Organization from Switzerland posted this Technology CallSeeking Calcination Technologies for Inorganic Materials Under Corrosive AtmosphereHigh temperature treatment of inorganic materials is an important unit operation in the production of inorganic high performance materials used in ceramics, energy storage and as catalysts. The required volume goes up to several thousand tonnes per year. During the process, crystalline phases are formed, sintering occurs and combustible or volatile ingredients are removed. Current technologies often employ ovens for batch-wise operations and rotary kilns for the continuous mode. While these technologies are scalable and reliable, we are seeking partners with technologies for the high temperature treatment of an inorganic material under an atmosphere of air, steam and corrosive gases (hydrogen chloride). The new technology is preferably less energy demanding, less capital intensive and easy-to-apply.
ERTRAC Global Competitiveness Working Group posted this Technology CallSeeking research & innovation centres of excellence in material data spaceMaterial data space addresses a digital infrastructure providing all relevant information on materials and structural parts over the full life-cycle (from cradle to grave: e.g. mining, processing, manufacturing, usage, ageing, repair, recycling,….). As such it can be understood as enabler for knowledge-based material development, for a circular economy approach as well as for advanced monitoring concepts for parts and products. Fundamental research is needed on: • Cost-efficient integration of sensing and communication functions into materials • Processing of such smart materials towards components and products • System integration (powering, data management, data processing & analysis,…) • Ensuring the reliability incl. Repair concepts Based on the data generated by sensorised materials and products made out of it • degradation and ageing mechanism of materials and structures should be derived by applying machine learning concepts, • novel structural health monitoring should be realised and implemented, • advanced recycling and re-use concepts should be investigated.
ERTRAC Global Competitiveness Working Group posted this Technology CallSeeking research & innovation centres of excellence in virtual product developmentVirtual product development as key enabling technology for maintaining global competitiveness of EU industry: • Fast and efficient product development in a digitalized and connected industry • Creation of digital twins for development, production, maintenance and recycling • Minimization of consumption of energy and resources during entire product life cycles Research needed focusing on long term sustainability and affordability: • Efficient tools and methods for handling and development of large, complex systems of systems Material characterization and modelling of next generation composite materials (additive manufacturing) • Creation of new classes of models for digital twins considering the statistical nature of components and systems due to stochastic processes • Creation of tools and methods for development, validation, diagnosis and maintenance of flexible/adaptive/self-learning controllers and systems • Coupling of virtual and real development tools and methods along the development and supply chain (secure and fast data exchange, data plausibility, in the loop data analysis) • Total product life cycle GHG and LCA assessment as part of digital twins • User & environment-product compatibility (EMC, radiation, NVH, LEAR, toxicity...)
ERTRAC Global Competitiveness Working Group posted this Technology CallSeeking research & innovation centres of excellence in advanced manufacturing technologiesKey for the European automotive industry will be to keep the production within Europe. Enabler for this are novel manufacturing technologies allowing for flexible manufacturing of customised products down to small or medium-size volume. It will be important that such technologies become also feasible for low-cost segments. We are looking for academic centers of excellence capable for future fundamental research on: • Qualifying additive manufacturing for safety-critical automotive parts • Inline control concepts improving quality parts (zero deficient parts) • Flexible manufacturing and assembly lines by utilizing advanced human-machine interactions (robot assisted manufacturing, integration of mobile robots in assembly lines) • Advanced manufacturing technologies for multi-material parts and smart materials
Haier posted this Technology CallSeeking technologies or solutions for rapid air dryingHaier seeks technologies or approaches that can rapidly dry air and reduce air humidity level. Background Chest freezers can experience frost formation on the internal surfaces. The frost thickness can reach 5-10 mm within 1 week and can affect the heat transfer efficiency and energy consumption. Over time the frost thickness can also reduce the available storage space and cause inconvenience to consumers who must periodically remove the frost. Tests show that the frost layers mainly concentrate on the lower part of the cabinet and its liner with a frost formation rate of 10g per day (the compressor keeps on for 10 minutes and then keeps off for 14 minutes). We are now seeking for technologies or solutions that can rapidly reduce air humidity level when air flow passes.
Haier posted this Technology CallSeeking self-cleaning electric water heatersHaier seeks technologies to allow easy self-cleaning of electric water heaters. Background Residential electric water heaters commonly develop scale inside the holding tank over time. The presence of scale reduces the efficiency and service life of the electric water heaters, and it may also have an adverse impact on health. Standard maintenance for these water heaters consists of a professional cleaning every 3 years and user cleaning every 6 months. The process for cleaning the water heater tank is straightforward, but time-consuming and messy. Haier, a major manufacturer of hot water systems, seeks technology that will allow easy cleaning (removal of scale) of electric water heater tanks. Ideal solutions will sense when scale removal is necessary and automatically self-clean. But solutions that can provide efficient and easy cleaning on demand are also of great interest. Additionally, the structural design of successful technologies is important – scale and other sediment should be easily flushed from the tank to prevent clogging. Additional information: • Electric water heaters have different volumes, including 40L, 50L, 60L and 80L, etc. • The inner tank of the electric water heater is pressurized. The rated water pressure is 0.80Mpa and the municipal tap water pressure is 0.05Mpa; the rated supply voltage is 200V and the rated frequency is 50HZ.