Within the TomoFuma project we investigate and develop new materials for energy applications, e.g. filters, heat insulation materials, soft magnetic composits, LEDs, etc. We also provide tomography services. If you would like to study parts and components in a non-destructive way, please contact us.

Picture: Simulated magnetic flux density in a soft magnetic composite sample. The microstructure of the sample was measured by computed tomography and converted into a computational grid, which forms the basis for the simulation

Research Topics and Goals

Work packages carried out within the TomoFuma Project are:

  1. Establishing an Micro Tomography Infrastructure,
  2. developing methods for investigating physical behavior of microstructured materials based on their micro geometry,
  3. developing analytical models of geometry dependent behavior,
  4. experimental validation of TBNS methods,
  5. developing tomography based methods for material optimization,
  6. application of the methods developed to industry problems.

Micro-structured functional materials

Micro-structured materials are becoming more and more important in energy applications. Efficient use of energy and the development of sustainable energy technologies are key challenges of the 21st century. Examples for micro-structured materials are:

  1. ceramic and metallic foams and monoliths used in thermal energy technology and process technology as filters, catalyst carriers, and heat exchangers,
  2. soft magnetic composites (SMCs),
  3. light and strong composites such as carbon reinforced plastics,
  4. insulation materials,
  5. cast and forged engine components
  6. tribological materials
  7. methane hydrate clathrates

Tomographie-based numerical simulation (TBNS)

Due to their complex micro geometry, theoretical predictions about material properties of micro structured materials is extremely difficult, experimental investigations are time consuming and expensive.

The method of tomography based numerical simulation (TBNS) addresses these issues efficiently by tomographically measuring the micro geometry and subsequently numerically simulation physical behavior.

TBNS is a highly successful tool for investigation heat and mass transport ins porous micro-structured materials. It is currently being extended to other physical phenomena. Mechanical properties, fluid flow, electric and magnetic behavior, as well as transient thermal properties are investigated. Optimization procedures are developed..

Contact persons Research Centre Energy

Prof. (FH) Dr.-Ing. Markus Preißinger
illwerke vkw Endowed Professorship for Energy Efficiency, Head of the Research, Head of the Research Center Energy

+43 5572 792 3801

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DI Helena Gössler

+43 5572 792 3800

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