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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains over 80 research units at more than 40 different locations throughout Germany. A staff of some 12,700, predominantly qualified scientists and engineers, works with an annual research budget of over one billion euros.



Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment.

 


Photo-catalytic paint surfaces clean air off nitrogen oxides
03 January, 2013
Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how surface coatings behave during a long-term test. They are introducing the test at the booth of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in Booth 131 / 135 in Hall C2 at the Trade Fair BAU that will take place from 14 – 19 January, 2013, in Munich, Germany.
Generative manufacturing used to make a wireless sensor network and the means of powering it
21 November, 2012
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They can "harvest’ the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers presented a printed thermogenerator, which in the future will be able to generate energy supply for sensors through temperature differences.
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
12 November, 2012
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
Tape Laying gets closer to Series Production
05 November, 2012
Tape laying makes it possible to produce precisely fitting continuous-fibre structures with no or nearly no waste due to clippings. This process is still too slow, however, for high-volume component series such as those needed by automobile manufacturers for compact-class models.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
01 October, 2012
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft′s wings.
Titanium dioxide molecules clean surfaces by photocatalysis
23 August, 2012
The sun breaks through the clouds – and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it’s all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests of garden chairs nice and clean.
Amorphous chalcogenide glass used for cost-effective production of infrared lenses
14 August, 2012
If visibility is poor, thermal cameras can warn drivers of people or animals on the road. Yet such devices have been very expensive – until now. An important step has been taken to manufacture them more cheaply. A new process will make the infrared lenses – a component of such cameras – up to 70 percent cheaper.
Flicker-free across the Internet
31 December, 2006
It takes a consistently high transmission quality to convey phone calls, videos and information over the Internet all at the same time. Fraunhofer researchers are testing prototypes for the next-generation Internet in a project known as NGN-PlaNetS.
Nothing but first-class seats at the movies
30 December, 2006
Invisible, but audible, is the latest attraction at the Bavaria Film Studios near Munich. The '4D cinema experience' is the second movie theater in Germany to have departed from conventional multi-channel sound. The IOSONO system creates perfect surround sound at every seat.
Fuel cells for mobility
29 December, 2006
Whether its diesel, natural gas or gasoline, ceramic high-temperature fuel cells can convert a wide range of fuels into heat and power. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technology that makes cost-effective, long-lasting fuel cells possible.
Bonding and
28 December, 2006
Adhesives are supposed to harden quickly and reliably, and connection should be debondable without difficulty once they have done their job. Fraunhofer researchers have developed the first adhesive to reconcile these contradictory requirements.
Best Quality: Rivet by rivet
28 December, 2006
Take a close-up look at an aircraft and you soon realize what holds it together, rivets. Several hundred thousand metal rivets go into every passenger aircraft. The riveted joints are subjected to enormous forces. A new quality shows defects during production.
The empathetic car
27 December, 2006
Driver assistance systems are popular, but they can sometimes be rather complicated to operate. In future, intelligent human-machine interfaces will ensure that drivers receive relevant information in manageable quantities in any situation.
Airbags in an X-ray movie
27 December, 2006
Critical events often occur with blinding speed and hidden from view. The ignition of an airbag, for instance, takes just 150 milliseconds. With X-ray cinematography, processes of this kind can now be viewed for the first time.
High water and a baptism of fire
26 December, 2006
Though scientists can do little to prevent flooding, they can do a great deal to prepare optimum up-to-date information from disaster areas for crisis intervention teams. Systems such as MobiKat facilitate the work of the relief units.
Creating the right vibrations, in a car
26 December, 2006
To give their cars the right acoustic properties on the road, manufacturers check them out on a variety of test rigs, a complicated and expensive undertaking. A new adaptive car structure test facility combines stress and hydraulic testing stations in a single compact model.
Saving gas with magnesium
25 December, 2006
Manufacturers are starting to build energy-saving vehicles that are as lightweight as possible. A European team of researchers has developed and tested new, lightweight and extremely robust magnesium alloys for this purpose.
High tech for ancient Egyptians
25 December, 2006
Ancient Egyptian tombs are priceless, and conserving them is a challenge to conservators. For the first time ever, researchers have used laser light to remove the accumulated dirt of millennia. The setting was the tomb of a high-ranking official not far from the Valley of the Kings.
Glass fibers instead of copper cables
24 December, 2006
Semiconductor technology is expensive. Novel optical microchips made of plastic are set to bring down the price of fiber-optic technology in future. Personal fiber-optic connections for private individuals and industrial enterprises may soon become a reality.
Reinforced racquets and heated wallpaper
24 December, 2006
Extremely conductive, stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum, these are only a few of the amazing properties of carbon nanotubes. An innovative method now enables the 'miracle material' to be processed on an industrial scale.
Smart technology for racing cyclists
23 December, 2006
In bicycle racing, thousandths of a second can make all the difference. Anyone who wants to be among the first must train hard. Ambient Intelligence, an intelligent environment of sensors and computers, helps riders to improve their performance.
Casting light on the nano world
23 December, 2006
Microscopes with 4Pi and STED technology produce images of unprecedented clarity, attaining a resolution up to ten times higher than that of the best light-optical microscopes. The Fraunhofer Patent Center supported the inventor and established contacts with industry.
New Center for Central and Eastern Europe
22 December, 2006
Europe needs to gather its forces in a united effort to face up to global competition. The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is bringing together science and industry in East and West with its newly founded Center for Central and Eastern Europe, MOEZ.
Teachable servants
22 December, 2006
What's the easiest way of telling a robot what to do? It
