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  • Functional layers for weather satellites

    Press Release / 21.2.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Special CFRP composite material for the production of microwave reflectors. Left: unprocessed material. Right: material after metallization and coating.

    Precise and reliable weather forecasts can save human lives and help to alleviate the worldwide effects of weather disasters. That is why MetOp-SG, Europe’s second generation of weather satellites, is being equipped with various innovative, high-performance research instruments. For example, an improved and highly sensitive radiometer is to be used in the future to measure terrestrial microwave radiation in order to determine air temperatures and water vapor concentrations at different elevations. The Fraunhofer IST is participating in this development along with Airbus DS and Invent GmbH.

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    Sensory element with force measuring sensors and additional meander structures for local temperature measurement.

    The requirements for production of the future keep increasing in the age of Industry 4.0: Processes have to be flexible, intelligently networked, and effective. Production facilities must be safe and intuitive to operate while simultaneously using resources efficiently. Against this background, there have been frequent demands in recent years for a further development of the sensor technology that is responsible for measurement data. This is intended to generate the measurement data where measuring systems can only be integrated with difficulty, for instance in direct contact between a work piece and tool.

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    Micro abrasive pencil with CVD diamond coating.

    In many areas of manufacturing such as in mechanical engineering or in the tool industry the demands are growing: Everything has to be carried out as quickly and precisely as possible. Often so-called micro abrasive pencils are used, which can produce extremely fine structures or precisely drill tiny holes. Conventional micro abrasive pencils are usually restricted to diameters above 0.2 millimeters and grain sizes larger than 20 μm. However, many manufacturing tasks are affording smaller diameters and finer grain sizes. At the Fraunhofer IST, innovative CVD diamond grinding pencils with a diameter of 0.05 millimeters have been developed.

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    Functional coating on motor components.

    Many components from the automotive industry, tool sector and mechanical engineering are subjected to high loads by e. g. friction and wear every day. DLC (diamond like carbon) coatings can increase service life and load capacity of such and reduce friction losses. For instance, the fuel consumption can be lowered significantly by coating different motor components such as crankshafts or bucket tappets.

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  • HAWK and Application Center for Plasma and Photonics of the Fraunhofer IST present developments which will soon conquer the households. / 2016

    Lower Saxony’s premier Stephan Weil: Plasma research is a driving force for innovation for the region of South Lower Saxony

    Press Release / 2.11.2016

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    F.l.t.r.: Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Viöl, Prof. Dr. Christiane Dienel, Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil

    The fact that the plasma technology is a cross-sectional technology which can be used in almost any field makes it that fascinating, said the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil during his visit of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Goettingen (HAWK). At the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology as well as the Application Center for Plasma and Photonics, located at the Zieten Terraces in Göttingen, he stressed how unusual it was that an University of Applied Sciences has developed such a research strength. ”We will continue to support this as a federal state,” explained Weil.

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  • New deputy director for Fraunhofer IST

    Press Release / 23.9.2016

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    The former and future institute managment of the Fraunhofer IST: Prof. Wolfgang Diehl, Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer und Dr. Lothar Schäfer (f.l.t.r.).

    On September 23, 2016, Fraunhofer IST said farewell to its long-time deputy director, Professor Wolfgang Diehl, in the course of a celebratory symposium. It focused primarily on the institute’s international further development in the preceding years, steadily driven by Diehl. The numerous guests recognized his outstanding performance in this field in technical presentations and the subsequent greetings.

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  • The economics minister of Lower Saxony visited the Fraunhofer IST / 2016

    Insights into the top-level research from Lower Saxony

    Press Release / 1.8.2016

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    Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer, Director of Fraunhofer IST (left) explains the wave guides which were coated at Fraunhofer IST to the economics minister of Lower Saxony Olaf Lies.

    During his annual summer journey the economics minister of Lower Saxony Olaf Lies visited the Fraunhofer-Institute for Thin Films and Surface Engineering IST in Braunschweig for the first time. His visit accompanied by Klaus-Peter Bachmann, vice president of the Lower Saxony Parliament, Dr. Christos Pantiazis, SPD provincial council delegate, and Matthias Wunderling-Weilbier, regional representative for regional development Braunschweig, on July 29, 2016 was focused on the topic plasma surface technology in Lower Saxony.

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  • Microfluidic liquid-liquid separator

    Press Release / 3.11.2015

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    Coating a separator (simulation with COMSOL® Multiphysics): Only branch A and part of the main duct are being coated. In the main duct the discharge is extinguished by the inert gas flowing out of branch B.

    For phase separation of liquid-liquid systems such as oil-water mixtures, facilities such as gravity separators, skimmers, centrifuges or membrane systems are generally applied, techniques which can only get integrated into continuous process chains with a high level of technical effort. The Fraunhofer IST takes account of the great need for continuous separators, which obtain high separation performances at easy process integration by showing this development at the Medica from November, 16–19 (Hall 10, Booth G05).

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  • Fighting head lice effectively with plasma

    Press Release / 3.11.2015

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    The plasma comb eliminates head lice and nits pain-free for the human hosts.

    Once head lice have attached themselves to hair follicles, they can deftly evade detection and are therefore hard to kill. Infestations of these bloodsucking parasites are commonly dealt with using chemicals and a specialized nit comb. Fraunhofer researchers are developing a technological comb that can reliably eliminate head lice using plasma with no biocide agents or chemicals. They will present a working prototype at the MEDICA exhibition (Hall 10, Booth G05) in Düsseldorf.

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    Prof. Yang, vice president of FCU, presented the certificate of appointment to Prof. Diehl.

    The Feng Chia University in Taiwan has appointed Prof. Wolfgang Diehl, deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST as "Distinguished CHAIR Professor FCU" within the "department of science" of the faculty of material science and technical engineering. On the 18th September 2015, Prof. Yang, vice president of FCU presented the certificate of appointment to Prof. Diehl within the context of a ceremony. In doing so the university pays tribute to the longstanding good scientific cooperation.

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