8th – 10th October 2024

Stuttgart, Germany
3 days – 6 sessions

  • Hydrogen
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • German Energy Revolution
  • Big Data and AI
  • Structural Materials Modelling
  • NDT of complex Materials




MPA Seminar 2024

Materials Testing Institute (MPA) – University of Stuttgart – Campus Vaihingen

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The intricate interaction between materials, processes, and applications is the backbone of innovation and performance optimization. Materials must be carefully selected and designed to meet the specific demands of various applications, considering factors like strength, durability, and thermal resistance. In contrast to their continuum mechanical models, real materials have a real microstructure with imperfections, anisotropy, segregations, discontinuities, pores and residual stresses.

These result from the respective manufacturing process of the material or component and have a significant influence on the material behavior and structural integrity in safety-critical applications.
This dynamic relationship among materials, processes, and applications is a key focal point in advancing several sub-fields in mechanical engineering, with each element influencing the overall success of mechanical engineering endeavors.

Materials for future applications

At the core of the MPA seminar’s attention lies the pivotal role of materials, where they confront a host of complex challenges. While steel in various forms as austenitic or martensitic continues to play a crucial role, evolving applications necessitate the use of other materials like nickel-based alloys, titanium and high-strength aluminum.

Moreover, the introduction of innovative manufacturing processes enables the design and manufacturing of more complex structures and components and the utilization of a broader spectrum of materials. Nevertheless, the surging costs associated with increasingly precious alloying elements present formidable obstacles. Further challenges include but are not limited to highly flexible load cycles, material behaviour under harsh environments like extremely high and low temperatures as the bevhaviour under the influence of media, especially biogas and hydrogen. The performance of materials dominates the performance of the end product, emphasizing the need for efficient resource utilization in their application.

Processes that amplify industries

At the MPA seminar, processes are not only understood as manufacturing processes in the classic sense. Instead, complex load cases are also regarded as processes resulting from the application and having a decisive influence on the structural integrity and life time of components.

We will take a deeper look into a range of state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, including additive manufacturing processes such as laser powder bed fusion, wire arc additive manufacturing, direct energy deposition, additive friction stir welding, and electron beam melting. Other manufacturing processes include electron beam welding, hot isostatic pressing and cold gas spraying. Understanding not only potentials and advantages but also limitations of these manufacturing processes and how they shape the real microstructure of the processed materials including segregations, anisotropy, flaws, pores etc. is of crucial importance. Together with high and complex stresses in application processes, including factors like creep, cyclic fatigue, impact load, and thermomechanical effects micro- and macrostructure resulting from manufacturing processes determine the structural integrity and life time of components.

Applications for future materials and processes

Applications in materials and mechanical engineering vary widely, each demanding specific attributes from materials and (manufacturing) processes. These requirements include specific strength, creep resistance, and the ability to perform in high and low-temperature environments.

Whether it is energy generation with lots of pressurized components, turbine blades, and aerospace components or transportation systems, the materials used need to ensure failure safety and withstand high stresses and/or a high number of load cycles even in extreme conditions like hydrogen atmospheres. As new manufacturing processes and CAD design techniques lead to increasingly complex structures with elements like geometric compactness and function integration, the adaptability of materials becomes paramount in ensuring their suitability for diverse applications. The conference will delve into these crucial aspects, shedding light on the nexus of materials, processes, and applications in the realm of materials and mechanical engineering.

Program Committee

Reflecting the specificity of our sessions, there is a separate program committee for each session. Together with the MPA, this committee determines the speakers, in particular the keynote speakers ensuring a balanced representation of various topics and perspectives. Furthermore, the program committee may make suggestions for speakers and strategical organization of the sessions.

