ZULE – Reliable power electronics

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The ZULE network is an exchange platform for R&D companies with high demands on reliable electronic systems and a willingness to innovate. The network, managed by Fraunhofer IKTS, is made up of developers and manufacturers of electronic systems, plant engineering for production machines and inspection technology, product developers for automotive, rail vehicle and industrial electronics as well as software developers.

  • ZULE brings together knowledge, skills and requirements
  • ZULE is a platform for the coordinated initiation of joint R&D projects – public and bilateral

Reliable and robust electronic systems

  • Innovative solutions for electronics technologies in assembly and connection technology (AVT)
  • Further development of AVT production and process systems
  • Non-destructive testing technology and processes (quality control)
  • Evaluation of new materials and material testing
  • Monitoring, condition monitoring, prediction of operating life
  • Simulation tools and methods for robustness validation
  • Digital twins through data-supported machine learning methods

  • The target group is small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Impulses are provided by associated partners = large companies
  • Identification of solution gaps and needs
  • Development of joint project content and project ideas
  • Application for funding projects from within the network

  • Management: Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS – Dr. Mike Röllig, Dr. Lars Rebenklau
  • Approx. 10 active companies from SMEs and large companies
  • Quarterly meetings
  • Approx. 3 project launches per year from approx. 8 project ideas per year

DCFR – Dresden Center for Fatigue and Reliability

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The "Dresden Center for Fatigue and Reliability (DCFR)" is an association of interdisciplinary experts from research and development institutes and industry. The DCFR is available as a point of contact for issues relating to the system reliability of mechanical engineering and electronic structures. The mission of the DCFR is to provide development support to the R&D industry from the innovation idea to industrialization.

The range of expertise and services offered consists of

  • Material diagnostics, methods and processing for lightweight structures
  • Data and simulation-based methods for mechanical and electronic designs
  • Application of simulation and calculations for the optimization and design of mechatronic systems
  • Non-destructive testing of structural assemblies and electronic components
  • Multiscale experimental tests and alignment of digital twins

A merger of the research institutes

  • Institute for Solid Mechanics (IFKM) at TU Dresden
  • Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) at TU Dresden
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Dresden

with local industry

  • Leichtbauzentrum Sachsen GmbH (LZS)
  • ESTINO GmbH Germany

The form of collaboration is based on the one hand on cooperation projects with jointly acquired research funds, and on the other hand on bilateral development projects with companies.

nanoeva® – center for non-destructive nano evaluation

Logo: nanoeva – center for non-destructive nano evaluation

nanoeva® is the Dresden competence center for the testing of processes, materials, components and systems in electronics assembly and interconnection technology (AVT). nanoeva® is an alliance between the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS and the Institute for Electronics Assembly and Interconnection Technology (IAVT) as well as the Center for Microtechnical Production (ZmP), both institutions of the TU Dresden.

The aim of nanoeva® is to pool expertise and resources in the field of non-destructive and destructive testing and diagnostics of electronic and microsystems components and systems.

Target group: The main field of activity of nanoeva® is scientific services for industrial partners and research institutions, from the analysis of individual samples to small series testing of products.

ZVEI: Association of the Electrical and Digital Industry

Logo: ZVEI – electrifying ideas.
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Fraunhofer IKTS is involved in the ZVEI working group "High Temperature and Power Electronics". The working group is made up of industrial companies and research institutions. It deals with issues relating to high-temperature electronics. The focus is on power modules with high energy densities and electronics in harsh environments.

Specific tasks of the ZVEI working group "High-temperature and power electronics" are:

  • Development of roadmaps for high-temperature electronics
  • Participation in the creation of guidelines and standards
  • Providing methods for determining the load limits of electronics (printed circuit boards, components, assemblies)
  • Providing methods for accelerated qualification of components with extreme lifetimes