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he upgrading of the research and innovation capacities and capabilities of AIMEN in the planned Strategic Research Fields (SRFs) will be supported by the collaboration of the following European Research Centers of Excellence
AIMEN is a Non Profit association constituted by 110 companies, which supplies technological support to more than 400 companies dedicated to industrial or commercial activity related to metallurgy, automotive sector, civil construction, mechanics, shipbuilding, chemicals, foundry, machinery, ceramics, food, cement, wood and its derivates, plastics, engineering, assembly, and others.
AIMEN promotes and undertakes research, as well as improves design, simulation and joining technologies. The research lines of its Laser Processing Centre are focused on laser macroprocessing of materials (welding, cutting, surface treatment, coating, repairing...) and, more recently, on laser microprocessing.
The upgrading of the research and innovation capacities and capabilities of AIMEN in the planned Strategic Research Fields (SRFs) will be supported by the collaboration of the following European Research Centers of Excellence:
LZH is one of the European leading institutes regarding laser development and laser material processing. Also, LZH have large experience in technology transfer, tuition and training activities, directly or thru joint activities with their partners. The department of Production and Systems (LZH/PS), in collaboration with the department of Technologies for Non-Metals, has gained great experience in the fields of generation of multifunctional surfaces, manufacturing of photovoltaic and microelectronic devices and sensors, and development of microwelding systems.
ISC Konstanz is a research institute, specialized in R&D of crystalline silicon solar cells and modules. In addition to research and development, ISC Konstanz promotes the use of photovoltaic technology. The institute provides advanced training for experts in photovoltaic, offer internships and study visits to their labs for schools. In the development aid projects solar cells left over from R&D projects are donated to bring solar power to the poorest countries in the world. ISC Konstanz is currently involved in three national public funded projects and two European FP7 projects.
DII’s basic and applied research aims at fostering materials industrial development and processing towards technological advancement and innovation. Most of the research projects are rooted in the steady cooperation with international research centres, universities and industrial partners. Advanced research is performed by merging theoretical and experimental approach to investigate the correlations between materials structure and properties to best serve industrial developments and the uptake of new technologies. Production techniques, microstructural properties, mechanical characteristics, corrosion resistance and interaction with the environment represent the most important research fields.
INEGI is an interface Institution between University and Industry, oriented to the activities of Research and Development, Innovation and Technology Transfer. INEGI’s Composite Materials and Structures Research Group has implemented a basic-science-to-application, involving significant laboratory means and manufacturing equipment for novel thermoplastic matrix composites that enable an unusual hands-on manufacturing validation, testing and demonstration capability.
Chair of Applied Laser Technology is oriented to the development and application of technology for laser materials processing. To that end, the fundamentals of laser-material interaction are studied and, subsequently, processes are improved by the development and exploitation of sensoring and monitoring and/or real time feedback control. Research is currently mainly focused on micro- and nano-processing using ultra short pulsed laser sources with pulse durations in the femto- and pico-second regime, and real-time control strategies for laser cladding and welding.
LIPhy is a join unit CNRS- University of Grenoble, with a solid tradition of multidisciplinarity. While its research fields strongly evolved, it has kept from the beginning a strong tradition of optical methods and instrumentation: Optical “Spectrometry” of course, but also for some time nonconventional imaging techniques. At the same time theoretical and experimental studies of “complex systems” such as nonNewtonian fluids, the biological or biomimetic objects have been strongly developed.
“Multidisciplinarity” in physics has changed little by little to “interdisciplinarity", with research topics such as the physicochemistry of the atmosphere, the physiology of living organisms, and others.
The main activities at the IFSW are currently concerned with selected topics in the fields of laser beam sources (especially the thin-disk laser), optical elements and components for beam delivery and beam shaping as well as fundamental investigations on the light-matter interaction with the subsequent process development of macro and micro applications for industrial manufacturing.
Within the core research area on laser-based Process Development the knowledge on fundamentals gained in the continuous research on the interaction between laser beams an matter is exploited for the development of novel laser-based manufacturing techniques and to overcome current limitations in common processes like ablation, drilling, joining and cutting. The opportunities offered by beam shaping are thereby equally in the focus of the investigations as the development of reliable methods for process diagnostics and process control.
Starting from simple laser microprocessing experiments in 2004, activities of the Department of Laser Technologies of CPST now cover nanophotonics, laser science and applications including modeling of nanophotonic structures, development of optical components for lasers, new design of fiber and solid-state based lasers and their application in the precise material processing. Research of new interactions between the laser radiation with materials is carried out in order to develop and implement the laser microfabrication technologies for modification of diverse materials, including metals, semiconductors, transparent medias as well as thin-films for solar cells. Activities in nanophotonics cover modeling, design and characterization of nanophotonic structures, waveguide and metamaterials for light control at nanoscale.