Clausthal - Zellerfeld, Germany
Clausthal - Zellerfeld, Germany

The Clausthal University of Technology is an institute of technology in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Lower Saxony, Germany. The small public university is regularly ranked among the Top German universities in engineering by CHE University Rankings.More than 30% of students and 20% of academic staff come from abroad, making it one of the most international universities in Germany.The university is best known for the prominent corporate leaders among its former students. In 2011, five of the 30 leading companies within the German stock index had alumni of TUC on their management board. Two of them as CEO.The Department of Computational Intelligence is hosting the annual Multi-Agent Programming Contest. Wikipedia.


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Novaled GmbH and Clausthal University of Technology | Date: 2017-03-29

The present invention relates to an organic electroluminescent device comprising at least one semiconductive layer comprising a compound of formula (I)wherein R^(1), R^(3) and R^(7) are independently selected from a group consisting of H, D, C_(1)-C_(16) alkyl and C_(1)-C_(16) alkoxy;R^(2), R^(4), R^(5) and R^(6) are independently selected from a group consisting of H, D, C_(1)-C_(16) alkyl, C_(1)-C_(16) alkoxy and C_(6)-C_(20) aryl;Ar^(1) is selected from substituted or unsubstituted C_(6)-C_(20) aryl, wherein, in case that Ar^(1) is substituted, the substituents are independently selected from a group consisting of D, C_(1)-C_(12) alkyl, C_(1)-C_(16) alkoxy and C_(6)-C_(20) aryl;and Ar^(2) is selected from a group consisting of H, D, substituted or unsubstituted C_(6)-C_(40) aryl andspecific dibenzooxane and dibenzofuran derivaties.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-30-2015 | Award Amount: 8.00M | Year: 2016

The objective of the BIG IoT project is to ignite really vibrant Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. We will achieve this by bridging the current interoperability gap between the vertically integrated IoT platforms and by creating marketplaces for IoT services and applications. Despite various research and innovation projects working on the Internet of Things, no broadly accepted professional IoT ecosystems exist. The reason for that are high market entry barriers for developers and service providers due to a fragmentation of IoT platforms. The goal of this project is to overcome these hurdles by Bridging the Interoperability Gap of the IoT and by creating marketplaces for service and application providers as well as platform operators. We will address the interoperability gap by defining a generic, unified Web API for smart object platforms, called the BIG IoT API. The establishment of a marketplace where platform, application, and service providers can monetize their assets will introduce an incentive to grant access to formerly closed systems and lower market entry barriers for developers. The BIG IoT consortium is well suited to reach the outlined goals, as it comprises all roles of an IoT ecosystem: resource providers (e.g., SIEMENS, SEAT), service and application developers (e.g., VODAFONE, VMZ), marketplace providers (e.g., ATOS), platform providers (e.g., BOSCH, CSI, ECONAIS), as well as end users connected through the public private partnerships of WAG and CSI or the user-focused information services that VMZ provides for the city of Berlin. The major industry players cover multiple domains, including mobility, automotive, telecommunications, and IT services. Four university departments will help to transfer the state of the art into the state of the practice and solve the open research challenges. This consortium will mobilise the necessary critical mass at European level to achieve the goals and to reach the ireach the impacts set out in this project.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: SC5-16-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 1.54M | Year: 2016

