CRC TRR 188 – Damage-controlled forming processes


The provision of highly stressable, efficient components for various applications is one of the main engineering challenges in Germany as a highly developed industrial country. In order to produce such components from metal materials, forming processes are of central importance, as they can both optimise the geometric shape and influence important properties of the component. In contrast to damage, forming-induced strain hardening, residual stresses, and the microstructure influenced by the possible heat treatment can already be controlled and used to improve the performance of the component. In order to fully utilise the potential of modern material concepts and forming processes for the realisation of optimally performing components, a paradigm shift in the handling of damage is imperative. The guiding principle of SFB TRR188 is to view damage as controllable instead of failure. The goals of the Collaborative Research Centre are the development of an in-depth understanding of the damage processes during forming, the quantitative prediction of damage evolution and the targeted adjustment of damage states with regard to component performance.

Sub-Project Equal Opportunities


Within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center Transregio 188 Damage-controlled forming processes, the GDI is researching the implementation of a diversity management approach in complex organizational structures. The central task here is the development of a concept within the framework of a system-theoretical approach, which enables the anchoring of the diversity management approach in the organizationalculture and structure of the Collaborative Research Centre. Mechanisms of human-centered and diversity-sensitive change management will also be applied. In the form of lectures, panel discussions,and workshops, best practice approaches of relevant actors from science and business will bepresented and discussed, and the findings of the scientific discourse will be evaluated from a social science perspective.




Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals 9, 10 and 16 © UN

Diversity and a non-discriminatory, inclusive working environment offer a multitude of opportunities and social as well as economic advantages in innovation processes. In this context, the implementation of diversity management in engineering-based research networks is examined.

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SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities