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UD-Fraunhofer Joint Research Center

Advanced Materials, Electro-Optics & Sensors

The University of Dayton School of Engineering and the Fraunhofer Institute of Non-Destructive Testing in Dresden, Germany, collaborate to develop advanced transportation systems such as electric cars, high-speed trains and composite airplanes and to maintain production of critical aerospace parts with the highest levels of safety and reliability. The team's research focuses on advanced materials, electro-optics and sensors as they relate to materials fracture, fatigue and failure. Projects include:

  • Using acoustic waves, electromagnetic currents and sensors to detect depth of carbon penetration in bearings for Timken Company, Canton, Ohio;
  • Inspecting titanium components for the newest Boeing and Airbus planes;
  • Developing two commercially available instruments that detect stress in silicon wafers used in electronics.

International Research Expertise

The UD-Fraunhofer Joint Research Center benefits from the expertise of U.S. and German participants who innovate solutions to technical challenges that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Their goals are to disseminate their scientific findings and educate future generations of engineers and scientists with a global perspective.

UD-Fraunhofer is a conduit to EU and U.S. government and private funding opportunities through basic and applied research, product development and marketing, and supporting technology spin-offs. The Center also serves as a bridge for the transatlantic scientific communities through student and scholar exchange, organizing seminars and workshops and supporting undergraduate and graduate students in their international education and training.

Cutting Edge Materials Research
The University of Dayton leads the nation in federally funded materials research. The Fraunhofer Institute of Non-Destructive Testing-Dresden is part of an 80-unit research conglomerate with a budget of more than $2 billion. Together, they form the The UD-Fraunhofer Joint Research Center and solidify a research partnership that dates back nearly a decade.
Joseph von Fraunhofer
The Fraunhofer Institute was named for Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787-1826), an inventor from Munich, Germany. At age 22, Fraunhofer was named director of Germany's Optical Institute where he developed optical instruments such as the spectrometer and the diffraction grid. He was the first to measure the spectrum of sunlight and characterize the dark absorption strips it contains — the Fraunhofer lines.

UD-Fraunhofer Center, Dr. Partha Banerjee, Managing Director

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