BMBF launches MaterialDigital initiative in Germany

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is launching the MaterialDigital initiative to advance the digitization of materials research in Germany.

The “StahlDigital” project is looking at the production of steel, the processing procedures and the design of the finished components so that they can be developed more quickly and more accurately in the future. Digital knowledge and data processing methods are being used in the process. The aim of the project is to develop and establish an application-specific knowledge network using the process chain of two sheet steel materials. To this end, software tools will be created for flexible process flows in simulations and tests. The performance of these tools will be demonstrated using industrial application scenarios in the context of the development and optimization of sheet steel for car body components. The entire manufacturing process from semi-finished product production to component manufacture and component properties will be included. Due to the transferability of the project results, especially via the “MaterialDigital” platform, research as well as the production and processing of materials with digital methods, concepts and processes will be strengthened in the long term.