Following two successful Research periods the DFG funded a further application Phase of the collaborative research center “steel ab initio - quantum mechanics guided design of new Fe based materials” SFB 761 for a further four years to mid 2019. In July 2007 the SFB 761 was established and took up its research activities at RWTH Aachen in close co-operation with Max-Planck-Institute in Düsseldorf. This was the start for the adventures of Steel- ab initio.
Summary SFB 761
For the first time it is exploited, how ab initio approaches may lead to a detailed understanding and thus to a specific improvement of material development. The challenge lies in the combination of abstract natural science theories with rather engineering like established concepts. Aiming at the technological target of the development of a new type of structural materials based on Fe-Mn-C alloys the combination of ab initio and engineering methods is new, but could be followed quite successfully.