Today’s industry uses modern materials and material combinations (multi-material design). Especially in the field of lightweight engineering, it is essential that joining techniques meet requirements Multi-material design is found in most sectors of industry and poses a major challenge regarding the joining technologies used. Many modern materials and their combinations can only be joined to a certain degree with conventional techniques or even not at all. For this reason, existing joining technologies need to be further developed and research into new joining technologies carried out.
Extensive experience has been gained in joining technologies such welding or soldering, as well as in automating these processes. However, due to the enormous demands placed on the joins, using these joining methods is often no longer an option. The Department of Lightweight Construction Technologies addresses this problem by combining different techniques and optimizing processes, for example by superimposing vibrations. We also actively conduct research on state-of-the-art joining technologies, such as friction sir welding and bonding, to identify and further exploit their potential.