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Collaboration between Fraunhofer, Technical University of Munich and Tel Aviv University

We, the Fraunhofer Center Secure intelligent Systems, proudly present our first student exchange program to you, which combines the expertise of our core partners: Fraunhofer IGCV, Technical University of Munich and Tel Aviv University! This program is part of our Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Sensors and Applied Systems (FIP-SENS@TAU) which we opened in 2022 in Tel Aviv, to promote top level multi - and interdisciplinary research and development. 

Join the exceptional student exchange program and collaborate with top minds at the forefront of innovation and technology. This program offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Israel’s dynamic start-up ecosystem, renowned for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit and to gain insights from the largest applied research organization in Europe, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

This exchange program not only fosters innovation and practical applications but also provides a unique cultural experience that broadens perspectives and enriches approaches to solving global challenges.

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Project Information

Impression of the autonomous boat project
Impression of the autonomous boat project

Description

In 2023, Tel Aviv University (TAU) formed a dedicated team of mechanical engineering students to represent Israel in the prestigious international RoboBoat competition held in Sarasota, USA. The RoboBoat competition challenges teams to design, build, and deploy a fully Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) that navigates a rigorous obstacle course. The team developed an ASV equipped with LIDAR, Computer Vision, and a sensor array to precisely map its surroundings.

During the 2023 competition, the ASV faced significant challenges due to high winds and sharp turns, causing it to capsize. Despite the setback, the team demonstrated resilience by retrieving and repairing the boat. Our current objective is to enhance the ASV’s stability to prevent similar issues in future competitions.

We invite German students from the Technical University of Munich to join us in this exciting project. Your collaboration will be crucial in finding innovative solutions to stabilize the boat for the next competition in 2025. This is an excellent opportunity to apply your skills, learn from experts, and contribute to an international engineering challenge. Discover more about the work of the Israeli team and be part of this transformative experience!

Here you can find more insights into the work of the Israeli Team!

You can choose between three Projects with different focus:

All Projects will be held virtually.

Autonomous boat instability sensing

Focus on stability sensing and control. In collaboration with students from the Technical University of Munich and Tel Aviv University, you will test mechanical modifications to the boat and assess their impact on stability. This will be conducted in a swimming pool, wave tank at TAU, or a lake, utilizing sensors installed on the boat. Your team will perform simulation analyses using Ansys or similar software to validate the new design.

 

For application please write an e-mail to Daniel Günther (Fraunhofer IGCV and TUM Department UTG) (daniel.guenther@igcv.fraunhofer.de) together with your Transcript of Records.

If you are interested in more than one project, please prioritize them in your e-mail. 

Course places are limited. The allocation of places is based on the first come first serve principle.

We will contact you at the end of the application deadline and let you know whether you have received a place.

Application for TUM Students:

Course of study B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 
(3rd - 5th Semester)
Application start July 2024
Application Deadline 28.07.2024
Application Requirements Transcript of Records and afterwards Interview with Advisor
Language English
Timeline Start: 04.11.2024
End: Flexible if one or two semesters // Either end of March or 25.06.2025
Credit Points 10
Course Structure Every two weeks virtual meetings with a mixed group of students of Technical University of Munich and Tel Aviv University.

Autonomous boat stability improvements

Focus on enhanced hydrodynamic stability. Working alongside peers from the Technical University of Munich and Tel Aviv University, you will use CAD software such as SolidWorks or Catia to design an improved boat platform. Your team will then manufacture the mechanical kit and integrate it into the boat to improve its performance.

 

For application please write an e-mail to Daniel Günther (Fraunhofer IGCV and TUM Department UTG) (daniel.guenther@igcv.fraunhofer.de) together with your Transcript of Records.

If you are interested in more than one project, please priotize them in your e-mail. 

Course places are limited. The allocation of places is based on the first come first serve principle.

We will contact you at the end of the application deadline and let you know whether you have received a place.

Application for TUM Students:

Course of study B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
(3rd - 5th Semester)
Application start July 2024
Application Deadline 28.07.2024
Application Requirements Transcript of Records and afterwards Interview with Advisor
Language English
Timeline Start: 04.11.2024
End: Flexible if one or two semesters // Either end of March or 25.06.2025
Credit Points 10
Course Structure Every two weeks virtual meetings with a mixed group of students of Technical University of Munich and Tel Aviv University.

Multi-material components on base of casted parts

Focus on refine cast parts using the Directed Energy Deposition (DED) additive manufacturing process. 

Cast parts can integrate many functions into one component. This aspect can be enhanced by realizing material mixtures. The focus here is on reducing the negative properties resulting from the cast structure through hybrid or combined construction. The project goal is to refine cast parts using the Directed Energy Deposition (DED) additive manufacturing process. The use of additive manufacturing in combination with casting enables the production of bigger multi-material parts with complex geometries. The proposed material combinations are to be tested and their metallic structure and interface integrity characterized. The combination with the sub-project "Autonomous boat" will also be the focus of the project. Individual parts or the entire hull are to be produced as castings. The target parameters for the hybrid solution should be strength, hardness, ductility, and thermal conductivity. Moreover, DED process parameters (e.g. laser power, laser scan speed, etc.) will be investigated and optimized according to the required physical properties of the components. The students evaluate in detail using test geometries:

- A combination of AlSi7Mg casting and titanium alloys DED manufacturing

- A combination of AlSi7Mg casting with Al 5083 DED manufacturing.

The material and the composite are characterized on the basis of the above target variables. The most promising technology will then be validated on components of the "autonomous boat".

 

For application please write an e-mail to Daniel Günther (Fraunhofer IGCV and TUM Department UTG) (daniel.guenther@igcv.fraunhofer.de) together with your Transcript of Records.

If you are interested in more than one project, please priotize them in your e-mail. 

Course places are limited. The allocation of places is based on the first come first serve principle.

We will contact you at the end of the application deadline and let you know whether you have received a place.

Application for TUM Students.:

Course of study B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
(3rd - 5th Semester)
Application start July 2024
Application Deadline 28.07.2024
Application Requirements Transcript of Records and afterwards Interview with Advisor
Language English
Timeline Start: 04.11.2024
End: 25.06.2025
Credit Points 10
Course Structure Every two weeks virtual meetings with a mixed group of students of Technical University of Munich and Tel Aviv University.
Autonomous Boat
Example of the hybrid part, where base part was manufactured by subtractive manufacturing from H13 steel, and the top having complex inner cooling channels, was additive manufactured using maraging steel. The illustrated interface is dense and homogeneous.

Your mentors are happy to answer your questions

 

Daniel Günther

Fraunhofer IGCV

daniel.guenther@igcv.fraunhofer.de

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Volk

Fraunhofer IGCV and Technical University of Munich

wolfram.volk@tum.de

 

Dr. Vladimir Popov

Tel Aviv University

vpopov@tauex.tau.ac.il

 

 

Danny Berko

Tel Aviv University

Dannyb@tauex.tau.ac.il 

 

Dr. Noa Lachman-Senesh

Tel Aviv University

noala@tauex.tau.ac.il