IWS - Institute for Materials Science and Welding

Materials Science for a Modern Society

The vision of the Institute for Materials Science and Welding (IWS) at the Technical University of Graz is to be the Austrian center for the development, modelling and joining of socially relevant, future-oriented, high-performance structured materials, as well as to transmit the gained knowledge through education and services.

Led by Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Christof Sommitsch, the institute is focused on research in three primary areas: joining technology, materials development, and materials modelling and simulation. The working groups in these fields are also supported by a fourth central laboratory group.

The current focus of the cooperation between IWS and MAGMA is on research and development of new models for the prediction of hot tearing, especially in steel castings.