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  • 19 Fraunhofer Institutes demonstrate the feasibility of a bio-based circular economy / 2021

    How Do We Want to Run Our Economy and Production?

    January 21, 2021

    © Fraunhofer EMB

    The wastewater treatment plant is turned into a vegetable farm, bio-based substances recovered from waste are being utilized to prevent oxidative spoilage in food packaging or provide environmentally-friendly and safe water-repellent coatings on functional textiles. In the EVOBIO project coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB, 19 Fraunhofer Institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable economy by developing new concepts that utilize material flows in bioeconomy process cycles to produce optimized materials for innovative products.

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  • Lock-In-Thermographie Mikroelektronik
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    The use of machine learning methods offers novel possibilities for automation, and thus for increasing the efficiency of failure diagnostic methods for electronic components and systems. Together with partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) wants to pioneer the way. The new methods are intended to facilitate the detection and analysis of complex failure modes. Furthermore, increasingly automated failure analysis and defect categorization will allow more components and data to be analyzed in order to detect and eliminate quality problems that have been undetectable up to now. This allows the production quality and lifespan of the components to be increased even further.

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  • Ultraschallmikroskopie Elektronik
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    Increased reliability of electronic components and systems by reducing the error rate along the value chain: 75 partners from 14 European countries are working together on the »Intelligent Reliability 4.0 (iRel40)« research project with this goal in mind under the leadership of Infineon Technologies AG. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS (Fraunhofer-Institut für Mikrostruktur von Werkstoffen und Systemen IMWS) is developing new concepts and methods for physical failure analysis and the creation of failure models. With this project, the consortium is paving the way for technologies such as autonomous driving and strengthening the competitive position of German and European industry.

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  • PV Wechselrichter Lebensdauer
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    In the project entitled Reliability Design, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS together with other partners plans to develop an efficient and trustworthy method for predicting the reliability and working life of inverters for use in photovoltaic and battery storage systems. The method could make a significant contribution to reducing the costs of generating electricity.

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  • 3D printing technology is entering more and more ranges of application and industries. Partially crystalline polymers are a crucial material type for additive manufacturing. However, manufacturing demanding plastic parts made with these materials must overcome many limitations. A research alliance linking the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS), the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (OVGU) intends to open up new ranges of application for plastic parts made by additive manufacturing. The joint project is sponsored both by the Free State of Saxony-Anhalt and through the European social fund for regional development (EFRE).

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  • When cold or hot food and drinks, sweets, sour or salty foods cause pain in the teeth, this is called dentin hypersensitivity, which is mainly caused by exposed tooth necks. On behalf of Omya International AG, one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial minerals, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) tested functional mineral particles that possess desensitizing properties in a toothpaste and can thus prevent symptoms.

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  • Wearing fixed braces can cause enamel to demineralize more around the edges of the teeth, which can be a source of caries. This effect can be counteracted with a combination of the peptide P11-4 and fluoride, as shown in a study by the Philipps University of Marburg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS), which demonstrated the efficiency of this combination. The research results were awarded the Oral-B Award for Pediatric Dentistry and Prevention 2020.

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    Application-oriented research as an interface between science and practice is both exciting and of huge importance. Last year students from the 10th to 13th grades were once again able to participate in the three-day workshop held at the Fraunhofer Institute for the Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale), immersing themselves in the scientific world and finding out about the research fields at the institute. The last date for signing up for the event was October 5th, 2019.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Fiber composite plastics and sandwich construction are established lightweight construction technologies. They enable enormous savings in terms of weight when implementing highly loadable structural components and are used for aircraft and vehicle applications, for example. So far, what these components have been lacking for a wide range of applications are smooth, visually appealing surfaces. In a joint project, the companies ElringKlinger AG, Daimler Truck AG, ThermHex Waben GmbH, Edevis GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS are working together to develop solutions and at the same time the appropriate processes for production and quality testing. The partners rely on metal-plastic hybrid sandwich materials.

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  • © Michael Deutsch

    Hydrogen is the key element to establish a sustainable chemical industry. With the electrolysis testing- and experimental platform in Leuna (ELP), subject to today’s festive groundbreaking ceremony, the Free State of Saxony-Anhalt assumes a pioneering role in achieving these goals. The pilot system will produce green hydrogen for the production of basic chemicals and fuels with low emissions as the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) in Leuna and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) in Halle (Saale) bring together their expertise.

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