This talk gives an introduction to the general scope of work undertaken within the SCHARF research effort. SCHARF is a large cluster project funded by Carl-Zeiss Stiftung with 5 principal investigators and a total of 25 researchers. We investigate relationships between structures and defects at atomistic, microscopic and mesoscopic length scales and the resulting macroscopically observable behavior. Individual research foci include atomistic defects in semi-conductors, joining technologies for composite materials, manufacturing and numerical analysis of mechanical and programmable metamaterials, and X-Ray based techniques for visualizing deformation fields, damage and fracture within the interior of materials. For further information, please visit the project's website: https://scharf.inatech.de
Stefan Hiermaier is Professor for Sustainable Systems Engineering and founding director of the Department for Sustainable Systems Engineering at the Engineering Faculty of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. He is also director of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Speed Dynamics. Dr. Hiermaier studied Aero-Space-Engineering at the Federal Armed Forces University in Munich and received his PhD in Civil Engineering. After a Assistant Professorship for High-Speed-Dynamics he became professor for sustainable systems engineering. Stefan Hiermaier’s research work is focused on the strain rate dependent and shock wave loaded material behavior integrating experimental and numerical methodologies. Over the last ten years Hiermaier is also active in engineering concepts to design critical infrastructure in a way to make them more resilient to disruptive events of various kind. Stefan Hiermaier published a Springer book on “Structures Under Crash and Impact”, he edited the Springer book “Numerical Modeling of Dynamic Processes” and used to be coeditor of the “International Journal of Impact Engineering”. He is editor of the publication series “Epsilon Dot – Research Results on High Speed Dynamics”. His international reputation in the dynamic material field lead to his former presidency of DYMAT, the European Society for Dynamic Material behavior and its Application.
Stefan Hiermaier was visiting professor at the University of Oxford and at Cranfield University. In 2005 Hiermaier was visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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