How can the service life of wind turbines be improved?
How safe are alternative fuels?
How can microplastics be quickly detected in the environment?
BAM will once again be present at the 2017 Hanover Messe from April 24 to 28, 2017 to introduce current research projects in the field of research and technology from its five focus areas of energy, infrastructure, environment, materials and analytical sciences.
In addition, BAM will present itself as an attractive employer and draw attention to its offer for Girls'day.
Safe Operation of Offshore Wind Turbines
BAM is researching the safe operation of offshore wind turbines in the project “Service life extension and service loading fatigue strength of wind turbines” (LeBeWind). The research is focusing on methods for reliable detection, localisation and evaluation of damage with the aim of ensuring service loading fatigue and extending the service life of wind turbines.
Safety of Transp ort Infrastructures
The BAM project “Safety of transport infrastructures” (SiVi) explores different scenarios of the substance release of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in tunnels. The impact on safety of individuals and the safety of structures as well as the transport of dangerous goods in tunnels are examined.
Distributed acoustic and fibre optic sensors
The BAM project “Application of distributed acoustic and fibre optic sensors for the continuous monitoring of pipes” (AGIFAMOR) investigates how fibre optic sensors can be used to detect defects on pipeline systems. A special focus is placed on the continuous monitoring using distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) to detect acoustic phenomena generated by damages to the pipeline systems.
New Method for Measuring Microplastics
BAM has developed a new and unique method for measuring microplastics in the environment. Environmental samples are heated up and the formed gaseous decomposition products are analysed. Since plastics form specific decomposition products which differ from those of the environmental matrix, the type and quantity of the enclosed microplastics can be quickly determined.
Rapid corrosion test "KorroPad"
Stainless steel is covered by a protective chromium oxide layer, also called a passive layer. Due to errors in processing, the protective layer might not form everywhere on the surface, which could lead to local rust formation. BAM has developed a rapid colour indicator test to check the surface of stainless steel quickly, inexpensively, and without requiring any special knowledge.
RFID sensors for structural health monitoring
A team of BAM researchers is examining the use of completely and permanently embedded sensors in reinforced concrete components of bridges and other structures in the project “Communicating sensor systems for structural health monitoring and environmental monitoring” (KonSens). The goal is to determine corrosion damage and needed repairs more quickly and cost-effectively in the future.
Drop tests and stress analyses
BAM operates a test facility for guided drop tests including special measurement techniques that enable a wide range of individually adaptable dynamic testing such as crash, bending and compression tests. BAM performs basic studies on novel material combinations as well as experimental stress analysis of prototype components. BAM supports project partners in developing their testing methodologies, experimental implementation and subsequent evaluation and assessment of test and measurement data.
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