In between 20th -23rd of April 2015 an international workshop was held at the Institute for Vehicle Concepts in Stuttgart. The workshop was part of the CSIR and DLR collaboration activities that started in March 2014 with the visit of the DLR delegation to South Africa. Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to make the future collaboration official.
The CSIR is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organizations in Africa. Hereby CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people. The CSIR’s shareholder is the South African Parliament, held in proxy by the Minister of Science and Technology
From CSIR side two research areas are involved in this collaboration area (Material science and Manufacturing, Built environment). From DLR side the Institute of Vehicle Concepts (DLR-FK) is involved with two departments (Vehicle Systems & Technology Assessment, Lightweight and Hybrid Design).
During the workshops, experts worked for four days on different topics. The main goals of the workshop were to line out the benefits of cooperation on both sides, to outline the complementary expertise’s and the creation of synergies. In addition, project ideas were developed as well as funding possibilities evaluated:*
In the field of light metals it was concluded that it would be “great benefit for CSIR to know whether there are new Ti-applications in vehicles in general (passenger, transport etc.)” whereas great benefit for DLR to have a demonstrator (of a lightweight component) produced with innovative production technology, that can be tested and evaluated”
In the field of transport and mobility, two research topics “Development of a model to forecast vehicle market dynamics for passenger cars for South Africa” and “Evaluation of optimal technology mix for public transport in the cities of Southern Africa” are identified with high priority.
Thanks to all the participants for their contributions and efforts for a successful workshop. To our friends and partners in South Africa: It was great to have you here!