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3D movies shall ensure Denmark's leading position in energy technologies

Wednesday 18 Dec 13
by Anne Hansen


Henning Friis Poulsen
DTU Physics
+45 45 25 31 19

Project Partners

DTU, University of Copenhagen, Haldor Topsoe A/S, Amminex Emission Technology A/S, LM Wind Power A/S, Xnovo Technology Aps, Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility, Northwestern University (USA) and MAX IV (Lund).

The Strategic Research Council has just granted 23 million DKK to a research alliance between DTU, University of Copenhagen and the industry. The goal is to develop methods to analyze 3D film of materials, recorded while they are in use. The 3D technology will give Danish companies a head start in the development of new energy technologies.

The development of materials for wind turbines, fuel cells, catalysts and other energy technologies takes place in an extremely tough race between companies and between countries. If Denmark is to maintain its leading position in energy technologies, it is important that we are first with the best materials. A new Danish research alliance aims to develop methods to make 3D analysis of materials for thhe energy sector. This allows products with increased lifetime and higher efficiency to reach the market twice as fast as today.

The research alliance CINEMA includes researchers from DTU and the University of Copenhagen along with four Danish companies. The goal of CINEMA is to develop methods to investigate and follow changes in the microstructure of energetic materials in 3D and while they are in use. This will make it possible to find correlations between the material performance and changes in local microstructure and thereby optimize the properties of the materials.
"These 3D techniques allows us, for the first time, to look into the materials and observe what happens to them while they are in use. This means that we can understand their properties better,"explains Project Manager and Professor at DTU Physics Henning Friis Poulsen.

The new 3D analysis should be used for instance to improve fuel cells and particulate filters that clean the exhaust gases of diesel cars. 3D analyzes are also used to improve the strength of the wind turbine blades by predicting when and where injuries will occur due to 'fatigue'. Director of 'Materials & Process', Torben Jacobsen Krogsdal from LM Wind Power, who take part in CINEMA, has high hopes for the results:
"We expect to get a much better insight into the failure mechanisms of composite materials that we can use in our development of next generation materials for the wind turbine blades".

DTUs new industry portal
The start of CINEMA project coincides with the opening of an industry portal of the Department of Physics where companies can get professional assistance with their material problems. Based on specific issues free test run on the industry portal CT equipment as well as on existing large-scale facilities is offered to businesses. The objective of these tests is to prepare the industry so that they are optimally positioned to capture future opportunities offered by ESS and MAX IV, when they in a few years are completed in Lund. Together the two facilities form the largest microscope in the world with unique opportunities to study all kinds of materials.

DSF LogoBudget: CINEMA has a total budget of 45 million DKK including a grant from the Strategic Research of 23 million DKK
Project period: 2014 - 2018
Contact: Professor Henning Friis Poulsen, DTU Physics, +45 23 39 69 38,

Read more about DTU's Industry Portal (Danish)
Read more about ESS and MAX IV.

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