EU Projects

Fraunhofer IWM participation in EU Projects

The Fraunhofer IWM has long-standing experience actively participating as valuable partners in various types of EU projects. Therefore, international cooperations represent an essential part of our research activities.
The following list shows current and completed EU projects which include the participation of Fraunhofer IWM.


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FORCE

The project FORCE targets to develop and integrated Business Decision Support System (BDSS). The generic system is an open framework that connects any existing or future materials models at various levels of complexity and discretion (electronic, atomistic, mesoscopic, continuum and empirical), experimental data sets, and structured and unstructured commercial information (e.g. on cost, forecasting, intellectual property (IP)). The project has a generic focus but targets 3 specific important industrial sectors as main demonstrators, namely Personal Care (liquid detergents), Insulating Rigid PolyUrethane (PU) based Foams and Industrial Inks (PU-based) for the purpose of focusing and generating a real ready to use BDSS available to large, medium and small enterprises alike. FORCE runs through December 31, 2020.

FORCE

Contact:
Dr. Adham Hashibon
+49 761 5142-287
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CleanSky2

To develop environmental friendly technology is one of the main aims of today’s research. The eu project CleanSky2, part of the “Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme” addresses exactly to this issue. This Joint Technology Initiative, consisting of  companies, universities, public laboratories, innovative SMEs and the European Commission develops technologies for the civil aircraft market to cut aircraft emissions and noise. Specific objectives are: 1) increasing aircraft fuel efficiency, thus reducing CO2 emissions by between 20 to 30%; and 2) reducing aircraft NOx and noise emissions by between 20 to 30% compared to “state-of-the-art” aircraft entering into service as from 2014. Fraunhofer IWM will contribute with the chromium (VI)-free surfaces and treatment of aluminium and aliminium alloys. CleanSky2 runs through December 31, 2018.

CleanSky2 

Contact:
Johannes Preußner
+49 761 5142-101
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RAISELIFE

Raising the Lifetime of Functional Materials for Concentrated Solar Power Technology.

The project RAISELIFE focuses on the challenges of materials for concentrated solar power (CSP). It brings together a broad consortium of leading industry partners, SMEs and research institutes exploring the fields of solar thermal and material science sectors. The project focuses on extending the in-service lifetime of five key materials for CSP: 1) protective and anti-soiling coatings for primary reflectors, 2) very high-reflective surfaces for heliostats, 3) high-temperature secondary reflectors, 4) receiver coatings, 5) corrosion resistant high-temperature metals and coatings for molten salts. RAISELIFE runs through March 31,2020.

RAISELIFE

Contact:
Dr. Wulf Pfeiffer
+49 761 5142-166
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EMMC-CSA

European Materials Modelling Council

The eu project EMMC-CAS aims to establish current and forward looking complementary activities necessary to bring the field of materials modelling closer to the demands of manufacturers (both small and large enterprises) in Europe. Consequently, materials modelling and simulation will become an integral part of product life cycle management, thereby making a strong contribution to enhance innovation and competitiveness on a global level. EMMC-CSA runs through August 31, 2019.

EMMC-CSA

Contact:
Dr. Adham Hashibon
+49 761 5142-287
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ReduWearGuid

Reduction of wear on guiding components in hot strip mill

Guiding components in steel strip production have to bear a lot. They have to be highly resistant against abrasive and adhesive wear, thermal impact and corrosion. The project ReduWearGuid aims to reduce the wear on guiding components used in hot rolling mill (pinch roll, sideguides, conveyor rolls) by the application of a new type of lubricants, wear protective coatings or wear resistant materials. The main objectives are the increased life time of guiding components, the reduction of production costs and downtimes and the reduction of surface defects on the strip. The role of Fraunhofer IWM is to model and simulate guiding components, i.e. a) laying out the most suitable designs for guiding components made of ceramic (i.e., conveyer rolls and side guides ) which meet the demands of hot rolling application, b) Assessment of mechanical and thermal stresses generated under complex contact conditions in guiding components, c) Quantitative characterization of wear mechanisms on guiding components, d)Delivering an optimized and ceramic-friendly design for up-scaling process. ReduWearGuid runs trough December 31, 2019.

ReduWearGuid 

Contact:
Dr. Andreas Kailer
+49 761 5142-247
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DURAMECH

Towards Best Practice for Bolted Connections in High Strength Steels

The goal of this eu project is to understand, predict and, finally, increase the fatigue resistance of bolted connections. These results will apply in the construction of moderately thick strength materials, used in applications for heavy machinery. Contemporary, design guidelines and best practice modelling techniques for these types of connection will be derived. Fraunhofer IWM contributes with characterization of materials (e.g. LCF Tests und Tension Torsion Tests), analyses of fractured surfaces, residual stress measurements, simulation of ounching processes, etc. DURAMECH runs through August 31, 2019.

DURAMECH 

Contact:
Dr. Michael Luke
+49 761 5142-338
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Hercules 2

High Efficiency Rear Contact solar cells and Ultra powerful moduLES

The project HERCULES-2 - the next phase of the R&D program HERCULES on large engine technologies - targets the fuel-flexible large marine engine, optimally adaptive to its operating environment. The objectives of HERCULES-2 are associated to 4 areas of engine integrated R&D: Improving fuel flexibility for seamless switching between different fuel types, including non-conventional fuels; formulating new materials to support high temperature component applications; developing adaptive control methodologies to retain performance over the power plant lifetime; and achieving near-zero emissions, via combined integrated after treatment of exhaust gases. HERCULES-2 runs through April 30, 2018.

Hercules 2

Contact:
Dr. Christoph Schweizer
Phone +49 761 5142-382
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iStress

Pre-standardization of incremental FIB micro-milling for intrinsic stress evaluation at the sub-micron scale

The aim of the iStress project is to develop and promote pre-standardization of an innovative, highly reproducible and automated family of protocols for the measurement and analysis of residual stress at the sub-micron-scale, which affect the properties and lifetime of a wide range of micro/nanostructured and amorphous materials, thin films, MEMS devices and engineering coatings. iStress ran through December 31, 2016.

iStress

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl
Phone +49 761 5142-495
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SimPhoNy

Simulation framework for multi-scale phenomena in micro- and nanosystems

SimPhoNy can be defined as the "Development of an integrated multi-scale modelling environment for nanomaterials and systems by design". The main concept is to augment existing open-source and commercial simulation tools and supplement them with sophisticated interface software libraries that allow for flow of information from one component to the other and from one scale to another. SimPhoNy ran through December 31, 2016.

SimPhoNy

Contact:
Dr. Adham Hashibon
Phone +49 761 5142-287
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SIMCHAIN

Development of physically based simulation chain for microstructure evolution

The focus of SIMCHAIN is to establish a ready to use software set that predicts the influence of various process parameters on the resulting mechanical properties during additive manufacturing processes. The development of the simulation models will be accompanied by experiments to define essential material parameters and to calibrate, validate and optimize the derived models. SIMCHAIN ran through May 31, 2016.

SIMCHAIN

Contact:
Dr. Dirk Helm
Phone +49 761 5142-158
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Iprocom

The development of in silico process models for roll compaction

IPROCOM is a multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral consortium, the goal of which is to address scientific and technology challenges in the manufacture of particulate products (pharmaceuticals, catalyst pellets, detergent tablets, fertilizer, biomass and metal components) through a coordinated and structured research training program. IPROCOM brings together experts from the engineering, pharmaceutical science, materials science and computer science disciplines and ran through December 31, 2016.

IPROCOM

Contact:
Dr. Torsten Kraft
Telefon +49 721 4640-248
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Z-Ultra

Z phase strengthened steels for ultra-supercritical power plants

The aim of Z-Ultra is to develop heat resistant steel which would increase the thermal efficiency of fossil power plants to over 50% - 30% higher than the present standard in most existing power plants - with CO2 emissions being reduced accordingly. The project ran through July 31, 2016.

Z-Ultra

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Hermann Riedel
Telefon +49 761 5142-103
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WinSmart

Smart Window System

The main goal WinSmart is to develop a smart window system that will contribute to meeting the energy efficiency targets of the building industry by 2020. This will be achieved through a new vacuum insulation glazing (VIG) solution combined with newly developed and robust switchable glazing systems mounted in durable and energy efficient sash and frame. WinSmart ran through September 30, 2016.

WinSmart

Contact:
Tobias Rist
Telefon +49 721 4640-430
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SOLARGENIX

Visible-Light Active Metal Oxide Nano-catalysts for Sustainable Solar Hydrogen Production

The SOLARGENIX project investigated novel nanostructured photocatalysts starting from comprehensive theoretical and experimental investigations on visible-light active meta-oxides for photoelectrochemical splitting of water to target the environmental hydrogen production from saline water by sun illumination. SOLARGENIX ran through January 31, 2016.

