In our Mechatronic Systems and Components department, we research and develop innovative intralogistics elements at both system and component level. We focus on design and dimensioning, considering current challenges such as sustainability, energy efficiency and the resource-saving use of materials. One key research area involves the material flow-side investigation of urban farming systems for the sustainable cultivation of plants in urban areas as an independent and modularly expandable intralogistics module. As part of the development and application of structural optimization methods, we identify optimized component designs while complying with defined boundary conditions to minimize the required material input for innovative materials handling components. We are also investigating energy storage systems for use in automated guided vehicle systems (AGVS). These consist of a combination of common energy storage systems, such as lithium-ion batteries or supercapacitors, and are dimensioned to minimize the energy storage capacity required for operation in a resource-efficient manner. In context of AGVS, we are also investigating how automatic guided vehicles can perform tasks as cooperative systems. Communication and interface design are key design elements that we are investigating. In the context of future nuclear fusion power plants, we are developing remotely manageable constructions such as mechanically detachable pipe connections (MPC) and non-destructive measuring methods (nondestructive examination) for inspecting welded pipe connections in the DONES / DEMO projects.

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