The new chair for Foundry Technology under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Fehlbier has started its work in teaching and research since 1st of October 2012.
The chair was implemented by the support of Prof. Dr. Becker from Volkswagen Kassel with the objective to ensure the increasing demand on junior staff of excellent educated foundry engineers in theoretical and practical aspects and also to ensure and widen the technology know-how in the field of cast light weight components and structure parts. For this reasons Volkswagen decided to support the installation of the new chair with the amount of 1 million €. Another objective is to lift the quality of coopertion in research and development between university, OEM and supplier on a fully new and excellent level. For this purpose it is planned to install an industrial research network for innovative lightweight cast technology at the university.
The lectures and teaching of the chair for foundry technology will take place at the campus of Kassel University in the north of the city. The research field and the labors of the new chair are located in the south of Kassel, about 5 minutes distance from the volkswagen foundry; the biggest in Europe with its nearly 70 aluminum and magnesium high-pressure die-casting machines up to 4.400 tons.
The director of the Foundry-Institute, Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Fehlbier, has made his Dr.-degree at RWTH Aachen University under Prof. P.R. Sahm and has worked for the last 4 years at Volkswagen Kassel as the leader of the Technology-Center of the foundry and was also responsible for production of light-weight structure components, especially for Volkswagen and Audi. Before he has worked for Kolbenschmidt-Pierburg AG in Nettetal-Gemany, and was responsible for the foundry, tooling, construction/simulation and cast development.
The scientific orientation of the subject consists in the development and characterization of new light-weight materials and applications and in the development of innovative technologies and processes for their production and processing with focus on high-pressure die casting and chill casting. Another focus will be layed on the construction of the parts and the optimization of their damaging behavior.