Reinhard Pippan is actually vice director and a group leader at the Erich Schmid Institute. He studied mechanical engineering at a technical high school, then physics at the Technical University in Graz and received his PhD degree in 1982 at the Montanuniversität Leoben. His scientific career is mainly connected with the Erich Schmid Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Pippan’s research activities are focused on mechanical properties of metals, alloys and composites. The improvement of the basic understanding of the relations between the mechanical behaviour, the deformation processes, the fracture processes, and the micro- and nano-structure of the material is the aim. The activities with respect to the properties
can be separated into three groups: Plastic deformation, fatigue and fracture, and micro- and nanomechanics. The effect of severe plastic deformation on the structural evolution and the mechanical properties are now an additional research topic.
The introduction of discrete dislocation mechanics to fatigue, the new ideas to improve the understanding of fatigue and the development of new experimental techniques have been the base to establish a leading group in the field of fatigue and fracture of materials. The experience obtained during this development of new methods in the analyses of deformation and fracture on the microscale in macrosamples was used to establish a new research area in the field of micromechanical testing.
With the development and improvement of new techniques to introduce very heavy plastic deformation he established a new field of synthesis of novel materials at the Institute. The group dealing with Severe Plastic Deformation, SPD, of Reinhard Pippan is now one of the leading international groups in this enormously growing field to generate complete new types of metallic materials
His scientific leadership is most clearly visible by the large number of invited and plenary lectures given at the most important conferences in his three research areas: in the area of fatigue and fracture for example at Fatigue 2006 in Atlanta, LCF6 and LCF8 in Berlin 2008 and 2017, and European conference on fracture ECF18 in Berlin 2010, ECF19 in Kazan and ECF20 in Trontheim (solely he was invited for a plenary lecture thrice in a row), ICM12 2015 Karlsruhe, DPG2018, Crack Path 2018, in the area of micro- and nanomechanics at the International Workshop on Small Scale Plasticity, Braunwald 2007, International Symposium on Indentation Behaviour of Materials, Hyderabad 2008, International Nanotribology Forum NANOSIKKIM-III 2008, ECI Nanomechanical Testing in Material Research and Development VI, and several MRS, TMS Symposia, in the area of SPD at the conferences SPD3 in Fukuoka 2005, SPD4 in Goslar 2008, SPD5 in Nanjing 2011, SPD6 in Metz and SPD7 2017 in Sydny several symposia at TMS, MRS, EUROMAT, THERMEC 2016, Plasticity and many other workshops.
In order to perform different research activities he is very active in acquiring research funding from different sources, such as the Christian Doppler society, the national science foundation, FWF, the COMET excellence centre MPPE and the virtual vehicle, advanced Grant ERC, EU- projects and EURATOM.