Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Institut für Angewandte Materialien – Werkstoffkunde (IAM–WK)
Campus Süd
Engelbert-Arnold-Straße 4
D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany)


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has been founded in October 2009 as a merger of the former
Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Centre and the Technische Hochschule (University) Karlsruhe. It is divided
into a university sector and a large-scale research sector with a number of scientific facilities and
organisational units rendering infrastructure and administration services.
Centres and focuses are organisational units bundling KIT research projects. They are the basis of
strategic research planning. Research and development activities of the large-scale research sector are
embedded in the superordinate program structure of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association and focus
on four research areas with a total of twelve programs. Research work in the university sector is carried
out in eleven departments.
The Presidential Committee is responsible for managing KIT.
The Institute for Applied Materials (IAM-WK) with Prof. Heilmaier holding the chair of Metallic
Materials is located within the department of Materials Science and has currently a permanent scientific
staff of four full professors and five senior researchers. Besides, more than 10 permanent technicians
support the scientific staff in conducting research and teaching. Additionally, about 25 scientists and PhD
students are currently funded by different external sources. While the German degree of Dipl.-Ingenieur
expires, students can now obtain bachelor and masters degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as in
Materials Science in the department.
The research topics are chosen in close collaboration with industrial needs, primarily in the fields of
aerospace and automotive engineering with a mutual dissemination of results. A large number of test
and analytical facilities are available also in close and mutual collaboration with the other chairs in the
department in a wide range of domains ranging from powder metallurgy and microstructural and
mechanical characterisation.
Being active for up to thirty years in materials science and engineering, we have gained a substantial
expertise, especially in the following areas related to the submitted project:
· alloy development and manufacturing of multiphase multi-component alloys by powder metallurgical
techniques, in particular seven years of experience on refractory-metal-based alloys including Mo-
Si-B multiphase alloys (publishing already five papers in archival journals in this field);
· microstructural studies (SEM+EBSD, TEM+EDX+FIB, AFM, EPMA, X-ray analysis, image analysis);
· investigation of mechanical properties of various materials (silicide based materials, etc.) from room
temperature up to over 1300°C and analysis of deformation and fracture mechanisms applying
creep, low and high cycle fatigue, and fracture mechanics testing.
KIT in general already participated in several European projects as partners, most recently in the FP6 ULTMAT (Heilmaier as partner UMAG) project in the field of high temperature structural silicide materials.