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Life cycle-oriented potentials of flexibilization of vehicle interiors.

Circular economy in modularizable vehicle construction

In the new "futureFlexPro" project, the Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg - together with the Fraunhofer IAO - is developing modularizable solutions for sustainable, functionally integrated components of future vehicle generations, taking a holistic circular economy into account. Furthermore, a consistent economic, ecological and technological evaluation is carried out in the context of market and sales scenarios. In addition to the entire vehicle interior, the focus is also on the design of battery module construction for electrically powered vehicles.

All research results are also to be transferred to other sectors, such as rail vehicles or ships, as well as to hydrogen propulsion.

Automotive concepts of the future

Together with the Fraunhofer Institutes IAO and ICT, the Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg has developed a visionary vehicle concept: "Vision PI". Here, a durable vehicle structure can dock flexible onto various mobility modules: from passenger car platforms, urban air mobility, Hyperloop solutions to interactive VR lounges. Depending on the intended application and the needs of the passengers, the interior is designed flexibly and individually. In addition to smart surfaces in the interior, the concept also envisions the use of renewable raw materials as well as materials with optimal recyclability.

Further information:

Press Release of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Blog Post of the Fraunhofer IAO (in German)

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Interactive interior.

Knowledge transfer – from research to industry

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Structure of the training course »Composite Engineer« with the various modules.

Training courses

The Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg participates in the training of the course "Composite Engineer" in the module "Multi Material Design"and transfers the knowledge from research in practical examples to all interested parties.

Dates and registration:

CE-MM-1-20: 1st to 5th March, 2021 (the module will take place online due to SARS-CoV-2)

CE-MM-1-22: 22nd to 24th April, 2022

Technical presentations

Werkstoffsymposium 2021, Salzgitter, Germany

Nachhaltige Produktion und Life Cycle Engineering (Keynote)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Herrmann (Fraunhofer IST)

Funktionelle Oberflächen und Sensoren für ein smartes Interieur

Dr.-Ing. T. Seemann, Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Herrmann, A. Schott, Dr.-Ing. J. Brand (Fraunhofer IST), S. Stegmüller (Fraunhofer IAO)

Prozessoptimierte Herstellung von Hybridbauteilen durch eine One-Tool-Technologie

M. Grünert (Fraunhofer IWU)

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Network of industry and research

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The "Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V. (OHLF)" in Wolfsburg.

Four Fraunhofer institutes combine their expertise as part of the Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg on a shared campus:

The common goal is to develop materials, manufacturing and production technologies suitable for large-scale production for the economically and ecologically sustainable manufacture of hybrid lightweight components made of metals, plastics and textile structures.

For the research and development of hybrid components of the future, the Open Hybrid LabFactory e. V. (OHLF), the TU Braunschweig and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft are providing a joint platform for industrial partners and the public institutions involved: This so-called lightweight design campus "OHLF" is considered one of the leading addresses in this field in Germany. Within the framework of a new type of cooperation model - with science and industry at eye level - a unique infrastructure has been created where ideas become innovations.

With the spirit of current’s FutureLabs new technologies and processes are developed and their marketability and economic sustainability practically validated and applied for a serial production in a close collaboration between researchers, experts and developers from Fraunhofer and private partners. A perfect environment for this purpose was created in the Open Hybrid LabFactory e. V. (OHLF), where a consortium of scientific partners, world market leading companies and highly innovative small and medium-sized enterprises was formed.

This public-private partnership was initiated in 2012 under the leadership of the Automotive Research Center Niedersachsen (NFF) at the TU Braunschweig and is funded as part of the "Research Campus" initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

In addition, we also work closely with the Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS in Braunschweig. Together, we are developing intelligent solutions for vehicle integration of the next-generation battery. This includes their production as well as the development of corresponding components derived from the use of alternative drives.