Austrian Competences in Aeronautics Technology

Graz University of Technology - Institute of Materials Science and Welding

The Institute develops materials for aircraft structures and simulates the processing of materials for both aircraft structures and turbines. Furthermore, materials evolution during processing to both optimise processes and final mechanical properties are described. The Institute also focuses on the specific joining processes for aircraft parts.

Technologies and competences

Core competences are numerical (FEM) and physical (Gleeble 3800, dilatometer, etc.) process simulation, materials modelling (precipitations, grain structure), materials development (creep resistant steels) as well as joining and welding (friction stir welding, electron beam welding, etc.).

Fields of Activity Research Development Production
Aircraft (complete)      
Aircraft structures and parts
Cabin interiors and furnishing (incl. cargo hold)      
Materials and manufacturing technologies
Cockpit equipment and aircraft electronics      
Air traffic infrastructure and air traffic control applications      
Ground test and training equipment      
Airport infrastructure      

Products and services in aviation

  • materials modelling of nickel-based super alloys during forging
  • materials modelling of Ti64 and TiAl intermetallics during forging
  • development of Sc alloyed aluminium alloys
  • process simulation of sheet production of 7xxx aluminium alloys

Graz University of Technology - Institute of Materials Science and Welding

Kopernikusgasse 24
8010 Graz, Austria
+43 316 873-7181


Christof Sommitsch

Economic data

Employees > 250
Turnover > 10 M€
Export quota aviation 0 %
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Last update: 2019-09-19