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June 22, 2023

DRESDEN, Germany – Technische Universität Dresden and Citrine Informatics have announced a materials research collaboration. Citrine has partnered with the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK-TUD), whose spectrum of activities covers a wide range from fundamental research to collaborations with leading automotive and aerospace companies.

The partnership between TU Dresden and Citrine focuses on better understanding the effect of process and environmental variables on the mechanical properties of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) components. Two datasets generated by ILK-TUD are being considered, covering extensive manufacturing data of an overmolded FRP component, as well as surface-preparation data for a lab-scale testing geometry. Utilizing the Citrine Platform, data driven analysis of the process property relationship will facilitate the optimization of manufacturing processes used for structural automotive components.

Prof. Gude, chair of Lightweight Systems Engineering and Multi Material Design at ILK-TUD, highlights that, “we develop complex manufacturing process chains for lightweight components and systems. In doing so, it is important to transfer our material and process understanding into the entire development chain of hybrid fiber composite structures (material design – structural design – simulation – manufacturing – cost analysis – prototype testing – quality assurance).”

“The partnership is expected to support us in linking process data across processing steps, enhancing our understanding of the relationships, and particularly in evaluating the impact on the resulting structural behavior.” emphasizes Dr. Andreas Hornig, co-head Computational Methods and Simulation at ILK-TUD.

“This work will demonstrate the application of a materials-aware informatics machine learning solution to a real-world, noisy manufacturing parameter dataset,” said Dr. James Saal, Citrine’s Director of External Research Programs, “Optimizing manufacturing processes is a common problem and we will show that using Citrine’s machine learning tools can address these tasks successfully.”

About The Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK-TUD)

The Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology is an internationally acknowledged institute for research, development and student training in the area of function-integrative system lightweight engineering and multi-material design. Approximately 240 members of staff conduct comprehensive research and development projects in the field of resource-saving lightweight design with high material and energy efficiency.

Technische Universität Dresden, founded in 1828, is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence and a member of TU9, the Alliance of nine leading Universities of Technology in Germany. With over 30,000 students and 8,200 employees, it ranks among the 20 most innovative universities in Europe (“Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities”). It offers a broad range of 126 degree courses and covers an interdisciplinary research spectrum in 17 faculties in five schools.

About Citrine Informatics

Citrine Informatics is a SaaS platform company that leverages artificial intelligence and materials science to enable customers to develop and optimize materials and chemicals at scale. The Citrine Platform provides a unified data infrastructure for materials and chemical data, allowing product developers to easily access, share, and analyze data to accelerate the development of new products. Their platform has applications in a wide range of industries, including specialty chemicals, energy, electronics, and many others. Citrine’s mission is to accelerate the pace of materials innovation and enable a more sustainable future. For more information, visit or @Citrine-Informatics on LinkedIn.