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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
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    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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  • EPEEC project / 2018

    Bringing European parallel programming technology to the exascale era

    Press Release / 5.12.2018

    Group photo EPEEC
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    Launched on 1 October 2018, the European EPEEC project (European joint Effort toward a Highly Productive Programming Environment for Heterogeneous Exascale Computing) has received €3.9 M in funding to develop and deploy a production-ready parallel programming environment. This will turn future exascale supercomputers, which will be overwhelmingly heterogeneous, into manageable platforms for application developers in different domains.

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  • Plastic Processing / 2018

    Reliably Simulating Polyurethane Foams

    Press Release / 5.11.2018

    PU-Expansionssimulation mit FOAM
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    Car seats, mattresses and insulation materials are often made of polyurethane foams. The foaming process of the liquid polymer emulsions is complex. Fraunhofer researchers are now able to simulate the foaming behavior and reliably characterize the material. This also works with composite materials in which the plastic foams are combined with textile structures.

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  • Mathematical Fraunhofer Institutes at the Anuga FoodTec / 2018

    MESHFREE: Process Simulation for the Food Industry

    Press Release / 13.3.2018

    Beer Foam
    © Fraunhofer ITWM/www.istockphoto.com/Deklofenak (use of this image only in the context of reporting this press release)

    With MESHFREE, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM and the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI provide an innovative software product for the mesh-free simulation of physical processes. MESHFREE can simulate a large variety of food technology processes including shaping, homogenizing, injection, kneading, pressing or stirring. At the booth of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, the experts present the software solution in Hall 4.2 E054 / E058.

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  • Ladestation fuer Elektroauto
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    The infrastructure for charging electric vehicles is growing tremendously. By 2025, German automakers want at least 15 percent of their sales to be electric vehicles. Security vulnerabilities, however, plague the charging process. Mathias Dalheimer, an expert at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, warns that nearly anybody could debit charging costs to the userfriendly but insecure charging card of an unsuspecting user.

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  • Research News / 2017

    Simple, rapid determination of cable properties

    Press Release / 2.11.2017

    MeSOMICS
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    Trying to fit all the necessary cables into a car is anything but an easy task. Simulations can be helpful, but the properties of each cable need to be precisely defined up front. The automated MeSOMICS measurement system enables carmakers, for the first time, to define these parameters simply and rapidly, without having to call on outside experts: a solution that saves time and money.

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  • Research News / 2017

    Self-programming paint booth: Automated painting of individual pieces

    Press Release / 1.8.2017

    Graphische schematische Darstellung des 3D-Scans
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    Reductions of 20 percent in paint use, 15 percent in energy consumption and 5 percent in production time – the SelfPaint automated painting system offers significant advantages compared to manual painting operations, which have previously been the preferred option. SelfPaint’s biggest advantage could well be that it is also suitable for painting individual pieces, known in industry as batch size 1.

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