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Functional Magnesium Materials

The department "Functional Magnesium Materials" develops, produces and analyses materials for medical implants that can degrade in the body and are intended to fulfil several functions there. A wide variety of properties have to be combined in these materials. They depend on the respective manufacturing process, the exact shape as well as the detailed chemical composition and the resulting microstructure. Our experiments, which are also carried out with in situ methods at DESY, are supplemented by various digital tools, for example detailed computer simulations. This makes it possible to predict the properties of a new magnesium alloy, digitally map manufacturing processes and identify potential problems at an early stage. All tools can also be used in other sectors, for example in lightweight construction with magnesium.