The project Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM) will develop and set up an EU-based platform of international experts and stakeholders that will advance the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials (WFRM) and enhance the international cooperation on raw material policies and investments. The global use of mineral resources has drastically increased and supply chains have become ever more complex. A number of global initiatives and organizations have been contributing to knowledge and information transfer, including the EC, UNEP International Resource Panel, the World Resources Forum, the World Material Forum, the OECD and others. It is widely felt that improved international resource transparency and governance would be beneficial for all, since it would lead to stability, predictability, resource-efficiency and hence a better foundation for competitiveness on a sustainable basis. The FORAM project will contribute to consolidate the efforts towards a more joint and coherent approach towards raw materials policies and investments worldwide, by closely working with the relevant stakeholders in industry, European and international organisations, governments, academia and civil society. Synergies with relevant EU Member States initiatives will be explored and fostered. The project will in particular seek to engage the participation of G20 Member countries and other countries active in the mining and other raw materials sectors, so that experiences will be shared and understanding of all aspects of trade in raw materials will be increased. By implementing this project an EU-based platform of international key experts and stakeholders is created, related to the entire raw materials value chain. This platform will work together on making the current complex maze of existing raw material related initiatives more effective. As such, the FORAM project will be the largest collaborative effort for raw materials strategy cooperation on a global level so far.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2013.3.2 | Award Amount: 2.86M | Year: 2014

This project combines European know-how in single cells, coatings, sealing, and stack design to produce a novel 1 kW SOFC stack of unprecedented performance, together with the proof of concept of a 10 kWe SOFC stack. Improvements over the state of the art in cost, performance, efficiency, and reliability will be proven, covering all top-level objectives mentioned in the topic. The stacks will be developed according to system integrators requirements guided by an industrial steering group. The target application of the development is stationary and residential combined heat and power production based on natural gas, and will form the basis for Elcogen Oys commercial SOFC stack technology. All manufacturing methods, stack designs, and materials are chosen so that they are suitable for mass production and enable 1000 /kW profitable stack price, which is a significant improvement to current state of the art. These methods, designs, and materials have been demonstrated successfully in small-scale and require the scale-up to suit manufacturing of 10 kWe SOFC stacks. For example, high performance of Elcogen cells and short stacks were already demonstrated with 100x100 mm2 cell size, but in this project cells and stack will be further improved and scaled up to larger 120x120 mm2 size. The project is based on the products of industrial partners and motivated by their interest to consolidate an optimized supply-chain and subsequently commercialize a high-performance product at very sharp prices. To this effect, the activity will pay great attention to designing the stack for mass production processes. One industrial partner is involved for each key function: Elcogen AS (cells), Elcogen Oy (stack assembly and production), Sandvik (interconnects and coatings), and Flexitallic Ltd (sealing). Selected research institutions complete the partnership to focus the development process towards a reliable product.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.4.4 | Award Amount: 2.37M | Year: 2012

This project aims to design, optimise and build several 200W mSOFC stacks and to integrate them into hybrid power systems comprising the fuel cell, a battery and appliances found in a recreational vehicle (RV). Additional components of the system are a gas processor to clean up the autogas propane fuel plus other equipment for electrical, mechanical and control balance of plant (BOP). All these components will be constituents of an entire fuel cell power generator which will first be tested in the lab and, after further optimisation and miniaturisation, in an RV platform. The project is primarily aimed at the RV platform from Autosleepers, an SME based in the UK, but other applications such as boats, ambulances and environmental testing vehicles will also be studied. Propane was chosen as the the fuel because of its superior energy density compared to hydrogen and methanol, and also because it is the generally preferred fuel for auxiliary systems on RVs, such as cookers, fridges and water heaters. Autogas propane is widely available at filling stations throughout Europe. The SOFC was chosen because it can convert propane while also providing low noise, low emissions and heat for hot water supply. The overall objectives are: Develop the fuel cell power supply to fit the RV Test the Autogas propane fuel Study the needs of the market to reduce the risks of commercialisation Improve the SOFC in terms of materials, lifetime, performance and costs Innovate on noise reduction and emissions Provide several fuel cells for testing optimisation and proving To test long term durability and cycling for obtaining approvals To disseminate by getting real users to apply the new device and report results across Europe Impact will be substantial because the general public will be using these RVs. Also three special conferences will be organised to disseminate information, ten refereed publications will be submitted and patents will be published on the innovations.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SICA | Phase: NMP.2012.2.2-3 | Award Amount: 4.10M | Year: 2013

