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22.03.2019 – 14:53

BAM Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung

BAM at the Hannover Messe: Innovative research for safety in additive manufacturing

BAM at the Hannover Messe: Innovative research for safety in additive manufacturing
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From 1 to 5 April, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) will be at the Hannover Messe 2019 to present research on safety in additive manufacturing. BAM's expertise ranges from the characterisation of source materials and component testing to the standardisation of processes. The goal is to transfer the research results to industrial application.

"As the centre of excellence for safety in technology and chemistry, BAM is working to further develop additive manufacturing processes along with partners from industry and research," explains BAM president Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne. "We are ensuring safety in additive manufacturing and making a substantial contribution to putting this technology into practice."

At the Hannover Messe 2019, BAM scientists will present current research work under the slogan "We Add Safety to Additive Manufacturing." This research focuses on the following questions:

- How can we develop reliable process monitoring in order to avoid complex 
  component testing?
- How can we predict how durable additively manufactured parts are if they were
  to be used in gas turbines, for example?
- How can we use innovative materials and further develop additive 
  manufacturing processes for the construction sector, for example, for the 
  production of complex spare parts for infrastructure systems? 

BAM's expertise within additive manufacturing ranges from the characterisation of source materials and component testing to the standardisation of processes. BAM has many years of experience, for instance, with welding processes and non-destructive testing. This knowledge will be used to further develop additive manufacturing processes and the safe use of additively manufactured components.

Additive manufacturing processes are versatile and enable customized manufacturing of complex components, which can be produced in small quantities as needed. Additive manufacturing provides potential for innovative application in various industries, from mechanical and plant engineering to aerospace, automotive and medical technology to construction.

BAM at the BMWi stand: Quality assurance for offshore wind turbines

BAM will also present the project Thermofas at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) stand. The project focuses on using thermography to assess the quality of fibre composites for the wind energy industry.

Rotor blades from offshore wind turbines are exposed to extreme stress and therefore need regular maintenance. Up to now, industrial climbers conduct a visual inspection of the rotor blades by knocking on them to determine any structural faults. Active thermography can be used to check for deep-set faults in a quicker fashion and does not require any contact. BAM aims to develop thermographic methods further so that they can be used effectively and reliably in practice.

Where to find BAM at the Hannover Messe 2019

Visitors can receive comprehensive information about BAM's research on additive manufacturing at stand C51 in the Research & Technology area in hall 2. BAM is also presenting its commitment to promoting spin-offs.

BAM will provide information on the quality assurance of offshore wind turbines in the same hall at the BMWi trade fair stand (hall 2, stand C28).

More information about BAM at the Hannover Messe 2019 can be found at www.bam.de/hannovermesse-en

The publication "Additive Manufacturing at BAM - Safety in Focus" provides an overview of the wide range of our research in this area: www.bam.de/am-broschuere

Contact: 
Venio Quinque, M.A., LL.M./LL.B. 
Head of Section Corporate Communications 
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) 
Unter den Eichen 87 
12205 Berlin 
GERMANY 
T: + 49 30 8104-1002 
F: + 49 30 8104-71002 
presse@bam.de 
www.bam.de 

About BAM

BAM promotes safety in technology and chemistry. 
As a departmental research institute of the German Federal Ministry for Economic
Affairs and Energy, BAM performs research, testing and offers advisory support
to protect people, the environment and material goods. Its activity in the
fields of materials science, materials engineering and chemistry is focussed on
the technical safety of products and processes.

BAM's research is directed towards substances, materials, building elements,
components and facilities as well as natural and technical systems important for
the national economy and relevant to society. It also tests and assesses their
safe handling and operation. BAM develops and validates analysis procedures and
assessment methods, models and necessary standards and provides science-based
services for the German industry in a European and international framework.

Safety creates markets. 
BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry
for Germany and its global markets to further develop the successful German
quality culture "Made in Germany". 

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