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IIP-Technische Universitat Dortmund (TU Dortmund University)
Dortmund, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Program Type: Internship
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Technische Universitat Dortmund

Organization Overview

Since its founding 50 years ago, TU Dort­mund University has developed a special profile encompassing 16 faculties ranging from science and engineering to social sciences and culture studies. The university has about 34,500 students and 6,300 employees, including 300 professors. TU Dort­mund University has a strong focus on research. The university’s disciplines, e.g. mechanical engineering with its emphasis on production and logistics, physics, biochemical- and chemical engineering, statistics and computer science, as well as education research, are well known for their outstanding research achievements both nationally and internationally.

Students at TU Dort­mund University can choose from classical subjects and innovative courses of study such as medical physics or degree programs in spatial planning, statistics and journalism. A particular focus is on teacher training. As one of only a few universities in Germany, TU Dort­mund University offers professional teaching qualifications for all types of schools.

Intern Responsibilities:

Mechanical Engineering Intern
At the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Components (IUL), TU Dortmund, Germany, the internship will be offered in the field of metal forming (and adjacent fields) dealing with one or more of the following aspects:
  • Experimental investigations of forming or hybrid processes, including metallographic analysis of specimens and test samples
  • Numerical simulation (FEA) of forming processes
  • Development of control or analysis software using LabVIEW, MATLAB and similar softwareProfile of the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Components, Department of Mechanical Engineering (IUL)
With its strong historical performance in the field of metal forming, Germany relies evermore on the continuous research in this and related fields to foster its position as a high-quality manufacturing location. Recent major shifts in product requirements, e.g. the rise of electric mobility and ultra-lightweight planes, pose various challenges on the manufacturing of these products. Simultaneously, the ecological impact of manufacturing processes and their cost efficiency add to the range of requirements which have to be solved by manufacturing research. Not only must the general process limits be extended in order to give designers and developers more freedom regarding the range of products, but each manufacture must also be well controlled. Therefore, the existing manufacturing process and newly developed ones must be better understood on a fundamental level.

The scientific research work by the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Components (IUL) at TU Dortmund University hence focuses on the development of innovative forming processes and process chains which improve the manufacturing of lightweight components and the energy efficiency of their production. To achieve this goal, processes are researched on a fundamental level, meaning the physics are analyzed with different research approaches such as numerical analysis and analytical modeling. Prototypes are manufactured and investigated to fine-tune the developed models. Later, the processes are transferred into industrial practice by the four departments of the IUL. Besides investigating conventional deep drawing and press hardening, the department of Profile and Sheet Metal Forming places the focus of its research work on working media based forming, and deals with bending of sheets, tubes and profiles, so that integrated process chains from the production stage to the processing of profiled components can be developed and investigated. The department of Bulk Metal Forming has a strong emphasis on the analysis of extrusion processes, including the manufacturing of aluminum chips based profiles and continuously reinforced profiles. The research work of the department for Non-Conventional Processes focuses on the processing of lightweight alloys by electromagnetic forming which offers unique non-contact forming opportunities for this class of material. Incremental sheet-bulk and micro-forming operation are also investigated. All materials used usually show a complex behavior. For this reason, the departments carry out characterization tests by established, as well as newly developed tests, to model the behavior accurately. On this basis, the forming processes can be simulated consistently by numerical methods and the process limits and/or material properties can be predicted. This is the core work of the department of Applied Mechanics in Forming Technologies.

Qualifications:
IIP interns in technology/engineering focused majors, like mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, physics, logistics, technology/IT, computer science, and material engineers can apply for internships at the IUL due to the variety of work done in the various research projects. German is not required for the workplace. 
 

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