Press Releases

  • Fraunhofer ITWM With Three Exhibits at the Trade Fair Control / 2022

    Digital Twins and Terahertz Waves Ensure Quality

    Press Release  / April 28, 2022

    The Control trade fair has taken place annually in Germany since 1987.
    © Fraunhofer ITWM

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM will again be present at the international trade fair for quality assurance »Control« in Stuttgart. From May 3 to 6, the researchers will show their testing systems for assuring product quality in industrial environments in hall 6, booth 6301. Two of the exhibits are dedicated to the material characterization of test materials, a third to the virtual development of inspection systems.

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  • Anuga FoodTec: Process Simulation with MESHFREE / 2022

    Innovative Simulation for the Food Industry

    Press Release  / April 20, 2022

    A spraying full-cone nozzle: left in the experiment, right in the simulation
    © Fraunhofer IVV/Fraunhofer ITWM

    Whether cleaning, stirring, kneading or injection processes – MESHFREE can be used to reliably simulate food technology processes. The software product developed by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Industrial Mathematics ITWM and for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI uses grid-free simulations to map physical processes. This year, the institutes will again be represented at Anuga FoodTec from April 26 to 29 in Hall 7.1 at Stand A049.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM Develops Optical Measurement Systems for the Sub-2 µM Range / 2022

    The Next Generation of OCT Layer Thickness Measurement Systems

    Press Release / March 23, 2022

    A multilayer plastic pipe consisting of outer and inner layers with an EVOH layer bonded via adhesion promoters in between.
    © Fraunhofer ITWM

    Imaging techniques are known mainly from medicine: high-resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used in ophthalmology, for example. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM uses this technique to measure the thickness of very thin layers and is developing the next generation of these measurement systems in the »Dünnschicht-OCT« project. In this project, the researchers, together with Mabri.Vision GmbH, are advancing into layer thickness ranges of less than 2 µm. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action is funding the project in its »Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand« (ZIM).

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  • Computed Tomography for the Construction Industry / 2022

    CT Analysis of Concrete Beams

    Press Release / Research News / March 01, 2022

    Concrete sample with crack.
    © Fraunhofer ITWM

    Concrete’s properties as a material have made it an essential part of today’s construction methods. Alongside its many advantages, however, this universal favorite has its share of drawbacks – the most prominent being that its heterogeneous nature makes it difficult to dimension components and structures on the basis of simulations. Cracks induced by bending tests have provided some insights into component behavior. Now, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM are developing analysis software designed for computed tomography, with the aim of making it possible to see even the tiniest structural changes in reinforced concrete components. In the future the system will be able to evaluate several terabytes of CT image data – and quantum computing may come into play here too.

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  • Joint Funding for Fraunhofer ITWM and Fraunhofer IMM / 2022

    AMMONPAKTOR – EU Project Aims to Improve Fuel Cells

    Press Release / February 11, 2022

    Ministerial Director Daniel Stich hands over funding notification Ammonpaktor
    © Fraunhofer IMM

    The energy transition can only succeed if many decentralized storage options and new energy sources are used. That is why ERDF is funding a very special project to explore the potential of ammonia as a hydrogen storage medium. The research partners are the Fraunhofer Institute for Microtechnology and Microsystems IMM in Mainz and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern. Yesterday, Ministerial Director Daniel Stich handed over the funding notification in Mainz.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM Conducts Research in the Fraunhofer DFG Transfer Program / 2022

    ProP4CableSim – Trilateral Project Simulates Cable Systems in Vehicles

    Press Release / January 17, 2022

    Large deformations can occur during cable assembly; describing them better is a goal of ProP4CableSim.
    © fleXstructures

    No more cable clutter: The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM is working on the prediction of the elastic properties of cable systems in the »ProP4CableSim« project. It is part of a special transfer program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Partners of Fraunhofer ITWM are Saarland University and the ITWM spin-off fleXstructures GmbH.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM Helps to Establish National Research Data Infrastructure / 2021

    Bringing Order to (Research) Data

    Press Release / December 16, 2021

    © MaRDI

    Research data should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. So far, however, they are often decentralized, project-related or only available for a limited period of time. The National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) initiative aims to combat this with a permanent digital repository of knowledge. With the Mathematical Research Data Initiative (MaRDI), Fraunhofer ITWM is also involved.

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  • Logistics: Mathematics Supports Supply Chain Optimization / 2021

    IT Solutions for Stable Supply Chains

    Research News / December 01, 2021

    To prevent supply bottlenecks, Fraunhofer researchers are developing software solutions.
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    Global supply chains comprise complex networks, making them particularly vulnerable. The UK is a prime example of this, where logistics problems are currently resulting in empty supermarket shelves and closed gas stations. Fraunhofer experts provide IT solutions that counteract supply bottlenecks in international goods traffic and maintain robust supply chains.

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  • Start of a New Conference Series at Fraunhofer ITWM / 2021

    KLAIM – Kaiserslautern Applied and Industrial Mathematics Days

    Press Release / October 14, 2021

    Opening of the event Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel in the lecture hall of the Fraunhofer ITWM.
    © Sven O. Krumke

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM experienced three days of intensive exchange: More than sixty international scientists accepted the invitation of the two organizers Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, Director of Fraunhofer ITWM, and Prof. Dr. Bernd Simeon from the Department of Mathematics at TU Kaiserslautern. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for applied mathematicians from universities, research laboratories, and industry to exchange ideas and present the latest research results.

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  • BMBF Joint Project Pflegeforensik: Software Supports Criminal Prosecution / 2021

    Using Artificial Intelligence to Combat Billing Fraud in the Care Sector

    Press Release / October 01, 2021

    Mit Künstlicher Intelligenz gegen Abrechnungsbetrug im Pflegedienst
    © Fraunhofer ITWM

    Fraud in the billing of outpatient care services has become a criminal phenomenon with increasing case numbers in recent years. This causes great damage to the social insurance system and results in enormous costs of several billion euros annually for the community of solidarity. Together with the Public Prosecutor's Office in Dresden and the Commissariat for Economic Crime of the Leipzig Police Department, researchers of Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM are taking action against this. They are developing AI software against billing fraud in the »PflegeForensik« project. The work is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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