News from the Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg

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FAPC – Future Automotive Production Conference

The Future Automotive Production Conference (FAPC) will be held at the Mobile Life Campus in Wolfsburg from May 17 to 18, 2022. The event, focusing on the topics of "Sustainability and Circular Economy Design", offers experts from research and industry the opportunity to discuss innovations for the sustainable design of automotive components.

The current speaker from the Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg and Institute Director of the Fraunhofer IST, Prof. Christoph Herrmann, has one of the conference chairs here as part of his professorship at the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) at the TU Braunschweig.

Abstracts for presentations can still be submitted until 14.11.2021. The information can be found at: FAPC 2022.

Fiber composite plastic components for e-cars – resuable for 30 years

Researcher at the Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg presented a new type of vehicle frame at Milan Design Week that can be reused for 30 years.

In this interview, he looks back on the trade show and explains why components for e-cars should last so long. Read the interview here (in German).

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Reusable for 30 years: Vehicle platform made of fiber composite plastics for e-cars at Milan Design Week.
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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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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)

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

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