Aachen, Germany
Aachen, Germany

The FH Aachen - Aachen University of Applied science is one of the biggest Fachhochschulen in Germany with roughly 11,300 students, 220 professors, 300 contract lecturers, and 340 assistants. It is specialized in certain topical areas . It must not be confused with the RWTH Aachen, which is also located in Aachen. FH Aachen ranks as the first best among the universities of Applied science in Germany in the fields of Electrical and Mechanical engineering. Ten Faculties offer 48 Bachelor's, 22 Master's and three cooperative degree programmes. In 2011 the external and research funding added up to 12,2 million Euro. The FH Aachen is situated in Aachen and in Jülich. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SST-2007-3.1-01 | Award Amount: 13.04M | Year: 2012

CIVITAS-DYN@MO is an ambitious project with strategic importance to sustainable mobility planning in four dynamic European cities. Aachen (DE), Gdynia (PL), Koprivnica (HR) and Palma (ES) will jointly develop Mobility 2.0 systems and services, implement city and citizen-friendly, electric mobility solutions and vehicles, and engage in a dynamic citizen dialogue for mobility planning and service improvement. CIVITAS-DYN@MO is targeting dynamic citizens, and especially the digital natives in response to an emerging new mobility paradigm. A considerable part of the younger population in the DYN@MO university cities will be challenged to use web 2.0 apps to find appropriate means of travelling within the city and to communicate with PT operators. A sound basis for mobility planning is a citizen-centred Sustainable Urban Transport Plan. The two leading cities Aachen and Gdynia will advance their planning culture, while Koprivnica and Palma will develop ambitious sustainable urban transport plans all involving extensively citizens and stakeholders via web2.0 applications. Clean public transport remains the backbone of urban transport systems, and the cities have strong commitment to enhance the environmental performance and energy efficiency of their fleets. Alternative fuels, such as CNG and hybrid buses, and the increased use of electromobility in public transport and car sharing schemes will help to accelerate the introduction of clean vehicles in the European market. Venturing in new technology and mobility options as well as promoting new life styles will increase the peoples acceptance for mobility without a private car. The cities propose complementing packages with a high degree of transferability across Europe. Profound evaluation and research with strong dissemination and mutual learning through SUTP Competence Centres will strengthen the strategic impact of the project.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-26-2016 | Award Amount: 7.65M | Year: 2017

ROSIN will create a step change in the availability of high-quality intelligent robot software components for the European industry. This is achieved by building on the existing open-source Robot Operating System (ROS) framework and leveraging its worldwide community. ROS and its subsidiary ROS-Industrial (European side led by TU Delft and Fraunhofer) is well-known, but its European industrial potential is underestimated. The two main critiques are (1) is the quality on par with industry, and (2) is there enough European industrial interest to justify investing in it? Partially, the answer is yes and yes; ample industrial installations are already operational. Partially however, the two questions hold each other in deadlock, because further quality improvement requires industrial investment and vice versa. ROSIN will resolve the deadlock and put Europe in a leading position. For software quality, ROSIN introduces a breakthrough innovation in automated code quality testing led by IT University Copenhagen, complemented with a full palette of quality assurance measures including novel model-in-the-loop continuous integration testing with ABB robots. Simultaneously, more ROS-Industrial tools and components will be created by making 50% of the ROSIN budget available to collaborating European industrial users and developers for so-called Focused Technical Projects. ROSIN maximizes budget efficacy by alleviating yet another deadlock; experience shows that industry will fund ROS-Industrial developments, but only after successful delivery. ROSIN provides pre-financing for developers which will be recovered into a future revolving fund to perpetuate the mechanism. Together with broad education activities (open for any EU party) led by Fachhochshule Aachen and community-building activities led by Fraunhofer, ROSIN will let ROS-Industrial reach critical mass with further self-propelled growth resulting in a widely adopted, high-quality, open-source industrial standard.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: AAT.2011.7-11. | Award Amount: 531.86K | Year: 2011

SMEs and SOs are often the hotbed of innovation but harnessing the potential to drive the European Aerospace business forward in line with Framework strategy is no easy task. This project tackles the shortfall in SME/SO participation in innovative collaborations with industry primes and FP7/FP8 projects by tailoring proven methods of improvement into the SME-AERO-POWER project.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: H2020-TWINN-2015 | Award Amount: 999.44K | Year: 2016

The overall aim of the AMaTUC project is to boost the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in additive manufacturing of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCN) and its high-quality Twinning partners for the benefit of the automotive industry and personalised products markets. To achieve this aim, the 3 year project will build upon the existing strong research and innovation base of TUCN and its twinning partners Loughborough University (LbU), FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences (ACUAS) and Intelligentsia Consultants (Intelligentsia). The AMaTUC project aims to boost TUCN and twinning partners scientific excellence and innovation capacity in additive manufacturing, as well as implementing a research and innovation strategy focused on three sub-topics: 1. Improve existing AM technologies, 2. Integrate the AM technologies with suitable Rapid Tooling methods, and 3. Design for competitive manufacturing of personalised products and computer planning (CAE-FEM) analysis and simulation The research and innovation strategy takes into account the recent SWOT analysis of TUCN as well as the national Romanian research priorities and Smart Specialisation Strategy. The specific objectives of the AMaTUC project are presented below: Objective 1: Strengthen TUCNs research excellence in AM Objective 2: Enhance the research and innovation capacity of TUCN and Twinning partners Objective 3: Raise the research profile of TUCN and the Twinning Partners Objective 4: Contribute to the research and innovation priorities of Romania Objective 5: Support research and innovation on a European level

