Professor Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Peter Groche, was appointed Professor of Production Engineering and Forming Machines in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Technische Universität Darmstadt on September 1, 1999.
Born in 1961, Peter Groche studied Mechanical Engineering at TU Brunswick from 1980 and subsequently worked as a scientist at the Institute of Forming Technology and Machines, Hannover University.
His work mainly focused on the application of numerical methods in forging and sheetmetal forming processes. After obtaining his doctorate, Dr. Groche worked in the automotive industry with Keiper Recaro and Lear Corporation.
At Technische Universität Darmstadt he carries out practical research with the aim of permeating forming processes with scientific methods and opening up new process design possibilities.
Abstract: The challenge of total flexibility in metal forming
Flexibility in its different realizations enables metal forming technologies to cope with varying uncertainties. It is of vital interest in cases when companies are faced with fluctuating product programs, variable market demands or reduced availability of human resources, machines or special semi-finished products. In order to increase flexibility, modern metal forming technologies can make use of an increased number of driven axes, an enhanced control of drives, alternative semi-finished products or process combinations. Unfortunately, a conflict of aims often arises: while some kinds of uncertainty can be controlled better with a selected kind of flexibility, other uncertainties are even more difficult to control. The talk will discuss phenomena which can be observed when flexibility in metal forming is increased. Furthermore, it will show paths in discontinuous press operations and continuous rolling processes that overcome the mentioned conflict of goals