AC2T research GmbH has made the acquisition and installation of a mass spectrometry-based high-end research infrastructure, which meets the requirements of current and future questions, with the help of the province Niederösterreich and the EU.
Relevant research needs come from the use of hydrogen, which is being sought for the energy transition, and process support for the development of alternative lubricants and fuels. The development of new and safe concepts for transporting and storing energy, such as highly compressed hydrogen, also requires comprehensive observations of the processes (e.g., seals) at the molecular level and adequate test infrastructure.
The understanding of chemical interactions in complex sample mixtures and critical substances in the trace range allow sustainable, resource-efficient solutions to be advanced. Together with the specialized personnel at the site, the acquisition and operation of the presented Hy3MS infrastructure represents an international unique selling point in the field of high-tech research.
The Hy3MS project thus provides a complete picture of chemical and structural developments and will be actively integrated into ongoing and future research projects, and it consists of three essential components:
For the characterization of highly dynamic events in tribology the new high-end infrastructure was acquired aided by funding from the province Niederösterreich and by the EU. With this infrastructure yet hidden dynamic phenomena of technical systems will be made visible to further improve systems for the common good. This affects e.g. unwanted oscillations of devices which cause elevated noise levels and lead to increased energy consumption.
The infrastructure consists of the three main components:
3D Scanning Vibrometer
For high precision measurement of surface oscillations. This device is unique in Austria and the surrounding region and allows for the acquisition of smallest oscillations up to the MHz region. By three sensor heads oscillations in all three spatial dimensions can be measured. The scanning mode enables the measurement of wholes surfaces to acquire local information of the oscillations.
High-resolution high-speed camera
For detailed acquisition of movements in the time domain. A high pixel resolution enables the measurement of smallest movements of systems. Further, an extreme time resolution up to 2.45 million frames per second allows the measurement of highly dynamic processes.
High-speed infrared camera
For acquisition of the temperature evolution of surfaces. With a high time-resolution up to 30,000 frames per second, spontaneous increases in temperature, e.g., originated from friction events, can be measured. Again, a high pixel resolution allows the visualization of small details of the measured objects.
In combination as 5DViz these components offer a unique possibility to investigate highly dynamic events in the frequency domain, time domain and temperature domain.
AC2T research GmbH has acquired and installed an X-ray-based research infrastructure for structural and elemental analysis at TFZ Wiener Neustadt.
The centrepiece is a laboratory-grade microfocus high-power source with several parallel anode materials and performance data that are comparably available only at international large-scale research facilities (synchrotrons). The source is operated openly, i.e. complex set-ups in a specially available X-ray density room are possible without restriction. The system is equipped with the highest quality optics, focusing and collimating, and detectors, energy resolving or large area. This makes material research , especially tribological sophisticated experiments accessible and realisable in a laboratory environment, allowing time-resolved research into internal, structural and chemical changes.
In the development of qualitative, sustainable and resource-saving materials and coatings, this knowledge is indispensable for targeted developments. Versatile potential for further material, medical and cultural-historical research projects is realised together with the cooperation partner TU Wien. Together with the highly qualified staff and the infrastructure, the location will significantly develop its international attractiveness.
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