Research areas


The Chair’s activities revolves around four main research objectives :

  1. Understand the influence of high temperature deformation parameters and develop material models to simulate conditions encountered in industrial practice.
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  3. Identify the micromechanisms responsible for the evolution of the mechanical properties of formed parts under industrial working conditions.
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  5. Optimize current forming processes and develop new alloys and new thermomechanical processes, using high temperature deformation testing, with a view to mapping microstructure evolution of the investigated materials:
    • Determine the phase transformation kinetics; investigate static, dynamic, and metadynamic recrystallization phenomena; investigate precipitation kinetics of secondary phases before and after phase transformation.
    • Study the influence of the strain path and crystalline texture on microstructure behaviour during forming.
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  6. Develop reliable methods allowing the realistic prediction of mechanical behaviour during the various stages of forming:
    • Identification of micromechanisms responsible for the presence of microstructural heterogeneities, which lead to the deterioration of mechanical properties.
    • Development of simulation tools, based on thermodynamics and kinetics studies, in order to predict the occurrence of microstructural heterogeneities, as a function of process parameters.
    • Development of constitutive equations taking into account microstructure evolution to predict and control the macroscopic behaviour.
    • Design and application of simulation models for forging and heat treatment processes, based on the actual behaviour of the material.