Research internship in Germany

Colin, an OSU MSE junior, spent this past summer as an intern for Bodycote Kolsterising.  Here is some information about his work, though he doesn’t say anything about the lederhosen!

Bodycote is an engineering firm that specializes in low temperature diffusion of carbon into stainless steel.  I worked at the regional plant in London, Ohio, during the summer of 2012, and was asked to return for the summer of 2013.  Thus, during the summer of 2013 I went to Germany as an intern and researcher for Bodycote Kolsterising.

Colin at the Bodensee, also known as Lake Constance.

Colin at the Bodensee, also known as Lake Constance.

My goal as researcher for Bodycote was to find a better cleaning method for Kolsterised samples.  After Bodycote’s proprietary Kolsterising process, the stainless steel is left with a dull brown coloring, instead of the shiny metallic luster normally associated with stainless steel.  Bodycote has an in-house cleaning process that was yielding unsatisfactory results. It was my task to remedy this.

I first arrived in Landsberg Am Lech, Germany, where I spent a week studying the current cleaning process at the Kolsterising plant.  I spent the remainder of the summer in Konstanz, where I performed independent research within the Department of Materials Research at HTWG Konstanz, under the guidance of Dr. Paul Gumpel.  I was responsible for the design, data collection, and analysis of my testing.  After five weeks of testing, I had created my own cleaning process that showed promising results.  During the remaining 5 weeks, I optimized and analyzed the results of my cleaning process.

Colin rocking the Bavarian party attire

Results indicated that the new process created optically cleaner parts that were more corrosion-resistant than the current cleaning process.  At the end of my stay, I presented my findings to the VP and European sales of Bodycote who are now trying to implement my cleaning process into their plants.


Steven’s Germany Updates

Cologne and Bonn

This past Monday was the last day in Germany for one of the Americans I’d become friends with through the RISE program, so we decided to take a little day trip.  Since we both live in the same state here, we could use our train passes to go anywhere in the state for free, so we decided to head to Cologne firs t.  We climbed to the top of the CatDSCN0738hedral (just like Christian and I did when Dad came to visit) because my friend hadn’t done that yet, then headed inside the Cathedral.  I was glad we did, because this time they had the area behind the altar open.  Here’s a couple pictures I was able to get of the Shrine of the Magi, the gold-gilt sarcophagus that is traditionally believed to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men, or Three Kings, of biblical times.

After getting our fill of the cathedral, we hopped on the train for the 30-minute ride south to Bonn.   The first thing we did was our main reason for the trip:  we wanted to go to the Haribo factory store in Bonn!  Haribo are widely available in the states, but if you’re not familiar they are the company who developed the original gummy bears that are so popular today.  Here’s a picture:


The store was really cool, with candy everywhere!  We both got what was most likely a little too much candy for our own goods, and I filled some orders that had been placed by friends back in Dortmund (everyone loves Haribo!)  When we had gotten our fill, we headed back to the city center of Bonn to explore a little bit.  Some of the pictures I got can be seen in the album below, and show the United Nations campus in Bonn, the old town hall in the city center, and the home where Ludwig von Beethoven, the famous composer was born.  It was a neat city.

When we had seen enough, we got some ice cream then headed back to the train station.  We stopped back in Cologne on the way home for dinner, where we found a really great traditional German restaurant along the Rhein.  After that, we headed back…it was a fun day!

This week I was busy working.  I found out a couple days ago that the abstract we submitted for a presentation at a conference got accepted.  So, I’m now co-author (along with three others) of a presentation entitled Fabrication of Dimensionally-Correct Sheet Metal Components Directly from T-6 Aluminum Alloys and Airframe Applications….fascinating, I know.  My professor will be giving the presentation at the “Global Innovations in Manufacturing of Aerospace Materials” Symposium at the 2010 TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Seattle, Washington, which I should be attending!  In other news, we’re still working on writing the paper that we hope to get published in the journal, and I will be starting some experiments this coming week for my project that I’m working on here.

This weekend I just hung out in Dortmund and didn’t do a whole lot, Dublin was expensive and I need to save money for my trip to Vienna next weekend!  I’m going with Christian, one of Christian’s friends, and his friend’s girlfriend.  We leave Wednesday night after work and come back on Monday night.  We’ll be spending a day and a half exploring the city and the rest of the time at the FM4 Frequency Music Festival, a 3-day music festival that has already sold out of the 150,000 tickets that were available!  It’ll be a busy start of the week getting experiments done, but that should be a great trip!

I also got some exciting news that one of my roommates from back at OSU, Matt, will be coming to visit for ten days in the beginning of September!  He got his plane tickets last night, and Christian and I are both really looking forward to having him come over here!

Anyways,I might put up a small update by Wednesday if there’s time, if not I should be back on here by the middle of next week (sometime around the 25th or 26th).  I hope that you’re all having a great weekend and thanks for reading!  I’m over 1,000 views of the blog so far, which I think is pretty cool!

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MSE in Germany

Steve, an OSU Materials senior, is spending the summer in Germany working on a research project at the Technische Universitat Dortmund. Follow Steve’s blog here, with updates feeding in the right margin.

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