Digel I.,FH Aachen
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology | Year: 2011

Temperature sensing is essential for the survival of living organisms. Since thermal gradients are almost everywhere, thermoreception could represent one of the oldest sensory transduction processes that evolved in organisms. There are many examples of temperature changes affecting the physiology of living cells. Almost all classes of biological macromolecules in a cell (nucleic acids, lipids, proteins) can serve as a target of the temperature-related stimuli. This review is devoted to some common features of different classes of temperature-sensing molecules as well as molecular and biological processes involved in thermosensation. Biochemical, structural and thermodynamic approaches are discussed in order to overview the existing knowledge on molecular mechanisms of thermosensation. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Alexopoulos S.,FH Aachen | Hoffschmidt B.,FH Aachen
Renewable Energy | Year: 2010

Since the 80s power production with solar thermal power plants has been a way to substitute fossil fuels. By concentrating direct solar radiation from heliostats very high temperatures of a thermal fluid can be reached. The resulting heat is converted to mechanical energy in a steam cycle which generates electricity. High efficiencies and fast start-up are reached by using air as a heat medium, as well as using porous ceramic materials as solar receiver of the concentrated sunlight. In Germany the construction of a 1.5 MWe solar tower power plant began in 2008. It is operational since December 2008 and started production of electricity in the spring of 2009. In Greece and Cyprus, countries with high solar potential, the development of this competitive solar thermal technology is imperative, since it has already been implemented in other Mediterranean countries. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Staat M.,FH Aachen
International Journal of Computational Methods | Year: 2014

Structural reliability analysis is based on the concept of a limit state function separating failure from safe states of a structure. Upper and lower bound theorems of limit and shakedown analysis are used for a direct definition of the limit state function for failure by plastic collapse or by inadaptation. Shakedown describes an asymptotic and therefore time invariant structural behavior under time variant loading. The limit state function and its gradient are obtained from a mathematical optimization problem. The method is implemented into a general purpose finite element model (FEM) code. Combined with first-order methods/second-order methods (FORM/SORM) robust and precise analyses can be performed for structures with high reliability. This approach is particularly effective because the sensitivities which are needed by FORM/SORM are derived from the solution of the deterministic problem. © 2014 World Scientific Publishing Company.

Bung D.B.,FH Aachen
Journal of Hydraulic Research | Year: 2013

Stepped spillways are known to enhance the energy dissipation potential when compared with common smooth invert chutes. In the skimming flow regime, the self-aerated flow becomes more chaotic and surface waves (referred to as air-water surface roughness) are enhanced when the discharge decreases. In this study, experiments on smooth invert and stepped chutes models with a slope of 1: 2 were conducted to characterize this surface roughness by the use of a high-speed camera and ultrasonic sensor. It was found that the amount of entrapped air - at the water level where the air concentration is 90% - is reduced when a stepped spillway is considered. With decrease in step height (and on smooth invert chutes), entrapped air became more relevant. Wave heights increased with increase in step height and exceeded significantly the characteristic water level with 90% air concentration which was detected by a conductivity probe. A wide range of wave frequencies indicated the turbulent structure of stepped spillway flows. © 2013 Copyright International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research.

FH Aachen | Date: 2014-10-14

The invention relates to an apparatus for reflecting incident light, in particular sunlight, comprising a plurality of reflector units arranged next to one another, in particular next to one another in two directions, each reflector unit comprising at least one reflector surface (4), wherein the reflector surfaces (4) of all of the reflector units are pivotable, wherein each reflector unit (2, 3, 4, 5) comprises a rod (3) and comprises a reflector surface (4) fastened at the upper free end of the rod (3) and a lower spherical hinge (5) at the lower end of the rod (3), with which hinge the rod (3) is connected in articulated fashion to a movable coupling element (6), which is common to all of the reflector units (2, 3, 4, 5), and comprises a spherical hinge (2) in an intermediate region between the upper end and the lower end of the rod (3), said hinge connecting, in articulated fashion, the rod to a stationary base element (1) which is common to all of the reflector units (2, 3, 4, 5) and bearing each reflector unit (2, 3, 4, 5) movably about a dedicated stationary hinge center point thereof and wherein, owing to the movement of the coupling element (6) arranged beneath the base element (1), the reflector surfaces (4) of all of the reflector units (2, 3, 4, 5) are movable simultaneously in the same direction and to the same extent.

Poghossian A.,FH Aachen | Schoning M.J.,FH Aachen
Electroanalysis | Year: 2014

Among the variety of transducer concepts proposed for label-free detection of biomolecules, the semiconductor field-effect device (FED) is one of the most attractive platforms. As medical techniques continue to progress towards diagnostic and therapies based on biomarkers, the ability of FEDs for a label-free, fast and real-time detection of multiple pathogenic and physiologically relevant molecules with high specificity and sensitivity offers very promising prospects for their application in point-of-care and personalized medicine for an early diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The presented paper reviews recent advances and current trends in research and development of different FEDs for label-free, direct electrical detection of charged biomolecules by their intrinsic molecular charge. The authors are mainly focusing on the detection of the DNA hybridization event, antibody-antigen affinity reaction as well as clinically relevant biomolecules such as cardiac and cancer biomarkers. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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