Due to rising raw material prices, the fullest possible recycling of metals is becoming increasingly important. For example, non-ferrous metals are pelleted for reprocessing before they are further processed.
Cooperation between Universities and industrial enterprises are much more common in other countries, such as Great Britain and the United States. In Germany, cooperation is mostly restricted to the technology level and the subsequent transfer of basic research knowledge gained at the universities to the mass production opportunities of industry.
Results used to generate material cards for optimised simulation models
Before materials can be used for a particular application, their behaviour has to be analysed under different mechanical and climatic conditions. The results from static, dynamic and thermochemical tests form the basis for comprehensive material characterisations which are key to successful product development. As a leading provider of development services, ARRK Engineering has therefore established an in-house materials laboratory close to its headquarters in Munich. This enables car manufacturers, machine and plant engineering companies and also the aerospace industry to obtain all-round support from the ARRK Engineering specialists in this field. Moreover, the company plans to use the information from the tests to generate material cards with a view to optimising the simulation models for structural and crash calculations.
Whether foil packaging or car body part aluminium is indispensable as a light metal in many production sectors and branches of industry, despite new materials such as carbon fibre reinforced plastics. Efficient processing of aluminium is ensured by special, energy-saving melting furnaces for instance those produced at ZPF GmbH, located in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.