Lead application: Sensor technology and energy harvesting
In mobility, smart materials are suitable, among other things, for monitoring safety-relevant components using energy-autonomous, wirelessly networked sensor nodes. In addition to the development of these components, the smart³ network is driving forward the direct integration of sensor nodes into structural components. In addition, piezo elements are suitable for generating small amounts of energy via vibrations that occur in vehicles and for active noise suppression in the vehicle.
Lead application: Adaptive shapes and surfaces
Thanks to their excellent integration capability, smart materials are particularly suitable as actuators in adaptive surfaces, such as interior components whose shape can be individually adapted. Surfaces and components can thus not only be customized, but can also be equipped with hidden smart functions.
Lead application: Alternative actuators
In the field of mobility, the requirements for miniaturization and functional compression as well as lightweight construction and energy efficiency are growing in particular. Smart materials offer the opportunity for leapfrog innovation.