The PROCHAIN project deals with the prediction of product properties using simulation tools, based on the entire process chain during manufacturing. Fatigue behavior is a complex, but very critical, property with high significance for all parties involved in a process chain. From an end user perspective, it limits the life/durability of a product. To improve and, in the long run, predict fatigue behavior all previous steps leading up to the realization of a final product need to be addressed since the product properties are significantly affected by both material composition as well as processing.
In view of that, the overall aim for PROCHAIN is to develop the required tools for prediction of fatigue properties through digital control of process chains, integrating the material, manufacturing process and end product design.