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26-05-2020 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Greetings from the Silver City

On the campus of the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Germany, research has been conducted since 1765 on the extraction, processing, refining and reuse of raw materials and substances. The sustainable use of resources is also the driving force for innovative research projects at the Chair of Ceramics.

26-05-2020 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Ceramic Coatings for High-Tech Applications

For a long time, the production of ceramic coatings has only been possible by means of sintering techniques conducted at more than 1,000 °C. However, a novel spraying method, Powder Aerosol Deposition (PAD), enables their production at normal room temperatures.

26-05-2020 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

Lamborghini Unveils the Huracán Evo RWD Spyder

Lamborghini has unveiled its Huracán Evo RWD Spyder. Like the coupé, the convertible provides 449 kW (610 HP) of power and a maximum torque of 560 Nm.

22-05-2020 | Motorcycles | News | Article

BMW Motorrad Enters the Cruiser Segment with Its R 18

The new BMW R 18 has been designed to evoke classic bikes such as the BMW R 5. The R 18 is powered by a newly developed, high-capacity two-cylinder boxer engine.

20-05-2020 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Toyota Uses Liquid Glass for New Aluminium Casting Technology

Toyota has developed new aluminium casting technology for cylinder heads that uses liquid glass in place of sand and adhesive cylinder heads. This will help to reduce odour and smoke during production.

18-05-2020 | Hybrid Drive | News | Article

Toyota to Roll out the Yaris Cross Compact SUV in 2021

The Toyota Yaris Cross is longer, wider and taller than the Yaris compact car. The mini SUV with hybrid drive offers raised ground clearance and is optionally available with all-wheel drive.

15-05-2020 | Driver Assistance Systems | News | Article

Driverless Transport System for SMEs

Driverless transport systems are set to soon become affordable for small businesses: the start-up Flexlog and the IPH want to work together on a joint project to develop an inexpensive and flexible driverless transport system that is easy to put into operation.

14-05-2020 | Emissions | News | Article

Mazda Researches Microalgae Biofuel

Mazda considers renewable liquid fuels vital to sustainably reducing CO2. That's why the Japanese car manufacturer is researching microalgae biofuel together with other partners. 

12-05-2020 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

Thermoplastic Composite Leaf Spring is Ready for Series Production

An RTM process developed by Fraunhofer ICT allows parts to be produced using thermoplastic composites. It has been used successfully to produce an automotive leaf spring, demonstrating that it is ready to go into series production.

11-05-2020 | Materials Technology | News | Article

"For the energy transition, we have to rely on diversity."

Prof. Dr. Olivier Guillon is director of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. In an interview with the Interceram, he explains what makes Jülich special as a research location and talks about his vision of an energy transition.

07-05-2020 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

Futuricum Builds Five-Axle Electric Concrete Mixer Truck

Swiss electric lorry manufacturer Futuricum is developing a five-axle electric concrete mixer truck for the construction materials companies Holcim and Kibag. The basic chassis is designed by Volvo.

06-05-2020 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

All-Plastic Brake Pedal Suitable for Large-Scale Production

Lanxess and Boge Elastmetall have developed an all-plastic brake pedal. The pedal will first be used in battery-electric sports cars, but the manufacturing process is also suitable for large-scale production.  

04-05-2020 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

BMW Announces Details About the X5 with Fuel-Cell Drive

BMW has announced the first technical details about its fuel-cell drive. The drive will offer a system performance of 275 kW and is due to come on the market in 2022 as a small series.

30-04-2020 | Energy Technology | News | Article

Generating Electricity with Waste Heat at the Rotary Kiln

Energy efficiency - More than half of the energy in the industry remains unused and is lost as waste heat. Far too often it evaporates unused into the air, even though it is valuable. This also applies to the ceramic industry.

30-04-2020 | Mechanical Engineering + Materials | News | Article

Tandem Solar Cell World Record

A special branch in the famous NREL-chart for solar cell world records refers to a newly developed tandem solar cell by HZB teams. The world-record cell combines the semiconductors perovskite and CIGS to a monolithic "two-terminal" tandem cell. It achieves a certified efficiency of 24.16 %.

30-04-2020 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Presents T1 Samba Bus as the e-Bulli

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has restored a 1966 model T1 Samba Bus and upgraded it with an electric drive. Although the e-Bulli is still a study, corresponding T1 conversions will be available soon.

28-04-2020 | Interior | News | Article

Variable Storage Tray for Vehicle Interiors

A new type of storage tray developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) appears only when it is needed. The tray is made from a shape-memory alloy and was developed together with supplier Brose.

27-04-2020 | Ergonomics + HMI | News | Article

3D Display from Continental Enters Series Production at Hyundai

Continental has developed a 3D display which is now entering series production in a vehicle. Hyundai Motor Corporation is using the 3D display, which does not require special goggles, in its new Genesis GV80 SUV.

23-04-2020 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

Spray Quality in Gluing and Coating Processes

A new and automated control system can monitor the spray quality in gluing and coating processes in-line and in real time using a laser, high-precision optics and artificial intelligence (AI). It is an alternative to visual quality control that is quicker, consistently accurate and more economical in the long term. 

20-04-2020 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Edag Develops Crash-Proof Aluminium Alloy for 3D Printing

Together with its partners, Edag has researched a new alloy for additive manufacturing which will enable components to be manufactured at significantly reduced weight without compromising crash safety.

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