Currently, the principal line of research focusses on the modeling and simulation of thermo-mechanical processes, which requires a coupled analysis of heat transport, fluid and solid mechanics, (thermo)-elastoplastic material behavior (especially of metals), phase transformation and microstructural changes, effective properties of non-homogenous materials, and other specific effects of relevance for a particular process. Among the processes of interest, are welding, cladding, thermal surface treatment, additive manufacturing (3-D printing), micro and macro laser processing, forming and deep drawing processes, EDM (electro discharge machining), for example.
Another research area is the use and design of porous structures and
composite materials, and its anisotropic and non-linear behavior. A specific
focus in this work is on the development of optimization techniques for the
design of components that incorporate porous structures, and the optimization
of the porous structure al structures according to the local principal loads,
including novel topology optimization methods. Similarly, the application of
optimization methods to optimize manufacturing processes and Design for Manufacturing
are topics of interest.