New at the Faculty

Frank Balle take up professorship at the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering



[Translate to English:] Foto: Thomas Brenner

Freiburg, Jul 12, 2018

Frank Balle has been Professor of Engineering of Functional Materials since April 1 and is developing a team of the same name at the Institute of Sustainable Technical Systems at the Faculty of Engineering. Balle works on research issues surrounding hybrid materials systems. He investigates how various materials can be combined and how the service life of such systems can be calculated faster. For this Balle uses power ultrasonics and looks at microstructure and the resulting characteristics. Alongside the established lightweight metal materials, he is focusing on fiber-composite materials which may be combined to create new, multifunctional applications such as fuselage or chassis structures in the aviation and auto industries.

Balle studied Engineering and completed his doctorate in 2009 at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. From 2010 to 2014 he was an Akademischer Rat at the Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (CM)² research center in Rheinland-Pfalz and also spent time as a guest researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, USA. From 2015 to 2018 Balle was an assistant professor heading the new subject of Hybrid Materials Systems at the TU Kaiserslautern. He has been a co-editor of the specialist journal Ultrasonics since 2011 and has organized several international symposia on the subject of power ultrasound.

Prof. Dr. Frank Balle
Department of Sustainable Technical Systems
University of Freiburg
Phone: 0761/203-54200
E-Mail: frank.balle(at)




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