Filters made of metal
21 December, 2006
Microfilters soon clog up and require elaborate cleaning. A new filter made of a metal fabric simply shakes off the offending deposits. It has an evenly sized pore structure of a defined granularity and is more durable than existing products.
New flame retardant provides effective shield
20 December, 2006
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How safe is nano?
20 December, 2006
Nanocosmetics, nanopaint, nano car-wash: 'Nano' is already a well-established market, with nanoparticle sales forecast at 900 million US dollars in 2005. So far though, not much is known about the short and long-term effects on health and environment.
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
19 December, 2006
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
Targeted search for new ideas
19 December, 2006
Companies would be unable to compete on the global market without innovations. The same flexibility is required of small and medium-size enterprises. A new free Internet tool can help to identify opportunities, develop ideas, and drive them forward to market.
Virtual Office of the Future, printers, fax machines and scanners
19 December, 2006
In the Virtual Office of the Future, printers, fax machines and scanners will not need to be addressed directly. Jobs will be automatically distributed to the appropriate output device by software. Sports journalists will be the system
Turbulent fibers
18 December, 2006
From car interiors to diapers, non-woven tissues are used every-where. Manufacturers are aiming to produce increasingly hard-wearing non-woven tissues from as little plastic as possible. A simulation model has been designed to help optimize the process.
Award-winning material
18 December, 2006
Designers are always on the lookout for glossy metals that have a high-quality appearance, yet are light and easy to handle. Fraunhofer researchers have won the International Forum Design
Energy from ceramics
17 December, 2006
Micro fuel cells are already being acclaimed as an alternative to batteries. However, producing them from hundreds of tiny separate parts is complex and expensive. An alternative is now available: ceramic fuel cells that can be manufactured in one piece.
Cinema sound at home and away
16 December, 2006
The sound emerging from home cinemas and digital radios will soon be almost as good as that of a movie theater. At the international consumer electronics exhibition IFA in Berlin, Fraunhofer researchers presented the technology that makes it possible.
Look, listen and be amazed
15 December, 2006
Making its first public appearance at the IFA international consumer electronics fair in Berlin, the Multimedia Dome is the first digital dome theater to feature natural spatial sound: it envelops visitors in fascinating universe of video pictures and sound. Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Architecture and Software Technology FIRST and the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT.
Coming to your cinema soon, WorldScreen
14 December, 2006
Filming for the cinema results in enormous quantities of data; a 90 minutes film produces more than 3 terabytes, a volume which is time-consuming to edit and distribute. The aim of the EU project WorldScreen is to optimize the processes in digital movie making with the help of scalable data compression.
The entire digital cinema workflow
13 December, 2006
The film industry and cinema operators are pinning their hopes on a new technology: Digital Cinema. Movies will then be stored digitally instead of using sensitive 35 millimeter films. The challenge and the big advantage for the movie theaters is that Digital Cinema is to distinguish itself clearly from television by offering exceptionally high quality.
Television in top quality
12 December, 2006
Whether you are at home or on the move new technologies are bringing TV in good quality on the
First-ever German research executive chosen to head WAITRO
11 December, 2006
Dieter Fuchs, head of International Business Development at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich, has been elected President of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations WAITRO. It is the first time in the association
Central HIV cryobank
10 December, 2006
The HIV virus still poses unsolved problems. Despite decades of research, no vaccine yet exists. An international project supported by the Gates Foundation, Fraunhofer, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Saarland in Germany has set out to develop a global HIV cryobank.
Eye-controlled computer operation
09 December, 2006
A new system makes it possible to guide the computer mouse with your eyes. The technology is designed to facilitate the task of maintenance technicians and make it easier for paraplegics to work at the PC. A software program interprets the user
A new diagnostic instrument can find the answer within two hours
08 December, 2006
When a patient complains of painful, swollen and stiff joints, the diagnosis is obvious: arthritis. But the physician may nevertheless have no idea what is causing the joint inflammation. A new diagnostic instrument can find the answer within two hours.
Trenches create memory space
07 December, 2006
The requirements are tightening up. Computers are having to become more and more efficient. A new technology boosts memory capacity: etching the silicon wafer creates deep trenches that increase its capacity to store data.
A projector the size of a sugar cube
06 December, 2006
No larger than a sugar cube, the video projector is ready to hand at all times. Instead of the conventional microarrays, it contains just a single mirror which can be rotated around two axes. This makes it smaller, lighter and handier than traditional.
Combined forces on the track
05 December, 2006
Streetcars have much to endure when crossing switches and uneven rail sections. A novel measuring wheel determines the forces occurring in the process. The collected data helps in systematically repairing railtracks. This measuring wheel will be presented at InnoTrans in Berlin.
Paper chase by cell phone
04 December, 2006
Thanks to UMTS, you can now let your cell phone guide you through foreign cities or a merry paper chase. The basis for these new applications is a combination of different mobile technologies on a gaming platform.
New Center for Central and Eastern Europe
10 September, 2006
Europe needs to gather its forces in a united effort to face up to global competition. The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is bringing together science and industry in East and West with its newly founded Center for Central and Eastern Europe, MOEZ.
Filters made of metal
09 September, 2006
Microfilters soon clog up and require elaborate cleaning. A new filter made of a metal fabric simply shakes off the offending deposits. It has an evenly sized pore structure of a defined granularity and is more durable than existing products.
New flame retardant provides effective shield
08 September, 2006
It
Diamonds off the conveyor belt
07 September, 2006
Precious stones are hard to see when they are extracted from the mine: They are hidden among masses of bedrock. A new sorting plant retrieves the precious diamonds and even detects the particularly valuable pure white and green gems.
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