Profile: University of Bayreuth, founded in 1975, is a State University of the Free State of Bavaria. According to Article11,para 1 Bavarian University Act the University of Bayreuth is simultaneously a public body and a State-run Institution. It receives its basic funding from the Free State of Bavaria. Detailed description of the legal Status of the University is provided in an additional document submitted to the legal officer.
University of Bayreuth has 6 Faculties, which focus on modern Natural Sciences & Engineering, Law & Business, Philosophy & Economics. 10000 Students, 190 Professors, ~ 850 research personnel. The Engineering Department (in German: Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences) is operating since 1998 and offering PhD, Diploma, Master and Bachelor studies in Material Science, Engineering Science, Environmental and Bioscience. Currently 15 full professors (Chair-Holders) and 900 students are Members of this Faculty. The Chairs involved in HarWin are Chair of Materials Processing (CMP) and Chair on Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Mechanical Engineering. The CMP is active in research on new processes and materials for glass, ceramics, polymers and composites, and in undergraduate and graduate studies of BSc Materials Science, MSc Energy Science and Technology (EST) und Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). CAD is developing new methods of modelling and simulation of material and device performance and is involved in undergraduate/graduate studies of BSc Engineering Science, MSc Energy Science and Technology (EST) and MSc of Automotive Component Engineering and Mechatronics (ACEM).
Expertise: Dr. Willert-Porada is Coordinator of a Glass Research institute (WOPAG) located at the University of Bayreuth, Coordinator of FORGLAS funded by the Bavarian Science Foundation, where 3 RES and 16 companies develop new building materials and leading the Hot Glass Technology branch of the Bavarian Applied Glass Research Institute in Spiegelau. She participated in FP 6 (MEDDELCOAT) and FP5 (SAFE) projects.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Rieg has years of experience in collaborative national and international projects on FE-solver optimization and simulation of carbon fibre reinforced composites and basalt glass composites (BMBF 02PB2122: INSOFT, BBMWI AIF KF2367801W09: CTR Carbon reinforced telescope tube, KF2367802VT1 HoRoBaKu).
Key project tasks: The CMP is the Coordinator and lead participant of WP 1. The CAD is performing simulation of mechanical properties of new materials developed in WP1 and WP3 and also involved in simulation of new glassfibre reinforced frame, in WP4. Both Chairs contribute experimental and simulation results to WP2. The CMP will concentrate on processing of glass flake-polymer composite sheet materials, development of new glassflakes and of LDC-glassceramics for coatings and flakes. All composite materials will be characterized for their mechanical, thermal, acoustic and optical properties in laminate glazing as well as for use in framing.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Rieg is Head of Department of Engineering Design and CAD. His research focuses on development, programming and calculation techniques of finite element (FE) software. Having created an FE-system on his own (Z88) his area of expertise are FE-solver optimization, and shell elements which can be used for e.g. simulation of thin structures and composites.
Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Gerdes holds a Diploma and PhD degree in Chemical Engineering. Since 2001: Senior Lecturer (Unit Operations) & senior scientist, Chair of Materials Processing. He is involved in EU and national research projects (SAFE, DBU, ProInno) on electro thermal processes and glass melting technology. Since 1998: CEO of InVerTec e.V., Bayreuth.