7 Years TÜV AUSTRIA Science Award
On October 23, TÜV AUSTRIA awarded innovative, creative, and sustainable projects of Austrian engineers for the fifth time.
"It's certainly nice to see the creative and innovative potential that lies in Austria's next generation."
Stefan Haas, CEO TÜV AUSTRIA Group
5th Anniversary TÜV AUSTRIA Science Award Ceremony
Intelligent headlights, electromobility, sustainable waste analyses, robots with novel camera control and/or completely new means of movement and inspection capabilities, security in cross-border e-governance, driver assistance systems for roads, sound measurements in the low-frequency range, refurbishment of asbestos-containing collection items, CO2 reduction in enclosed spaces, stability behavior in lightweight structural engineering, simulation models for material fatigue, measurement of electrical parameters of pipelines, planning and development of a drive system and the motor control of an electric racing car.
Between 2012 and 2016, a total of 27 projects and 56 prize winners from more than 200 submissions have been awarded the TÜV AUSTRIA Science Award.
This is the result of the impressive performance of young researchers and developers in the fields of safety, technology, environment, quality, and sustainability.
Creating awareness for research and innovation
The aim is to generate awareness of the high quality of domestic engineering and of the research and innovation spirit, to offer the next generation of engineers a platform to efficiently communicate their talents.
Stefan Haas, CEO of the TÜV AUSTRIA Group: "The promotion of young people in the area of technical and natural sciences is a worthwhile investment in the future. The invitation that we sent out to participate in this competition to evaluate studies has been magnificently received. This is the case not only in terms of the quantity of submissions, but also, and above all, in terms of the quality of the works, the possibilities for solutions, the future perspectives, innovative ideas, the notions of sustainability, and much more. It's certainly nice to see the creative and innovative potential that lies in Austria's Next Generation."
Support to the "Science Award" project has been given by the Rector of the Technical University of Vienna, Sabine Seidler, and General Secretary of the Federation of Industrialists, Christoph Neumayer, who congratulated this great private initiative on behalf of the industry, an endeavor which has unequivocally contributed to Austria's knowledge advancement.
Rising demand for engineers
Neumayer: "Austria is a country of innovation. We owe two-thirds of our prosperity to technological advancement, research, and innovation. The majority of this innovation comes from industry. In the field of education, higher technical institutes (HTLs) play an important role. However, according to a recent survey by the Federation of Industrialists, eight out of ten companies report recruitment difficulties in technical professions across all competence levels. Against the background of the dynamic change processes in the economy - the keyword here being 'digitization' - the demand for technology graduates will increase. Therefore, all initiatives that support young people in the areas of innovation and education bear an even greater importance. In addition to the Science Award, for example, there is the TÜV AUSTRIA science scholarship, which makes a significant contribution to students actually being able to afford their studies."
Rector Seidler was once again impressed by the highly significant technical achievements that have been made at domestic HTLs and universities. The TÜV AUSTRIA Science Award is an ideal platform to make these talents known to a broad and interested audience from within science and industry.
Seidler: "For the Technical University of Vienna, we are delighted not only to have several winners within the framework of the Science Award, but also that students from several faculties have come or will come to benefit from the science scholarship. The commitment to young engineers is therefore a tangible part of TÜV AUSTRIA's corporate culture. Added to this are also other joint future-oriented activities, for example the Aspern prototype factory, where TÜV AUSTRIA contributes to ensuring that digital factories are actually safe. This is a field that will have an immense impact upon society."
Diploma theses and dissertations at technical universities and technical colleges, HTL dissertations, and also successful development projects undertaken within companies were evaluated.
The TÜV AUSTRIA Science Award will have its 6th edition in 2017. Project entries are possible until June 30 2017.
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Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Walter Ochensberger
Dissertation at Montanuniversität Leoben, Erich Schmid Institute for Material Science at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
"Characterization of fatigue crack growth with the configurational force concept"
Material fatigue, i.e. material damage as a result of alternating loads, is the most important damage mechanism in mechanical engineering. Most instances of technical damage can be attributed to fatigue. This is due to the fact that, in many machines, there is always a certain amount of rotation, which constantly changes the load on components. If and when a component eventually fails is largely dependent on exposure time and intensity level. Thus the service life of cyclically loaded components is limited.
The aim of the thesis was the development of a new calculation method for the characterization of fatigue crack growth in elastoplastic materials (e.g. ductile metals) in order to accurately predict the service lifespan of cyclically stressed components in mechanical engineering. To this end, the concept of configurational forces was employed.
Dipl.-Ing. Michael Muffat, BSc
Master thesis at Graz University of Technology, Institute of Electrical Installations
"Modeling and Measuring the Electrical Parameters of Pipelines"
Oil and gas fossil fuels account for more than half of the energy consumption in Austria. In order to transport such amounts of energy, a cross-regional network of pipelines is required. During the construction or operation of such systems, a variety of aspects must be taken into consideration: In addition to pressure, gradient, and height, electrical engineering also comes into play. Due to the route management, high voltage systems often impact the alternating current.
Under certain conditions, this influence can lead to dangerous contact voltages as well as material corrosion. Therefore, a correct pipeline model is necessary for the calculation of electromagnetic influences. Only through this can necessary countermeasures be properly planned and parameterized.
The aim of the thesis was, therefore - in addition to theoretical considerations and calculations - to find a practical method for the determination of the electrical parameters of pipelines.
"Theses at HTLs" Category
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Matthias Müller, Maximilian Siegl, Pascal Pleyer, Stefan Görig, Tomislav Percic
Diploma thesis at HTL Wien 10, Department of Mechatronics
"Project Worm - Technology Inspired by Nature"
The team implemented a project from the field of bionics, i.e. the construction of a technical model based on an animal - in this case an earthworm.
The peculiarity of worm movement is the fact that moving (body) parts are always suspended in the air, supported by those that are momentarily static, touching the ground or hole wall only when they are also stiff. Thus, such propulsion is completely free of slippage.
The aim of the project was to realize a technical project of a robot in the form of an earthworm, with fixed segments and body components.
The robot-worm is equipped with a camera, brightness sensors, light-emitting diodes, a gyroscope sensor for positional detection, and an antenna module which allows a range of 1 km. It can go forward and backward, turn left and right, turn up and down, roll sideways, crawl vertically through a pipe, and move to a safe position in the event of an emergency.
It has the potential to be used as an exploration robot in tunnel and shaft systems and can climb to a full vertical position and deliver measured values (including long-term measurements).
The robot worm is 80 cm long and has a diameter of 12.5 cm.
Vishal Chani, Lukas Knapp, Paul Oberauer, Lukas Rienessl, Robert Promok, Fabian Pöchmüller
Diploma thesis at HTBLVA Salzburg, Department of Electrical Engineering
Development and production of a drive system and planning and development of a motor control system for the "Scorpion" EV
In 2014, a machine building team from HTL Salzburg built a one-man racing car, which used a fuel cell for propulsion and was designed to participate in competitions. As the vehicle was not upgradeable, it was decided to construct a new car and equip it with an electrical drive focused upon energy efficiency.
The drive concept and the motor control system for the "Scorpion" were planned and produced as a collaboration with two diploma thesis projects in the electrical engineering department. In addition, a second vehicle was developed, which is intended for road approval.
With the roadworthiness of the two "Scorpions" achieved and a good placement at this year's Shell Eco-Marathon in London, the diploma thesis was successfully concluded.
The name "Scorpion" is derived from the animal and relates to the extremely economical use of energy. With one kilowatt hour, the Salzburg "Scorpion" can travel 63 kilometers, while, in comparison, commercially available vehicles can achieve around 10 kilometers.