Fraunhofer IWS

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

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The business areas joining, cutting and surface technology are the main foci of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS. The research and development activities base on a distinctive know-how in the field of material engineering and nanotechnology and include the possibility of material characterization. The IWS`s special feature is its expertise in combining its know-how with its extensive experience in developing system technologies within the field of film- and laser technology.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

Winterbergstr. 28

01277 Dresden

Germany

Phone +49 351 83391-0

Fax +49 351 83391-3300

Latest News

10.10.2018

Micro energy harvesters for the Internet of Things

Thin organic layers provide machines and equipment with new functions. They enable, for example, tiny energy recuperators. In future, these will be installed on pipes or other surfaces in order to convert waste heat into electricity. The experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden use ink based on conductive polymers for this purpose.
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12.9.2018

Micro fishbones to stop car fuel thirst

Dresden Fraunhofer engineers are working on reducing the fuel consumption of cars by more than a tenth. They use ultra-short laser pulses to generate very fine and friction-reducing fishbone patterns in engines.
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8.8.2018

Lasers make the lotus effect on aircraft

Filigree engravings on external surfaces of aircraft are intended to ensure that airflow remains smooth and drag on the aircraft low. For this, engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, the Technische Universität Dresden and Airbus have developed a laser process that produces textured surfaces at high throughput making surface contamination more difficult.
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15.5.2018

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2018: Improved efficiency of aircraft engines

The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS has succeeded in increasing the stability of those aircraft engine parts which are subject to stress due to temperature. The IWS process helps to reduce kerosene consumption as well as CO2 emissions. In combination with further measures, significant cost savings result during flight operations. The research project was developed in close cooperation with the engine specialist Rolls-Royce. The first engines with the new technology are already in use.
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