Hannover Messe 2019 Smartpro Network: Research on sustainability

Editor: Theresa Knell

The research network Smartpro is showing its work on conservational resource management and climate-friendly energy use.

The Smartpro network shows what research for a sustainable future can achieve.
The Smartpro network shows what research for a sustainable future can achieve.
(Source: Hochschule Aalen)

The aim is to use the results for resource- and energy-efficient products. This research in industrial and scientific fields keeps economic aspects in view. Central areas of application are:

  • Electrical energy converters for energy-efficient motors, wind power and factory automation
  • Battery technology for e-mobility and portable electronics
  • Smart composite materials for transport, energy generation and
  • industrial automationProduction technology for Industry 4.0 applications.

Research for the region

The projects look into, for example, materials for magnets and batteries, hybrid lightweight- construction materials, and tools for quality assessment. Current topics are thermally stressed permanent magnets, additive manufacture of miniaturised sensors for automatic component measurement, and production technology for li-ion battery electrodes with improved service lifetimes. This research is particularly valuable for regional firms in the sectors automobile, machine and tool construction, photonics and production technology. In total, more than 30 firms have joined the Smartpro network, including 15 small and medium-sized firms as well as further partners in research and transfer.

At the fair, Smartpro uses exhibits to show results from the research. These include electric motors, magnetic drives and impeller drives. For lightweight-construction tasks, multi-functional working materials are on show, among them hybrid materials such as CFRP re-cast under pressure.

Focus on additive production

A further focus is on additive production. This enables additional functions to be integrated into component. An example for metal 3D printing is in gear wheels with integrated cooling passages. At the booth, a virtual reality system gives insights into CT scanning of gear wheels with internal fluid ducts. Likewise in metal 3D printing, the use of optimised hard metal powder as a starting material and the post-treatment of tools with special laser processes are on show. For 3D printing with optical materials, prototype 3D volume displays and 3D measurement sensors can be seen.

Visit Hochschule Aalen at Hannover Messe in Hall 2, Joint Booth A18.

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