997 Study of Mechanical Engineering, Majoring in Materials Science and Engineering, TU Kaiserslautern Univ.


Main Research Areas

  • Metallography: Process-structure-property relationships
  • Fatigue behaviour: Low to very high cycle fatigue (LCF-VHCF), manufacturing and service influences, corrosion and high temperature fatigue
  • Physical measurement techniques for condition monitoring
  • Damage accumulation and (remaining) lifetime calculation approaches
  • Mechanism-oriented modeling of materials behaviour
  • Failure analysis



Bachelor of Science

  • Lecture Angewandte Werkstofftechnik (SoSe)
  • Lecture Messtechnik (WiSe)
  • Lecture Werkstoffprüfung für Ingenieure/innen (SoSe)
  • Lecture Zerstörende Werkstoff- und Bauteilprüfung (SoSe)
  • Lecture Schwingfestigkeit (WiSe)


Master of Science

  • Lecture Werkstoffe der Verkehrs- und Medizintechnik (SoSe)
  • Lecture Mikroskopie und Mikroanalytik (WiSe)


Master of Science in Manufacturing Technology (MMT)

  • Lecture Fatigue Behaviour (SoSe)
  • Lecture Measurement Engineering (WiSe)





  • WAW – Scientific Working Group of University Professors of Materials Engineering
  • DGM-Executive Board, Head of DGM Young Talent Committee, 2015 – 2018
  • VDI-Executive Board, Westphalian District Association e.V., 2015 – 2018
  • DGM/DVM/VDEh-Programme Committee Materials Testing Conference
  • DGM-Technical Committee Materials Behaviour under Mechanical Loading – DGM/DVM Working
    Group Materials Fatigue
  • DGM-Technical Committee Magnesium – Working Group Construction Materials
  • DGM-Technical Committee Hybrid Materials and Structures
  • GAK – Collective Committee Bonding Technique



A collective list of the publications can be reviewed here.



A collective list of the presentations can be reviewed here.