Circular Electrical and Electronic Equipment – The Aluminium Option
Duration: 09/01/2022 – 08/31/2024
The aim of the research project is to validate the suitability of aluminium as a functional housing material for small network devices. In this context, different methods and technologies, which are necessary for the success of the concept, are also examined for their feasibility.
In order to ensure the success of the project, different engineering competences from the fields of metallurgy, electronics and technical environmental protection are combined in an interdisciplinary team. At the core, a real ecodesign process is run through, which includes design thinking workshops, environmental assessments, technology and design iterations.
The work plan provides for six task complexes to create the comprehensive information base. The methodological approach includes interdisciplinary literature research, design workshops, model-based environmental and cost analyses, numerical simulations, physical demonstrators of technologies and exemplary test setups. In the course of the project, the methodological procedure for an interdisciplinary technology development in the context of an integrated eco-design will be tested. The orientation towards a quantitatively and qualitatively high recyclability of the product makes this approach urgently necessary. Economic and ecological assessments are, for example, a necessary step in the selection or development of suitable forming techniques, coating methods and metallurgical processes (recycling).
Figure: Prototype: Power electronics modul in CMID-technology
Benefits for SMEs
As a result, the project will create a comprehensive information base. This forms the basis for later, concrete technology and product developments. Finally, the usefulness and feasibility of the aluminium option will be validated.
On the basis of this project, different market participants in the value-added chain from component and equipment manufacturers, network equipment suppliers and service providers to recyclers and companies in the aluminium industry can develop new product and service concepts. Specifically, the companies can open up new technologies and fields of application, actively participate in designing product concepts and use cases, learn new and innovative manufacturing technologies and actively participate in die-cast based electronic assemblies. In particular, the companies involved in the project will be enabled to independently implement innovative product concepts in the future using MID and die-casting technologies.