Dr.-Ing. Johannes Weiser
Dr.-Ing. Johannes WeiserEvobeam GmbH
Head of Additive Manufacturing
Dr. Martin Spies
Dr. Martin SpiesBaker Hughes Digital Solutions GmbH
Chief Consulting Engineer Inspection & Sensing Technology
Prof. Michael Lowe
Prof. Michael LoweImperial College London, UK
Professor, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr.-Ing. Thomas Freudenmann
Dr.-Ing. Thomas FreudenmannEDI GmbH
Managing Director & CVO
Wolfgang Däuwel
Wolfgang DäuwelFramatome GmbH
Vice President Engineering & Design Authority Germany
Jens Ganswind-Eyberg
Jens Ganswind-Eybergvgbe energy e.V.
Dr.-Ing. Jörg Bareiß
Dr.-Ing. Jörg BareißEnBW AG
Materials Technology
Dr.-Ing. Max Hoßfeld
Dr.-Ing. Max HoßfeldICM
Managing Director
Dr.-Ing. Phillip Wagenblast
Dr.-Ing. Phillip WagenblastTRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik AG
Chief Scientist LMF Technology
Prof. Guntram Wagner
Prof. Guntram WagnerTU Chemnitz
Head of Chair for Composites and Material Compounds
Jan Džugan, PhD
R&D Director
Prof. Sebastian Münstermann
Prof. Sebastian MünstermannRWTH Aachen University
Head of Chair for Material Modelling in Forming Technology
Dr.-Ing. Sven Donisi
Dr.-Ing. Sven DonisiRosswag GmbH
Dr.-Ing. Volker Rominger
Dr.-Ing. Volker RomingerTRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik AG
Head of Machine Learning & Simulation for Laser Applications
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kuntz
Dr.-Ing. Matthias KuntzRobert Bosch GmbH
Project manager
Dr.-Ing. Silke Sommer
Dr.-Ing. Silke SommerFraunhofer IWM Freiburg
Head of Business Unit Component Safety and Lightweight Construction
Prof. Jorge dos Santos
Prof. Jorge dos SantosPacific Northwest National Laboratory
Chief Materials Scientist
Dr. Sascha Meudt
Dr. Sascha MeudtIV3 GmbH
Katrin Schütz
Katrin SchützStable Flame GmbH
Managing Partner & CEO
Prof. Pedro Dolabella Portella
Prof. Pedro Dolabella PortellaFraunhofer IWM Freiburg
Strategy & Communication
PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefanie Hoja
PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefanie HojaLeibniz-IWT Bremen
Team Leader Nitriding
Christian Eberhardt-Motzelt
Christian Eberhardt-MotzeltZwickRoell GmbH & Co. KG
Sales Manager Hardness Testing Solutions
Dr.-Ing. Andreas Klenk
Dr.-Ing. Andreas KlenkUniversity of Stuttgart
Deputy director (ret.) of Materials Testing Institute
Soon Jung Jung, PhD
Soon Jung Jung, PhDRobert Bosch GmbH
Prof. Thomas Kannengießer
Prof. Thomas KannengießerBAM Berlin
Head of Weld Mechanics

Fees for Participation

Speakers will receive a 200€ discount.

One Day

  • Participate on one day of your choosing
  • Total: 400€ for 1 day

Two Days

  • Order a second day to get a rebate of 100€
  • Total: 700€ for 2 days

Three Days

  • Get another 200€ off and enjoy the whole seminar
  • Total: 900€ for all days
Sabine Lüftner
Sabine Lüftner
Event Organisation

For booking inquiries, please contact Sabine Lüftner

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Our history

The MPA can look back on over 135 years of history.
The materials testing institute was founded in 1884 at the instigation of Karl von Bach at the then Royal Württemberg Polytechnic in Stuttgart, where Bach was Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

In 1897, the associated engineering laboratory was built at the TH Stuttgart in Stuttgart-Berg. The close connection with teaching at the TH Stuttgart gave the MPA and the university a good reputation in industry. An additional laboratory building was built in 1907.

Carl von Bach Commemorative Medal

With the Carl von Bach Commemorative Medal, the MPA honours personalities who have rendered outstanding services to the strengthening of research, development and teaching in the field of materials testing and strength calculation in the spirit of Carl von Bach. He took the holistic view that there must be no contradiction between theory and practice. Thus, the tests he designed always had a relation to the structural component and were able to substantiate the theoretically determined results in a manner relevant to the application.

The MPA University of Stuttgart still works according to this principle of linking theory and practice today. In 2023 Wolfgang Däuwel from Framatom received the Commemorative Medal for his outstanding work.

The place to be

MPA University of Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 32
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 / 685 – 63058
Fax +49 711 / 685 – 63046


From Stuttgart main station walk down the stairs to the S-Bahn (indicated by a green S).

Buy a ticket for one zone (zone 1) at the ticket machine. The ticket is also valid for travel to Stuttgart airport within 3 hours of purchase.

Take the S-Bahn S1 (towards Herrenberg), S2 or S3 (both towards Flughafen) from the station “Hauptbahnhof”, “Stadtmitte” or “Feuersee” and exit at the station “Universität”. Take the stairs at the platform end “Universitätszentrum” and follow the signs on the campus.

From Stuttgart airport walk down the stairs to the S-Bahn (indicated by a green S). The train stop is located directly beneath the airport.

Buy a ticket for two zones (zones 1, 2) at the ticket machine. The ticket is also valid for travel to Stuttgart downtown within 3 hours of purchase (stations “Stadtmitte” and “Hauptbahnhof”).

Take the subway S2 (towards Schorndorf) or S3 (towards Backnang) and exit at the station “Universität”. Take the stairs at the platform end “Universitätszentrum” and follow the signs on the campus.

Take the autobahn A831 from “Stuttgarter Kreuz” towards S-Zentrum (downtown). Take the first exit “Universität” and turn left at the first traffic lights. Then turn right at the first possibility onto “Pfaffenwaldring” street.

For the mechanical engineering area, please follow the street for some time, passing university power plant and along the forest, until you reach the high-rise building Pfaffenwaldring 32.

MPA Seminar 2024
MPA Stuttgart Pfaffenwaldring 32 70569 Stuttgart Deutschland


Dr. Martin Werz
Dr. Martin Werz
Head of Department –

Joining Technology and Additive Manufacturing

Sabine Lüftner
Sabine Lüftner
Event Organisation
Andrea Heldmaier
Andrea Heldmaier
Secretary to Prof. Weihe

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