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Innovative materials are important for many applications. For example, they reduce the weight of aircraft and motor vehicles, which not only saves fuel but also makes them safer in a crash. But how do researchers know how to develop materials with the desired attributes? What structural characteristics do particular classes of materials have? And what properties do composite materials have compared with the separate components they are made of?
Expedition into the heart of an airplane
in cooperation with the Institute of Materials Science at TU Dresden
What kinds of loads are the turbine blades of an aircraft engine exposed to? What properties are needed in the materials they are made of? Investigate the characteristics of metals and alloys and find out whether they are suitable for the construction of aircraft turbines.
Ultra-lightweight and nevertheless sturdy - how fibre-reinforced composites help to build cars that weigh less
in cooperation with the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology at TU Dresden
How can lightweight and nevertheless sturdy materials be produced, and which substances are needed? Accept a realistic research assignment and discover the most suitable material for constructing an automobile seat.
Good connections – Searching for a Superglue!
in cooperation with the Institute of Manufacturing Technology at TU Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute of Material and Beam Technology
How can different materials be bonded so that the resulting composite is flexible, and can it withstand the expected loads? The solution could be to use glue. Based on an authentic industrial research assignment your task is to find a glue suitable for joining automobile body components made of aluminium alloys.
Traffic guidance systems – Preventing traffic collapse
in cooperation with the Institute of Traffic Telematics at TU Dresden
Imagine that you’re looking down at a city with a bird’s eye view: cars move along the streets, there are lots of pedestrians, and in between you can see cyclists. There are also trams and trains underway on tracks. All these road users want to get to their destinations as rapidly and safely as possible. How should these various traffic flows be controlled so that this indeed happens? Develop your own concept for improving the traffic situation at a Dresden intersection.
Here things really heat up – highly efficient power plant processes
in cooperation with the Institute of Energy Technology at TU Dresden
Nowadays, the energy in fossil and renewable sources is converted into electricity in modern steam power plants. By experimenting with our power plant model you will be working almost like a power technician! Find out how the well-established principle of steam power assures tomorrow’s energy supply with the help of technological innovations.
Store energy, but how? A fast-paced ride with supercaps
in cooperation with the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry I at TU Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute of Material and Beam Technology
Electric automobiles are allegedly environmentally responsible since they don’t produce harmful exhaust. But, regrettably, they can only manage relatively short stretches without a “refill”. That will only change when more efficient energy storage systems are available. Supercapacitors (supercaps) are the front runners here. Produce your own supercaps and test how well they work compared with conventional capacitors in a motor race.
Organic photovoltaics – Experience the adaptable solar energy of the future already today
in cooperation with the Institute of Applied Photophysics at TU Dresden
Conventional solar cells are expensive to produce and not very versatile. What about letting simple, transparent foil on windows supply the energy for the offices behind them? Won’t work? But it does! With organic photovoltaics. Find out from us more about the potential of next-generation solar cells!
White biotechnology – Hydrogen from a biotank
in cooperation with the Institute of Institute of Food Technology and Bioprocess Engineering at TU Dresden
Hydrogen is an ideal fuel for motor vehicles and aircraft. It burns without harmful residue and provides more energy than natural gas or petrol. However, producing hydrogen from fossil sources requires lots of energy and is expensive. But there’s another solution: use microorganisms and solar energy. Find out how that works, and get our model hydrogen-fuelled automobile up and running.
Obtaining energy in space – Harvest electricity with thermoelectric generators
in cooperation with the Institute of Aerospace Engineering at TU Dresden
Houston, we have a satellite. It’s the first Saxon satellite in Earth orbit - SOMP1. Get on its track and find out what challenges confront scientists engaged in research with satellites. Then try your luck building a mini-satellite equipped with a power generator and radio unit.
Fundamentals of Materials technology
Expedition into the heart of an airplane
Ultra-lightweight and nevertheless sturdy
Traffic guidance systems
Here things really heat up
Store energy, but how?
Obtaining energy in space
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