Scholarships for practice-oriented research theses awarded to IKV students

The Stiftung Industrieforschung (Industrial Research Foundation) awards up to 16 scholarships annually to particularly qualified students who wish to write a scientifically sound and at the same time practice-oriented Master's or diploma thesis at a German university. The call for applications for the scholarships is mainly directed at students of technical and scientific courses of study. Tien Viet Anh Vu and Maximilian Heinemann, who are writing their Master's theses in the field of injection moulding at IKV, are receiving support from the foundation in the current funding period.

IKV students Tien Viet Anh Vu and Maximilian Heinemann receive support from Stiftung Industrieforschung for their Master's theses. | Image: Industrial Research Foundation

With its scholarships, the foundation aims to promote the scientific qualification of the scholarship holders and at the same time strengthen the orientation of the research institutes towards central research questions of the industrial SME sector in Germany. In this context, the potential benefit from the funded work must be cross-company. For the two Master's theses by Tien Viet Anh Vu and Maximilian Heinemann, the Foundation considered these requirements for a scholarship to be fully met.

The aim of Tien Viet Anh Vu's thesis is to develop a physical process model for the volume transfer behaviour from set and actual injection volume flow in the injection moulding process. The process model maps the correlation between the injection volume flow set on the machine and the volume flow actually flowing into the mould cavity in order to generate the optimum injection profile automatically for any component geometries and without regard to the machine. In his work, Tien Viet Anh Vu is supervised by Thilo Köbel, M.Sc., research assistant at IKV in the field of machine technology and process engineering.

The content of Maximilian Heinemann's work is to model the differences in process technology between hot and cold runner systems. With the help of a statistical experimental design in combination with a process simulation, Maximilian Heinemann will identify differences between hot and cold runner systems and, based on this, derive relevant factors for the hot runner modelling of cavity pressure control. Maximilian Heinemann's Master's thesis is mentored by Katharina Hornberg, M.Sc., who works as a research assistant at IKV in the research area of process control.