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Research and development

Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH is the central research company of the Salzgitter Group. Employing about 300 members of staff active at 8 main departments at the Salzgitter and Duisburg locations, SZMF conducts extensive, in-depth research and development work revolving around the material steel.

Services of Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH within the Initiative Automotive:

Application Technology (ESA)

From megatrends to marketable products

Engineering and simulation
  • Analysis and prognosis regarding material trends
  • Lightweight construction /resource efficiency studies
  • Customer support (concept, FEM, prototypes, series production launch)
  • Provision of FE material cards including new or optimized material characteristics for improved simulation quality
Metal forming
  • Analysis and optimization of existing as well as conceptual design of new forming sequences and processes
  • Materials characterization to describe the formability characteristics – from standardized test and inspection methods to component tests close to field conditions
  • Development of new methods for expanded material description
Joining technology
  • Selection, optimization and further development of all common industrial plate joining procedures
  • Determination of characteristics related to joining (static/cyclic/sudden)
  • Consultancy on joining mixed joints and hybrid materials
  • Component testing


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Surface Technology (ESO)

Customer-specific development of metallic and organic surface coating systems

Chemical surface treatment
  • Development of powerful, in-process analysis methods for chemical surface treatments
  • Evaluation of the corrosion and weathering performance using standardized or customer-specific testing 
  • Analysis of failure cases regarding corrosion of coated metallic materials and coating damage
Metallic coatings
  • Development and introduction of new coating systems, e.g., for the automotive, household appliance and construction industries (see StronSal®MC)
  • Consultancy for customers on the use of coated products
  • Development of strategy for applications, corrosion protection and processing

Organic coatings
  • Development of organic coatings with improved application characteristics
  • Optimization of coating and post- treatment processes for production plants
  • Release testing using technical delivery specifications
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Material and Process Development (ESW)

Development of innovative hot and cold-rolled strip grades and the processes necessary for them

Materials characterization
  • Powerful metallography and metallurgy (LOM, FE-REM, EBSD, microprobe, XRD, AFM)
  • Examinations for materials development, releases, complaints and failure analyses
  • Non-destructive material testing in accordance with EN 473 and support in the use of online metrology
Process analysis and numerical simulation
  • Analysis of process and quality data spanning multiple areas (statistics, data mining)
  • Modeling and numerical simulation of materials and processes

New materials and technology
  • Market and customer focused steel type design
  • Design and adaptation of innovative manufacturing procedures
  • Experimental simulation of all materials and processes relevant for strip steel
  • Review and consultation with respect to fire resistant materials
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Contact person Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH:

Ansgar Geffert 

Eisenhüttenstrasse 99
38239 Salzgitter

Phone: +49 5341 21-3691


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