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Since its establishment, the Chair of Materials Test Engineering (WPT) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of TU Dort­mund University has been headed by Prof. Dr. Frank Walther.

Materials testing technology provides the data and decision basis for the development, design and manufacture of operationally reliable high-performance products for all sectors of industry. Successful material selection, quality control, component monitoring and failure analysis are based on the accurate determination of chemical composition, microstructure and defect structure, material properties and damage evolution, complemented by powerful modelling and simulation methods. In addition to material qualification and manufacturing optimisation, the identification and separation of fundamental deformation and damage mechanisms, structural integrity and service life prediction is of great importance.

In research and teaching, basic and application-oriented topics of destructive and non-destructive, microscopic and mechanical material and component testing are treated. Innovative measurement and testing methods, their coupled application and further development in line with requirements, create the basis for the experimental determination of the deformation behaviour and the damage initiation or evolution. In-situ analysis techniques and digital evaluation routines ensure to correlate the microstructure and defect features with the local performance and implement them in modelling approaches. The complexity of the requirements is increasing due to the advancement of material systems and process techniques in terms of tailored structural and performance gradients.

Microstructure and mechanism-based characterisation of the fatigue behaviour of established and newly developed materials and components from the low-cycle LCF to very-high-cycle VHCF fatigue range, including high-temperature and corrosive environments, represents a key skill (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1: Main research areas at the WPT (click to enlarge)

The evaluation of process-structure-property relationships on different scales for steels, light metals, composites and additively manufactured materials under mechanical-thermal-medial loading is of great relevance for the basic scientific research and the application-related development (Fig. 2).

Fig. 2: Materials-specific research groups at the WPT (click to enlarge).

In interdisciplinary working groups of structural analysis, measurement and testing technology, biomaterials, modelling and simulation, as well as digitalization, topics are clustered, evaluated with regard to transfer, and solution concepts for interdisciplinary research emphases are developed and validated (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3: Materials-unspecific working groups at the WPT (click to enlarge)

You can find the presentation of the Chair of Materials Test Engineering on YouTube.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B1/A40. The best interstate exit to take from A45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen (6)" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B1/A40 "Dort­mund-Barop (44)" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Follow the signs towards Campus-Süd.

The Chair of Materials Test Engineering (WPT) is located in the "Maschinenbau III" building, which can be reached via entrance 41, where parking spaces are available. The secretariat is located on the third floor in E 03 - room 3.027.

For the approach to the TU Dort­mund University you will find the navigation on Google Maps.

Address for navigation devices:

Baroper Straße 303

D-44227 Dortmund


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg. From there, Campus Süd, where the Department of Materials Test Engineering (WPT) is located, can be reached in five minutes via the H-Bahn in the direction of "Eichlinghofen" or "Campus Süd".

After leaving the H-Bahn station "Campus Süd" cross the small street and go straight forward. Take the stairs (elevator on the left side).
Turn right directly under the canopy, go approximately 200 m, the Building "Maschinenbau III" is at the end of the path.

The office is located on the third floor in E03 - room 3.027.

Dortmund's public transport company DSW21 offers an interactive route network map with timetable information.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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