For EVs with higher range: Take greater advantage of the potential offered by lightweight construction materials

Ultra-high-strength aluminium alloys are the future of lightweight construction in conventional and e-mobility. The Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) and its research partners are developing resource-optimized process technologies within the framework of ALLEGRO, the central project of LOEWE – Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz (State Offensive for the Development of Scientifically Read more about For EVs with higher range: Take greater advantage of the potential offered by lightweight construction materials[…]

Fraunhofer LBF and BAM develop faster procedure for flame-retardant plastics

Many modern plastic materials do not come without added flame protection. When developing new plastic compositions of this kind, the aim is to achieve an optimum combination of flame retardancy, processability and mechanical properties. Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF and the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM) have Read more about Fraunhofer LBF and BAM develop faster procedure for flame-retardant plastics[…]

New test rig components for faster development and validation

Numerical simulations have massively accelerated product development over the past few decades. A variety of scenarios can be tested in a short time and the number of necessary prototypes has been steadily reduced. Nevertheless, physical tests are widespread and will not lose significance over the next few decades. Numerical models must be validated and approval Read more about New test rig components for faster development and validation[…]

Calculation concept shortens the design process of injection molded parts

Using a new calculation process, it is now possible to predict fiber orientation-dependent component behavior in relation to shaped elements at an early stage and thus design the component in accordance with the expected load. This reduces costly iteration cycles and thereby shortens the entire development and manufacturing process. What is more, the concept can Read more about Calculation concept shortens the design process of injection molded parts[…]

More range for electric vehicles: functionalized thermoplastic sandwich components within minutes

In times of impending bans for diesel and generally internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are becoming increasingly interesting for buyers, especially in urban environments. Boosting battery capacities enable longer travels, however driving range of EVs varies especially at low ambient temperatures. Within the EU project “OPTEMUS” (Optimized Energy Management and Use), Read more about More range for electric vehicles: functionalized thermoplastic sandwich components within minutes[…]

Fraunhofer LBF at the Compounding World Expo 2018

Already today modern production systems can communicate with their surroundings and manage themselves. Industry 4.0 is on the rise and cyber-physical systems (CPS) are the essential components of this development. Intelligent sensors for monitoring and controlling production processes ensure that connected work processes can run reliably. Scientists at Fraunhofer LBF have used these technologies as Read more about Fraunhofer LBF at the Compounding World Expo 2018[…]

Upcycling of PET Bottles: New Ideas for Resource Cycles in Germany

The new research project, UpcyclePET, is developing an innovative process for high quality cycle utilization of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This research project enables the recovery of PET waste from plastic bottles to be used in high-grade industrial applications, and it targets to reduce the use of new polyamide-based plastic parts. The project team consists of Read more about Upcycling of PET Bottles: New Ideas for Resource Cycles in Germany[…]

Fraunhofer LBF at the Compounding World Expo 2018: Plastic Recycling and Intelligent Monitoring of Industrial Processes 4.0

Plastics are conquering the earth – unfortunately not always to the earth’s advantage, as indicated by the increasing reports on plastic waste. Two studies by the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, on the other hand, demonstrate that upcycling of PET bottles and the recycling of flame-retardant plastics are worthwhile both for Read more about Fraunhofer LBF at the Compounding World Expo 2018: Plastic Recycling and Intelligent Monitoring of Industrial Processes 4.0[…]

E-Mobility: New Hybrid Storage Concept to Increase Range and Power

As part of the “hyPowerRange” project, funded by BMWi, we are developing and testing a new kind of battery concept that provides an inexpensive, modular, and flexible way to improve the performance and capacity of electric vehicle batteries. The goal of the “hyPowerRange” project is to improve the factors of range, cost, cooling requirements, and Read more about E-Mobility: New Hybrid Storage Concept to Increase Range and Power[…]