H2020 FORMPLANET – Sheet metal forming and advanced characterization tests

The aim of FormPlanet is a development of innovative testing methods for reliable characterization of sheet metal properties (fracture and formability) and prediction of material performance to assure a product quality. The project targets a wide range of materials: steels, Al alloys, Ti alloys, Ni alloys, Cu, and multi-layer sheet metals.

Duration time: 36 months (January 2019 – December 2021)


COMTES contributes to the project by a development of reliable and accurate sheet material investigation by means of:

  • dynamic compression and 3-point bending tests of components
  • sub-sized specimen testing techniques (also at dynamic loading up to 1000/s)
  • alternative characterization tests to evaluate material formability (deep drawing test, multiaxial tensile test)

The advanced sheet metal testing requires a high precision measurement performed using optical deformation recording in 2D or 3D mode (also with high-speed cameras), strain gauges application as well as a combination of a DIC analysis with a high-speed thermography. Within the project, a new biaxial testing system with a load capacity of 50 kN was developed in order to conduct the advanced FLC diagrams measurement with the non-linear strain paths.

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Optical emission spectrometer Q8 Magellan

Jan 20, 2021

In the Laboratory of Metallurgical Technologies COMTES FHT the new spectrometer was installed at the beginning of the New Year 2021. ... more

PF 2021

Dec 23, 2020

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Your. ... more