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Vivid transfer in the Cluster of Excellence

Scientists of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE presented their latest research results during the meeting of the Industrial Advisory Board

  • Over 100 scientists and partners from the industry took part at the second IAB meeting. Photo: Kerstin Grünert
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas von Unwerth hold a speech about "Novel pollution-free drive systems". Photo: Sabrina-Dennise Möckel
  • Prof. Dr. Lothar Kroll stated in his speech the Cluster´s strategy: saving energy not only during use, but also with the start of production. Photo: Sabrina-Dennise Möckel
  • Exchange between the researchers was also vivid at this day. Angelika Kolonko and Alexander Hackert, both working within the MERGE Cluster, discussing the latest results of a multi-material-approach for seating structures. Photo: Kerstin Grünert

On 10 February 2015, scientists of the Federal Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” (MERGE) presented their latest research results as part of the second meeting of the Industrial Advisory Board.

Prof. Dr. Arnold van Zyl, Rector of the TU Chemnitz and Prof. Dr. Dirk Landgrebe, Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU welcomed the scientists of the Cluster and the numerous industry representatives with praising and motivating words, opening the event “MERGE Highlights” in the Virtual Reality Center of the Fraunhofer IWU. The keynote speeches highlighted the significance of innovative lightweight production technologies. The speakers were Prof. Dr. Axel Herrmann, CTC GmbH Stade, Airbus, on the topic of “Key technologies for high performance aircraft structures” and Prof. Dr. Thomas von Unwerth from the TU Chemnitz, on the subject "Novel pollution-free drive systems".

In addition to the lecture program of the second IAB meeting of the Cluster, the focus was especially laid on the exhibition “MERGE Highlights”. The goal of the IAB meeting was to examine the latest research results, to assess demonstrators and to develop a comprehensive overview of the actual needs of the economy. On five stations more than 50 scientists presented their work and preliminary research results focusing on: functional integration, in-line process and semi-finished technologies, structural integration, process technology and simulation. One stand was used solely for the Chemnitz-Car Concept, the MERGE system demonstrator with almost all sub-projects being involved in its development. Therefore, the student group Fortis Saxonia stood in focus with its developed lightweight vehicle Umicore EcoBee and the lightweight rim developed at MERGE.

The industry representatives praised the vivid presentation at the individual stations and the opportunity to get in touch with the staff and to discuss their research activities – an important step for the research transfer of the Cluster. University Rector Prof. van Zyl, especially emphasized that MERGE is for many reasons a good example of vivid transfer: “It combines excellent scientists in many different research areas with innovative companies and secures our region, the Free State of Saxony and, moreover, the innovative drive that we need in international competition”.

Contact: Elisa Sommer, Marketing/PR Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE, elisa.sommer@mb.tu-chemnitz.de, https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/MERGE/

(Authors: Elisa Sommer und Sabrina-Dennise Möckel)

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