Press Releases

  • THREAD in Times of the Corona Crisis / 2020

    EU Doctoral Programme With Special Challenges


    THREAD ist ein einzigartiges Netzwerk von Universitäten, Forschungseinrichtungen und der Industrie aus Österreich, Belgien, Kroatien, Frankreich, Deutschland, Norwegen, Slowenien und Spanien, das junge Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler zusammenbringt.
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    On April 1, 2020, Davide Manfredo should have started his doctoral studies at the Fraunhofer ITWM in Kaiserslautern. He participates in a very special program in which the EU is funding 14 PhD positions across Europe for three years: «THREAD - Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications». The focus is on the direct application of new research in industrial practice. THREAD aims to promote international exchange and mobility of young scientists. But mobility is difficult at the moment. Instead of Kaiserslautern, Davide is now working from his parents’ home in Turin, where he presented his master's thesis via Skype last week and thus completed his master's degree – with the highest score. Corona thwarted his travel plans, but not those of his career.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM and Terahertz Technology Support Cultural Heritage / 2020

    L'Ultima Cena Observed by High Frequency Electromagnetic Waves

    Presseinformation / 16.3.2020

    Fraunhofer ITWM and Terahertz Technology Support Cultural Heritage
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    The preservation of historical art treasures requires not only restorers, but also research and the resulting high-tech solutions. This is especially true for world-famous works of art such as »L’Ultima Cena« by Leonardo da Vinci, which pose additional challenges to museums due to their age. The Fraunhofer ITWM now supports a new approach to restauration.

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  • Research News / 2020

    A Communal Energy Hub

    Press Release / 2.1.2020

    The water settlement in the north of Amsterdam is complete since September 2019.
    © Isabel Nabuurs

    The amount of energy produced by renewable sources ebbs and flows. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM has found a smart work-around for these fluctuations. Its scientists developed an innovative energy management system that connects photovoltaic systems, batteries, heat pumps and electric cars to power individual households or entire neighborhoods with locally produced renewable energy.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM Supports Development of New CFRP Fibers with Simulation Expertise / 2019

    ProStAir: Reducing Pollutant Emissions with Recycled Fibers

    Presseinformation / 5.11.2019

    Virtuelle Darstellung der simulierten Ausrichtung von recycelten Carbonfasern im Vliesstoff
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    The heavier a motor vehicle, the higher its exhaust emissions. For years, the automotive industry has been trying to counteract this trend by increasing the use of lightweight components. As a rule, these consist of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP). The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM supports the development of novel CFRP fibers in the ProStAir project with its simulation expertise.

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  • Tire simulation with ITWM Software CDTire / 2019

    Fraunhofer ITWM Signs Cooperation Agreement with CATARC

    Press Release / 30.9.2019

    Conclusion of contract with CATARC
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    The China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), with around 4,700 employees, is China's largest research, testing and certification center for the automotive industry. In September 2019, Fraunhofer ITWM and CATARC have signed a strategic cooperation agreement.

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  • 45°-Schrägzugversuch eines dichten Glasfaser-Gewebes, in einem Rahmen fixiert. Versuch durchgeführt beim ITA.
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    Fiber-reinforced plastics are the basis for many applications in state-of-the-art lightweight design, and they offer numerous advantages. One major obstacle for smaller companies, however, is the requisite know-how concerning the ideal fiber and textile arrangement. In collaboration with the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) and the Assoc. Institute for Management Cybernetics (IfU) in Aachen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM has now developed a mathematical simulation method for optimizing the drapability (deformability) of textiles.

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  • Analysis Tool for Chemical Processes / 2019

    Saving Energy in the Production of Chemicals

    Press Release / Research News / 8.5.2019

    Bortz and Küfer of the Fraunhofer ITWM receive the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize
    © Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft/Piotr Banczerowski

    Whether in agriculture, industry or private households, chemicals are needed everywhere. However, their production requires a very large amount of energy. With a new type of hybrid access, energy can be saved in the double-digit per-centage range depending on the plant and process. The development took place in the team of PD Dr. Michael Bortz and Prof. Karl-Heinz Küfer at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, for which they will be awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.

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  • Simulation Tool for High-quality Filaments / 2019

    Simulating and Optimizing Industrial Spinning Processes

    Press Release / Research News / 2.5.2019

    Industrielle Spinnprozesse simulieren und optimieren
    © Fraunhofer ITWM

    Spinning polymer filaments, for example for personal care articles, is highly complex: simulating the processes involved is too much for currently available computing power to handle. Fraunhofer researchers have successfully applied new approaches to simplify the calculations necessary for simulation. Now for the first time complete spinning processes can be simulated, providing a better understanding of the processes and greatly simplifying their optimization.

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  • How Students Design a Better Future with Math / 2019

    Fraunhofer ITWM Supports STEM Games 2019

    Press Release / 23.4.2019

    In addition to competitions in the scientific disciplines, the STEM Games are also about sports and fun.
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    Under the theme »Life as we know it« this year’s STEM Games take place in Porec, Croatia from 7 to 12 May 2019. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM is not only partner but also functioning in the jury and with mentors. In this international competition the students of different STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) team up to master complex tasks in four arenas. Aside from the scientific contest they also get to compete in nine different sport disciplines.

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  • Mobile Terahertz Technology / 2019

    Plastics: Terahertz Testing with a Handheld Scanner

    Presse Release / 27.2.2019

    Hand-held terahertz sensor
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    Suitable measurement and inspection techniques for process monitoring and quality control are still lacking in some areas of industrial manufacturing. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern have found a promising solution to this challenging problem based on mobile terahertz technology.

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