Data ecosystem for digital materials research on the basis of ontology-based digital representations of copper and copper alloys

Project runtime: 01.03.2021 – 28.02.2024

The life cycle of copper becomes digital - for innovative material design up to recycling

The core of the KupferDigital project is to create a demonstrator for a digital data ecosystem that will serve as a future-proof platform for the digitalisation of materials research and the metal processing industry. The KupferDigital project is developing methods and concepts to digitally record the life cycle using copper as an example - from ore extraction to recycling. The basis is the development of so-called ontologies. These can be understood as a kind of knowledge network. They serve as common standards for the description of materials and technical processes. They help with the digital recording of process steps and material properties. In parallel, concepts for data structures, storage and exchange of material data via newly defined interfaces are being developed.

The provision of digitised life cycles of copper will enable industry to evaluate new material developments at an early stage in product development, for example from the point of view of sustainability. Copper is of current importance here because it is of fundamental importance for the digital transformation as well as the energy and mobility revolution and thus of high social value. The project goals are transferable to other metallic structural and functional materials as well as to other industrial sectors.

The project results will be made available to all interested parties as part of the activities of the MaterialDigital innovation platform.

Short presentation BMBF Kick-Off (10.06.21): Project presentation KupferDigital

Current project status (Plenary Meeting 17.03.22): Contribution to PMD

Tasks within the project Location
fem Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metal Chemistry
basics for the domain ontologies, represented by the processes alloy development and continuous casting
Schwäbisch Gmünd
German Copper Institute Professional Association e.V.
real material data for the data ecosystem
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)
Mechanical parameters and component testing
Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IWM
Ontology development, as well as digitalisation of material-, process, and simulation data
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
Digitalisation of material cycles with focus on recycling
Institute for Applied Computer Science e.V.
Ontology development and layout of data ecosystems
Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IWMS
Microstructure analysis and component testing