Networks within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Fraunhofer Group MATERIALS

For 20 years now the Fraunhofer Materials and Components Group – MATERIALS - has been integrating the expertise of the Fraunhofer Institutes working in the field of materials science. With more than 2,500 scientists, working in 15 Institutes, and a total annual budget of around € 500 million in the area of contract research, it constitutes the largest group within the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

Materials research and materials  technology at Fraunhofer cover the entire value chain, from the development of new and the improvement of existing materials, through manufacturing technology on a quasi-industrial scale, up to the characterization of properties and assessment of service behavior. The same research scope applies to the components made from these materials and the way they function in systems.

The scientists working in the Group's institutes deploy their knowhow and expertise on behalf of their customers specifically in the fields of energy & environment, mobility, healthcare, machine & plant construction, building construction & living, microsystems technology and safety. They are part of strong national and international networks and contribute towards material-related innovations and innovative processes in a wide range of working fields.

With the initiative Materials Data Space© (MDS) founded in 2015, the Group is presenting a roadmap towards Industry 4.0 enabled materials. Digitalization of materials along their entire value creation chain is viewed by the Group as a key requirement for the lasting success of Industry 4.0. The rationale behind the Materials Data Space© concept is to provide a new platform offering digital information about materials and material properties across multiple corporations along the entire value creation chain.
 

https://www.materials.fraunhofer.de/en.html

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Fraunhofer AdvanCer Alliance

The spectrum ranges from modeling and simulations through the application-oriented development of ceramic materials, manufacturing processes and processing technologies to component characterization, assessment and non-destructive testing under operational conditions.

www.advancer.fraunhofer.de/en

Contact:
Dr. Andreas Kailer
Phone +49 761 5142-247
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Fraunhofer Batteries Alliance

The Fraunhofer Battery Alliance develops technical solutions and concepts related to the topic of electrochemical energy storage (batteries, supercapacitors). The competencies of this alliance cover the fields of materials, systems, simulations and testing.

www.batterien.fraunhofer.de/en.html

Contact:
Dr. Leonhard Mayrhofer
Phone +49 761 5142-388
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Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance

Generative manufacturing techniques are far better than conventional techniques for producing small series of customized, complex components in terms of flexibility, labor intensity and material input. The alliance is dedicated to the development, application and implementation of generative manufacturing techniques and processes.

www.generativ.fraunhofer.de

Contact:
Dr. Raimund Jaeger
Phone +49 761 5142-284
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Fraunhofer Lightweight Construction Alliance

The quality of a lightweight structure is largely defined by its material properties, the design and construction and by the manufacturing process. The entire development process - from the material and product development via series production and final approval to product use must therefore be taken into account.

Fraunhofer Lightweight Construction Alliance

Contact:
Dr. Michael Luke
Phone +49 761 5142-338
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Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance

From application-oriented research to industrial implementation – this alliance develops, among other things, multifunctional layers for optical applications and the automotive and electrical industries. Metal and oxide nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes and nano-composites are used in actuators, structural materials and biomedical applications. The alliance also deals with issues of toxicity and how to handle nanoparticles safely.

www.nano.fraunhofer.de

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Michael Moseler
Phone +49 761 5142-332
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Fraunhofer Numerical Simulation of Products, Processes Alliance

This alliance pools the competencies of various institutes from the information and communication sector, the field of materials and components and the surfaces and production technology sector to develop and improve simulation processes.

www.nusim.fraunhofer.de

Contact:
Dr. Claas Bierwisch
Phone +49 761 5142-347
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Innovation cluster, intensive training centres, project groups, Max-Planck cooperations

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Regional Eco Mobility Innovation Cluster

Fraunhofer Sustainability

Fraunhofer-Leistungszentrum Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe

Fraunhofer New Drive Systems Project Group

Max-Planck – Fraunhofer cooperation project HEUSLER 

Regional Eco Mobility Innovation Cluster

Efficient regional personal mobility 2030, Karlsruhe
Together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT and numerous partners from Baden-Württemberg businesses, the Fraunhofer Institutes ISI, IOSB, ICT and IWM are working on and assessing comprehensive concepts for efficient regional personal mobility. The focus is on local emissions-free car operation in urban areas, efficient drive technology, lightweight construction as well as the energy efficient use and integration of electromobility together with the energy industry. In addition to the technological topics, the cluster develops new mobility concepts and business models that take demographic and sociological aspects into account.

Contact:
Dr. Michael Luke
Phone +49 761 5142-338
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Fraunhofer-Leistungszentrum Nachhaltigkeit Freiburg

 

Fraunhofer-Leistungszentrum Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe

Fraunhofer New Drive Systems Project Group

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT and the Institute for Reciprocating Engines IFKM at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT work together with the Fraunhofer IWM on new engine concepts. The new drive concepts are intended for use in decentralized stationary energy supply units such as mini combined heat and power plants. They can also be used in combustion engines for sustainable mobility, either in combination with an electric motor or as the sole power supply. Alternative fuels and energy sources are included in the concepts. The new Fraunhofer project group is unique in Germany in its combination of competencies in the fields of combustion engines, chemical energy storage, lightweight construction and tribology.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Scherge
Phone +49 721 4640-750
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Max-Planck – Fraunhofer cooperation project HEUSLER

The Fraunhofer IWM has, together with two Max-Planck Institutes in Dresden and Halle, investigated the structural and chemical possibilities to produce novel materials based on intermetallic Heusler Phases, which possess significant hard magnetic properties yet do not contain rare earth elements.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Christian Elsässer
Phone +49 761 5142-286
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Fraunhofer initial research programms

Fraunhofer lighthouse project: »Critical rare earth«

Seven Fraunhofer Institutes are developing more efficient production processes for high performance magnets, including optimizing the component design and exploring possibilities for recycling. The goal is to reduce the primary need for rare earth elements for two demonstrators – permanent magnets by half. The Fraunhofer IWM is exploring possibilities for substitute magnet materials without using rare earth with physical material modelling and electron microscopic material characterization.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Christian Elsässer
Phone +49 761 5142-286
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