Junior Research Groups
The broad field of experimental and virtual testing, modelling and scientific computing in engineering sciences are the main topics of the research work at the MUSIC Graduate School. The area of research is highly relevant to industrial applications such as civil or mechanical engineering and the aircraft industry. Many unsolved problems arise, for example, in the aircraft and car industries, where the damage and fracturing process of modern lightweight structures is of great value. This is related to the increased use of laminated composite materials, which are highly specialized. In order to assess the lifespans of such materials and structures it is often necessary to use multiscale approaches, which span scales from micrometres to metres. Other structures, e.g. built in mechanical and civil engineering, rely on heterogeneous materials. Virtual testing at different length scales will lead to a better understanding of these materials and will help to optimize materials with a distinct microstructure.
Since all virtual tests have to be performed in three-dimensional settings, it is necessary to develop robust and efficient methods for numerical simulations in order to be able to compare experiments. Consequently, as scientific computing becomes more and more important, the graduate school has undertaken significant efforts to improve its research capabilities. Besides significant investment in the new high-performance cluster (see “Facilities”), in the meantime three Junior Research Groups have been established which are led by researchers with international qualifications and expertise.