Institute of Adaptronics and Function Integration

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Sinapius
Head of the chair

Our vision:
A new doctrine of lightweight construction

  • Structure compliant integration of functions from material level right up to component
  • Adaptivity on environmental conditions and alternating requirements
  • self-regulating production processes
  • simultaneously securing of robustness and fault tolerance

Current Highlights from the Institute

iAF opens the Tentomax for lectures with the IK

Since the beginning of the summer semester, large lectures have been held in a tent due to the renovation of the Audimax. With great media attention, the iAF designed the first lecture in the former circus tent, which has a diameter of 36m and accommodates 800 listeners. The landing flap made entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic attracted a lot of attention in the first lecture on "Fundamentals of Design". The students were astonished when they calculated that the 0.5mx8m component carries more than 50 people.

GIAN course on Adaptronics

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi in cooperation with the Technical University of Braunschweig organized a GIAN course on Adaptronics from February 4 to 9, 2019. The guest lecture was held by Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Sinapius and accompanied by exciting laboratory experiments under the direction of Dr.-Ing. N. AL Natsheh. The participants were excited: „It was a very good course. I enjoyed it because I think it wsas a combination of all topics like some Physics and engineering (mechanical and electrical”, one of the participants wrote in the evaluation.

GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Networks) is an initiative of the Indian government funded by the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The aim is to use the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs at the international level to promote their commitment to Indian universities, to expand the country's existing academic resources, to accelerate the pace of quality reform and to increase India's scientific and technological capacities to global excellence.

The collaboration between IIT and the Institute of Adaptronics and Functional Integration is based on a MoU signed in May 2011 between IIT Mandi and TU9. The intensive cooperation recently led to a joint project proposal entitled "Multi-Material Multi-Purpose Printing (MMMPP)" in a call for proposals from DST (India) and DFG (Germany).

Approval and start of the collaborative project ARIEL - Charging for Fuel Cell Systems by Interdisciplinary Electric Air Compressors

Within the framework of the "National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology" (NIP), the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is funding a consortium with more than € 7 million, in which Volkswagen AG, Braunschweig Technical University, Leibniz University Hanover and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences are participating. The Technical University of Braunschweig is involved in the research work by the four institutes

  • Institute of Adaptronics and Functional Integration
  • Institute of Jet propulsion and Turbomachinery
  • Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology
  • Institute for Electrical Machines, Traction and Drives

and will receive a total of € 2.5 million in funding over the next three years. In addition to financing scientific personnel, the funding will also be used to set up and commission high-quality new test benches at the Institutes.

The project deals with the development and testing of an electrically driven air compressor for a fuel cell system for use in a vehicle. The aim of the project is the further development up to a Technological Readiness Level of 8. The air compressor shall be optimized regarding space, costs, efficiency and performance and thus contribute to the cost reduction of an entire fuel cell system for mobile applications. The overall objective of the project is a fully tested and comprehensive electrically driven air compressor optimized in terms of performance, efficiency, installation space and production, which can be used as the basis for series development.

New textbook on adaptronics published

Adaptronics is a comparatively new discipline in engineering, which is characterized by pronounced interdisciplinarity. The new textbook Adaptronics therefore offers an interdisciplinary view of adaptronic systems. Starting from the basic principles and variants of adaptronic systems and functional materials, the various functional elements are explained to the reader. Afterwards, the knowledge gained in active form control, active vibration control and active vibroacoustics is applied and deepened. Here a focus is placed on current examples from research.

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