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The Department of Materials Test Engineering (WPT) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of TU Dort­mund University has been headed by Prof. Dr. Frank Walther since the establishment in December 2010.

With the help of modern measurement and inspection processes, supported by optimized analysis and evaluation techniques, Materials Test Engineering provides the data base for construction and production as well as for virtual development of reliable high performance products for different industries. Materials Test Engineering is used as decision guidance for material selection, quality control, component monitoring and damage analysis. This is facilitated by determining the chemical composition, analysing microstructural properties with light, electron beams and X-rays, determining material properties and characteristic values by means of destructive and non-destructive testing methods as well as developing methods for material modelling and calculation. Apart from suitable qualification of materials and optimization of industrial production processes, activities concerning structural health monitoring – for continuous monitoring of structural integrity of highly stressed component systems – as well as approaches for precise calculation of remaining fatigue life are gaining in importance.

Research and teaching deal with basic- and application-oriented topics in the field of destructive and non-destructive materials and components testing. Diverse measurement and test techniques are applied to characterize process-structure-property-relationships, evaluate deformation behaviour and fatigue damage progresses and calculate remaining fatigue life of mainly metal- and polymer-based construction materials, joinings and components. Thereby the microstructural and mechanism-based characterization of the behaviour from Low-Cycle-Fatigue- (LCF-) to Very-High-Cycle-Fatigue- (VHCF-) range is a key subject. The key qualifications and major fields of activity are presented in Fig. 1.

Fig. 1: Key Qualifications (click to enlarge)

The main modules of the investigation strategy (Fig. 2) are the analysis of materials and microstructures, the application of process- and product-optimized measurement techniques for material, joining and component characterization as well as the modelling of properties and the calculation of lifetime. It should be noted that the microstructure “as fingerprint” affects the mechanical properties. The exact assessment of the influence of production, environmental and service conditions on basic material parameters targets optimized property profiles and enhanced functional safety of components.

Fig. 2: Investigation Strategy (click to enlarge)

The worked on topics range from scientific fundamental research to applied (bilateral) development and analysis services for industrial companies.

The scientific and industrial research projects deal with investigations concerning steels, light metals, composites and additive manufactured materials (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3: Research groups (click to enlarge)

Solution approaches for interdisciplinary main research fields are developed in group-wide competence fields Structural Analysis, Measurement and Test Engineering, Biomaterials and Modelling and Simulation (Fig. 4).

Fig. 4: Competence fields (click to enlarge)

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 Department 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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