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Grant Awarded for Study of Metallic Material Behavior Under Complex Strain
There are many unanswered questions surrounding the processing of metallic materials relevant for industrial production, such as deformation mechanisms that are crucial in pressing car parts from sheet metal. Conducted by Helena Van Swygenhoven, materials researcher at the Paul Scherrer Institute and professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the project MULTIAX will study the behavior of metal if it is stretched in different directions and the strain paths change. Van Swygenhoven has received an advanced grant of EUR 2.5 million from the European Research Council (ERC), which supports particularly outstanding projects.
One standout feature of the project is that the behavior is to be studied on three different length scales—from the smallest, where the atomic structure will be observed, to the largest, where entire metal parts are to be examined. “Only by studying the processes...