The Institute of Joining- and Welding Technique
Joining procedures are required for constructions and components of all sizes, from ship's hulls to micro chips. Thus problems of joining technique are important to more or less all fields of engineering and plant construction, in particular to power plant, vehicle and ship construction as well as to air and space technology and process and electrical engineering. Apart from engineering and vehicle construction, problems of joining technique are discussed in inter-disciplinary co-operations in the areas of civil engineering, medicine and dentistry; this, among other things, includes a prolonged working life of engineering constructions or the fixing of prostheses in the human body.
The institute of joining and welding technique deals with these problems in the full range of this special field covering research and education. Thus the ifs does not only stand for joining components, but also for uniting men and branches of study.
The manufacture of innovative products with new materials is only made possible by the correct joining technique. For this purpose, the fields of training and further education, quality assurance as well as research and development in material and manufacturing technique must be united in the various disciplines. In a traditionally grown relationship, this enables the innovation of joining processes in same the way as the transfer of knowledge via "brains" and the intensive contact with the customers on the basis of a broad range of services offered.
To this purpose, the staff, phD candidates and students of the institute work in the eight working groups introduced in the following, and the institute workshop.