Mobility and railway vehicle technology
Our activities in the field of mobile applications and drives include packaging, mechanical integration, design and strength testing for individual components, propulsion units and even entire vehicle structures.
In the propulsion field, we design entire drive units using customer-specific components (motor, gear unit, cooler, ...) in specified designed spaces, optimise strength and monitor the series launch in cooperation with customers. Propulsion units of this nature are referred to as PowerPack and are used in commuter trains, speedboats and large excavators/construction vehicles.
In the vehicle field, our tasks range from design/concept and construction to weight-and strength-optimised realisation.
- Local/long-distance trains
- Repair vehicles
- Structure gauge/packaging
- Operator's cab
- Interior fittings
- Propulsion units
Mechanical and plant engineering
A great success for ISATEC in plant engineering: The development of a portal milling machine for use in aircraft construction with two vertical axes (metal-cutting or water-jet cutting) for machining wings with up to 40 m of length. The challenge in this area is to combine high precision with short cycle times at a total weight of 60 tons.
ISATEC often designs, engineers and optimises machines and systems which have to meet high requirements, with safety concerns or investment risks playing a crucial role.
Typical applications include:
In space travel, these vessels are used e.g. to store gases such as nitrogen, helium and CO2 aboard rockets and satellites. ISATEC develops both tanks of this nature and the main supporting structures of rocket stages, where the pressure vessel also serves as the load carrying shell of the rockets.
The fibre-plastic composite FRP, also known as composite, achieves an outstanding efficiency weight due to its excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Therefore, carbon fibre tanks are used as pressure tanks for trajectory control or research rocket propulsion. Space applications mean high requirements in terms of tank design. Our extensive design experience is outlined in more detail on the page Carbon pressure tanks.
To achieve cost savings, all stages are equipped with identical vessels where possible. Vessels made of fibre-plastic composite allow facilitate short production terms and generate high flexibility in case of supply bottlenecks regarding metal precursors and associated production capacity utilisation.
ISATEC conducts system studies on distributed hybrid aircraft propulsion systems in collaboration with project partners, cf. “HyFly” research project.
- Turbine structure
- Experimental structures
- Tank system for trajectory control