Forming processes play a major role in the production of highly stressed metallic components – not only to achieve the intended component geometry but also through setting the component properties. Some of these properties such as forming induced strain hardening and residual stresses are controllable and can be intentionally used to improve the performance of metallic components. So far, this control has not been realized for forming induced damage, which can lead to abrupt component failure under adverse conditions. Only by damage control throughout the whole process chain - pursuit by the Collaborative Research Center TRR 188 on “Damage Controlled Forming Processes” – the full potential of the considered material can be safely exploited.

The TRR 188 was established by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 2017. It is an interdisciplinary research group consisting of researchers from TU Dortmund University, RWTH Aachen University, Brandenburg University of Technology and the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung Düsseldorf. The TRR 188 investigates the mechanisms of damage initiation and evolution during forming and component use from the micro- to the macro-scale for various sheet and bulk metal forming processes.

The 2nd Industrial Colloquium 2020 offers the opportunity for insight into the whole range of research performed in the TRR 188 but focuses on modelling of damage evolution. Highly reputable speakers from industry and research organizations will present their latest research results as well as requirements and opportunities for their industrial application. By this, the 2nd Industrial Colloquium provides an ideal platform for discussions on theory and application of damage control in metal forming processes and their benefit in industry as well as future development trends.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Aachen.