New materials and material composites are at the centre of future challenges in a wide range of application areas, e.g. in healthcare, medical technology and solution strategies related to climate change, resource conservation, energy supply and storage. Knowledge of the properties of materials and their intended areas of application enable the improvement of technical components and the development of new modules.
The research group at INT, RU Microstructure Simulation has been working for 25 years on the development of new material models on the microstructure scale, taking into account multi-physical fields such as phase states, mass and heat transport, thermo- and chemo-mechanics, fluid flow and electrochemistry, and on the creation of a parallel simulation software Pace3D for the calculation of microstructures with high detail resolution in large-scale 3D domains using current high-performance computers. The research work in the field of computer-aided materials research with the special focus on microstructure simulation on high-performance computers and data analysis of material-property relationships is carried out across universities at the Institute for Applied Materials and the Institute for Nanotechnology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and at the Institute for Digital Materials Research at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Research groups with specifically oriented research profiles have been established in the various material-physical focal points of microstructure simulation and data analysis.
In the past two decades, microstructure simulation has taken on a key role for materials and component development as well as for process optimisation in industry and science. Calculations with a resolution in the micrometre range make a significant contribution to data-driven material development and represent a link in multiscale material modelling from atomistics to macroscopic treatment. [...]