FRASCAL celebrates entry into second DFG-funded research phase
DFG approves the funding of the FRASCAL Research Training Group for a further 4.5 years.
FRASCAL project focuses on what holds matter together at its core. Material fractures in planes, ships or trains can lead to catastrophes and cost lives – for example, the ICE train accident in Eschede 25 years ago was triggered by the fracture of a wheel tyre. In 13 projects, the Research Training Group FRASCAL is developing computer-based simulation methods that can capture the character of fracture processes on different length scales.
The aim is to study the fracture processes of materials from the crack visible to the naked eye down to the atomic level in the nanometre range. The focus will be on materials such as plastics, which are becoming increasingly important in helping to make aircraft, for example, lighter and more energy efficient. Unlike metals – for example, tyres – the fracture behaviour of plastics has not yet been researched as intensively and interdisciplinary as in the FRASCAL Research Training Group.
The DFG will now fund the Research Training Group for another 4.5 years with around 5.6 million euros.
We are all looking forward to continuing this exciting collborative work until the end of 2027.
A hearty thanks goes to all those involved for their great efforts!