The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) presents innovative research on energy transition, the safety of infrastructures and materials at the Hannover Messe 2017. BAM shows strength in research through seven exhibitions in the focus areas of energy, infrastructure, environment, materials and analytical sciences.
"At the Hannover Messe, BAM demonstrates its important contribution to the safety of products, processes and the environment through innovative projects," says BAM’s President Prof. Ulrich Panne. "This makes BAM a key contributor to the competitiveness of the German economy."
BAM’s stand in Research & Technology Hall 2 Stand A02 provides visitors with an exciting insight into the work of a departmental research institute.
Safe operation of offshore wind turbines
The exhibit on the focus area of energy shows BAM's research on the safe operation of offshore wind turbines which form an important strategic pillar of the energy transition. Based on a model turbine, BAM scientists show the latest findings and methods in the field of damage detection and establishment of maintenance and repair needs that are efficient even in the high seas. BAM’s research results and expertise are also included in the approval test for offshore wind turbines.
Safety of transport infrastructures
In the focus area of infrastructure, BAM shows how fibre-optic sensors can be used to detect early damage to pipelines. Another exhibit illustrates studies on the use of liquefied gas as a fuel for heavy goods transport. Special attention is paid to the safety of tunnels, in particular regarding the safety of persons and structures as well as the transport of dangerous goods.
RFID sensors for safe bridges and structures
In the focus area of analytical sciences, BAM demonstrates how RFID sensors can be used to continuously monitor of the condition of bridges and other structures. By permanently embedding sensors in reinforced concrete components, corrosive damage and necessary repairs will be determined more quickly and cost-effectively in future.
Unique test methods: microplastics, corrosion protection and drop tests
A new and so far unique method for measuring microplastics in the environment is presented by the exhibit in the focus area of the environment. BAM has developed a method that enables the detection of the environmental impact by microplastics much faster than before. The research results are intended to help the legislature in carrying out better risk assessment and developing avoidance strategies.
The focus area of materials shows BAM’s know-how and technology transfer in the field of corrosion protection. The KorroPad process patented by BAM enables the quick and destruction-free testing of stainless steel even by laypersons. This prevents safety problems caused by defective materials prior to their further processing.
In the focus area of analytical sciences, BAM shows its unique position in special test methods. A test rig for controlled drop tests, including a versatile measuring technology, enables dynamic and individually adjustable tests for understanding the behaviour of materials. Impressive video sequences from extreme tests show crash, bending and compression tests of varying material and component combinations such as hybrid batteries or underside guards of lorries.
BAM promotes safety in technology and chemistry.
As a BMWi departmental research institute, 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“.