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  • Additively manufactured rocket engine features an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers

    Press release (No. 2) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 12.2.2020

    A design demonstrator for an additively manufactured aerospike nozzle
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    Microlaunchers are an alternative to conventional launch vehicles. Able to carry payloads of up to 350 kilograms, these midsized transport systems are designed to launch small satellites into space. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden and TU Dresden’s aerospace experts developed an additively manufactured rocket engine with an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers. The scaled metal prototype is expected to consume 30 percent less fuel than conventional engines. It will feature prominently at the Hannover Messe Preview on February 12 and in the showcase at booth C18 in hall 16 at the Hannover Messe from April 20 through 24, 2020.

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  • Fraunhofer IWS is developing innovative solutions for current challenges of lithium metal anodes / 2019

    Key component for batteries of the future

    Press release – Fraunhofer IWS / 3.4.2019

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    Fraunhofer IWS scientists headed by Dr. Holger Althues have developed an innovative process for the cost-efficient production of thin lithium anodes made of molten lithium. In the BMBF-funded “MaLiBa” project, the Dresden Institute is working with the companies hpulcas and SGS as well as with scientists led by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen to solve further crucial issues relating to this concept. The most important innovation consists in realizing an anode compound. This contains a few micrometers thick nickel foil with lithium film stabilized by means of protective layers.

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  • Dresden Fraunhofer institute bundles technologies for additive production under one roof / 2019

    Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing inaugurated at Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden

    Press release – Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden / 8.3.2019

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    At the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden, the "Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing" (ICAM) was inaugurated on March 7, 2019. Here, the Dresden research institute combines various technologies for additive manufacturing in a newly constructed technology hall in order to be able to demonstrate to partners and users a wide range of possibilities for the generative manufacturing of three-dimensional components under one roof in the future.

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  • Materials expert from Dresden appointed “Adjunct Professor” in Melbourne / 2019

    International award for Christoph Leyens

    Press release – Fraunhofer IWS / 7.3.2019

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    Dresden materials expert Christoph Leyens has been appointed Adjunct Professor by the renowned RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Leyens is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS and director of the Institute for Materials Science at Dresden University of Technology.

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  • Joint research project "Prometheus" further develops surface technology for lower CO2 emissions / 2019

    Economical engines due to less friction

    Press release – Fraunhofer IWS / 4.3.2019

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    Together with the automotive industry, researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS have been working to develop processes for friction-reducing surfaces of engine components over the past few years. Now, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced even further by enhancing surface technology. The Dresden Institute is researching in this direction with various partners in the joint project "Prometheus".

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