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  • Fraunhofer is part of EIT’s new consortium

    Fraunhofer and Helmholtz jointly managed the start of Knowledge and Innovation Community on raw materials.

  • Live images from inside materials

    X-rays are a tried and tested way to investigate components and materials. Researchers are now developing an X-ray detector capable of delivering particularly high-quality 3D images in real time. This will make it possible to precisely reconstruct even the processes going on inside materials and e.g. provide a reliable way of detecting minoscule faults.

  • Mobile radio passive radar makes harbors safer

    Many coastal areas and harbors go almost unprotected against acts of terror. Soon a new sensor system relying on signal echoes from cell towers can quickly detect even the smallest of attack boats. This mobile radio passive radar can also help airplanes avoid colliding with wind turbines.

  • The flying inventory assistant

    Standing on top of a ladder several meters high, pad and pen in hand, just to count boxes? Inventories in large warehouses could soon appear quite different and proceed to take flight, in the truest sense of those words: The goal of the InventAIRy Project is to automatically localize and record existing inventories with the aid of flying robots.

  • Smart anti-icing system for rotor blades

    In very cold climate zones, the wind can blow with tremendous force. But wind turbines have rarely been built in these regions up to now. The risk of ice formation on the rotor blades is just too high. But now, an energy-efficient heating system frees these turbines from the ice in a matter of seconds. It is only switched on when water freezes.

  • Proteins off the roll

    Protein-coated Petri dishes are increasingly being used to support cell growth during cell cultivation. Scientists have developed a system for printing protein patterns onto film using a roll-to-roll process, which allows high volumes to be manufactured efficiently and cost-effectively.

  • Perfect chocolate sheen on confection and sweets

    White flecks on sweets with a chocolate glaze are harmless – but esthetically unappealing. More than just improper storage can diminish the glossy sheen. Researchers have discovered other weak points in the production process. Armed with sophisticated analysis, companies can now protect their products effectively from the undesirable coating.

  • Fraunhofer and Stef Wertheimer promote applied research in Israel

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is strengthening its ties to Israel, a world leader in technology. To that end, Europe’s largest organization for applied research is cooperating with the Israeli industrialist Stef Wertheimer. The goal of the partnership is to bring Fraunhofer institutes together with companies, research institutions, and the public sector in Israel.

  • Compamed 2014

    Fewer surgeries with degradable implants

    Until now, in cases of bone fracture, doctors have used implants made of steel and titanium, which have to be removed after healing. To spare patients burdensome inter- ventions, researchers are working on a bone substitute that completely degrades in the body. Towards this end, material combinations of metal and ceramic are being used.

  • A coating that protects against heat and oxidation

    Researchers have developed a coating technique that they plan to use to protect tur- bine engine and waste incinerator components against heat and oxidation. A topcoat from micro-scaled hollow aluminium oxide spheres provides heat insulation, in the lab, already proved more economical than conventional techniques.

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