SOLARGENIX

Contact:
Dr. Leonhard Mayrhofer
Telefon +49 721 4640-388
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TWIP4EU

Material modeling of high strength TWIP steels

The aim of the TWIP4EU project was to develop a simulation framework to accurately model the complex deformation and forming behavior of TWIP steels. The developed model facilitated the introduction of TWIP steels in the automotive industry, with results also being highly beneficial to describe the crash behavior of TWIP steels.

TWIP4EU

Contact:
Dr. Alexander Butz
Telefon +49 761 5142-369
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ArtiVasc

Artificial vascularized scaffolds for 3D-tissue regeneration

The aim of the ArtiVasc project was to provide a micro- and nano-scale based manufacturing and functionalization technology for the generation of fully vascularized bio-artificial fatty tissue. By combining the fatty tissue with a dermal and epidermal cell layer a 3-layered skin equivalent is developed. ArtiVasc ran through October 31, 2015.

ArtiVasc

Contact:
Dr. Raimund Jaeger
Telefon +49 761 5142-284
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MultiHy 

Multiscale Modeling of Hydrogen Embrittlement

The aim of MultiHy was to develop industrially-relevant computational models to assist in the evaluation of the susceptibility of complex materials to hydrogen embrittlement under realistic service conditions. This was achieved by creating an advanced multiscale framework and applying it to real industrial problems involving hydrogen embrittlement. MultiHy ran through April 30, 2015.

MultiHy

Contact:
Dr. Matous Mrovec
Telefon +49 761 5142-375
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Dr. Wulf Pfeiffer
Telefon +49 761 5142-166
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MACPLUS

Material-Component Performance-driven Solutions for Long-Term Efficiency Increase in Ultra Supercritical Power Plants

The aim of the MACPLUS project was to increase the net efficiency of coal-fired power plants by increasing the performance and reliability of some of the most critical components including: refractory materials of the combustion chamber, headers and pipeworks in existing coal-fired USC power plants, superheaters in high temperature oxidation / hot corrosion-erosion environments and boiler tubes coated with metallic alloys able to withstand co-combustion conditions. MACPLUS ran through June 30, 2015.

MACPLUS

Contact:
Philipp von Hartrott
Telefon +49 761 5142-382
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Topography Evolution

A combined atomistic/continuum investigation of topography evolution

This project, coordinated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, used molecular dynamics and continuum methods, a hybrid atomistic/continuum approach aimed to reveal at which length-scale the continuum theory began to fail in its description of the basic plastic processes and what new phenomena occurred below this scale. Topography Evolution ran through April 30, 2014.

Topography Evolution

Contact:
Dr. Lars Pastewka
Telefon +49 761 5142-432
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CleanTools 

Friction Welding Technology Enables Flexible Medical Instruments

The innovative CleanTools project developed a novel method to join Nitinol to stainless steel using a biocompatible interlayer. Prototype tests showed that the rotary friction welds developed by the CleanTools project meet the requirements for intramedullary reamers and showed better performance than established reamers. Cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing have become easier, more efficient and more reliable, in turn reducing the risk of cross infection between patients. CleanTools ran through April 30, 2014.

CleanTools

Contact:
Dr. Dirk Helm
Telefon +49 761 5142-158
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ORAMA

Oxide Materials for the Post-Silicon Electronics Era

The ORAMA project addressed a holistic approach to promote oxide electronics as a new technology at the cutting edge of the semiconductor industry. The oxide materials developed in ORAMA have a high potential to enable new electronic/IT products by enabling current Si-based functionalities to be implemented on flexible substrates and owing to their intrinsic transparent properties. ORAMA ran through September 30, 2014.

ORAMA

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

Enhanced Reliability and Lifetime of Ceramic Components through Multi-Scale Modelling of Degradation and Damage

The main objective of the RoLiCer project was to construct a knowledge-based system for advanced ceramic materials to bridge the gap in knowledge between the microstructural properties and degradation phenomena. RoLiCer ran through December 1, 2014.

RoLiCer

Contact:
Dr. Andreas Kailer
Telefon +49 761 5142-247
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OPTS

Optimization of a Thermal Energy Storage System with Integrated Steam Generator

The OPTS project aimed to develop a novel thermal energy storage system based on a single tank configuration which used molten salt as the storage medium. OPTS ran through November 30, 2014.

OPTS

Contact:
Dr. Wulf Pfeiffer
Telefon +49 761 5142-166
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