Cooperation between the research centers CiSMAT and ROBERVAL

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Engineering & IT

On the first of October 2020 the collaboration between the CiSMAT Research Institute of the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences and the ROBERVAL Laboratory of the Compiègne Technical University (UTC) France began.

The researchers* and engineers* of the research center CiSMAT (Carinthia Institute for Smart Materials and Manufacturing Technologies) have set themselves the task of developing innovative solutions for the industry of the future. Their research topics include 3D printing of lightweight mechanical parts based on composite materials. This technology should enable a significant improvement in the mechanical properties of lightweight components compared to existing technology. Numerous applications are expected in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Another promising research topic at CiSMAT concerns the optimization of the different physical properties of 3D-printed metal parts, with complex geometry. This involves extending the so-called "generative design" method to also optimize the thermal and acoustic properties of a specific mechanical part for a specific use or function. In addition, a systematic method is being developed for SMEs to enable them to consider the potential and limitations of additive manufacturing processes as early as the design phase.
The Roberval laboratory is a joint research unit of the UTC and the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). Its scientific staff* are specialists in the design of innovative mechanical and multiphysical components and systems, in an interdisciplinary context. In particular, they have internationally recognized expertise in the field of composite materials for aeronautics, and in the numerical optimization of mechanical parts.
The collaboration between CiSMAT and the ROBERVAL laboratory officially started on October 1, 2020 in the form of two doctoral theses. One of these two doctoral theses will even take place half in France and half in Austria. These two projects will not only allow the two teams to benefit from the complementary skills of the other team, but will also offer students the opportunity to train in research under the best possible conditions.
Further information about the work of CiSMAT and its teams can be found at

FH-Prof. Dr.-habil Pascal Nicolay
Head of CiSMAT
+43 5 90500 2357