This project is focused to advance considerably the efficiency of power generation in gas turbine processes by the development of improved thermal barrier coated parts or components of significantly improved performance as well as software products providing optimized process parameters. The proposed project addresses the following scientific and technological issues: New TBC formulations with long-term stability, more resistant under extremely severe operating conditions (e.g. creep, fatigue, thermal-mechanical fatigue, oxidation and their interactions, at high service temperatures) thus the maximum application temperature will be higher (e.g.1450-1500oC) and so performance during energy generation. Flexible and cost effective production systems based mainly on thermal spray (SPS/SPPS, APS, HVOF) but also EB-PVD in order to realize patterned functional TBCs with improved properties. Application of structural analysis and fluid simulation software, including radiation, combustion, heat transfer, fluid-structure interactions and conjugate heat transfer models for the development of detailed models for the operational performance and prediction of spallation phenomena and failure. Environmentally friendly process using chemical formulations free of hazardous and toxic solvents. The aim of this project is the development of materials, methods and models suitable to fabricate, monitor, evaluate and predict the performance and overall energy efficiency of novel thermal barrier coatings for energy generative systems. By the radical improvement of the performance (working temperature, lifetime etc) of materials in service, by the application of novel thermal barrier coatings, structural design and computational fluid simulations a significant improvement in energy efficiency and cost effectiveness will be achieved.


Plischke E.,Clausthal University of Technology
Reliability Engineering and System Safety | Year: 2012

We consider correlation ratios as estimators for first order sensitivity indices from given data. The computation is simplified by the introduction of the cumulative sum of the normalised reordered output. Ideas for the estimation using interpolation are also discussed. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Endres F.,Clausthal University of Technology
MRS Bulletin | Year: 2013

Ionic liquids are well suited to the electrochemical synthesis of freestanding metallic nanowires as well as macroporous metals and semiconductors. Such materials are potentially interesting for future generation Li-ion batteries. As the energy density of current Li-ion batteries barely exceeds 0.15 kWh/kg (in contrast to the 12 kWh/kg of hydrocarbons), there is a need for new anode and cathode materials if electrically driven cars are to have more than a 150 km cruising range at an affordable price. Freestanding aluminum nanowires and macroporous aluminum are easily feasible from AlCl3-based ionic liquids and show promising charge/discharge behavior even with ionic liquids as electrolytes. The challenges and the potential to make nanowires or macroporous structures of semiconductors (Si, Ge) are also briefly discussed. © 2013 Materials Research Society.


Mhaede M.,Clausthal University of Technology
Materials and Design | Year: 2012

Ball-burnishing (BB) and shot peening (SP) as surface treatments lead to local plastic deformations in near-surface regions, which result in development of residual stresses and changes in the surface topography. In this study, the effects of various process parameters of shot peening (SP) and ball-burnishing (BB) on the surface layer properties, i.e. surface roughness, microhardness and residual compressive stresses, fatigue and corrosion fatigue properties of Al-alloy AA7075 T73 were investigated. The results show pronounced enhancement in the fatigue life tested in ambient air as well as corrosion fatigue life tested in 3.5% NaCl after both SP and BB compared to the electrolytically polished (EP) reference conditions. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Patent
Clausthal University of Technology | Date: 2012-09-17

The invention describes a method for detecting isolated operation of power generation instillations (5) which are set up to generate electrical power and can be coupled to an interconnected power supply system (1) for feed operation. The power generation installation (5) operates in isolation with respect M the interconnected power supply system when no power is exchanged between the power generation installation (5) and the interconnected power supply system (1). The method has the steps of; recording the temporal profile of the maims frequency present in the region in which the power generation installation (5) is connected to the interconnected power supply system (1) and evaluating the temporal profile of the mains frequency in order to detect isolated operation. Evaluating the temporal profile of the mains frequency comprises analysing the statistical features of the noise component of the temporal profile of the frequency of the mains voltage at the point at which the power generation installation (5) is connected to the interconnected power supply system (1), and isolated operation is detected using statistical behavioural features identified during analysis.

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