Screening test method for lubricating greases

Ensuring lifetime lubrication of rolling bearings

In an endurance run test grease is mechanical-dynamically loaded in roller bearings under lab terms to win data for the development of a screening test method. Photo: Kompetenzzentrum Tribologie

24 June 2019 – An important step on the way to elucidating the causes of a reduction in the lubricity of lubricating greases in rolling bearings has been taken by the Competence Centre Tribology Mannheim and the Oel-Waerme-Institut in a joint research project. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to identify a test method that can be used for the development of lubricating greases. The TGA made it possible to differentiate quickly and cost-effectively between the greases used depending on the load and the load time. In combination with the experience gained from the numerous rolling bearing tests on the multi-station rolling bearing test bench, the simple TGA test can be used to make statements about the behaviour of the greases in the bearing.

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Synthetic fuels for climate protection?

NAMOSYN research project investigates fuel alternatives

Zwei im Kreis geführte Kupferleitungen, ein Monitor und eine Kraftstoffpumpe auf einem Prüfstand.

Hardware-in-the-Loop test rig for the qualification of fuels. Photo: OWI

28 May 2019 – Could diesel and gasoline vehicles make a greater contribution to climate protection in the future? This is a realistic option for the 29 companies and institutions involved in the new research project “NAMOSYN” (Nachhaltige Mobilität durch synthetische Kraftstoffe – Sustainable mobility through synthetic fuels) from research, industry, associations and society. They want to research the sustainable production and use of synthetic fuels according to ecological, economic and social criteria. If such synthetic fuels instead of petroleum-based fuels were increasingly used in the future, the emissions from combustion engines could become climate-neutral and significantly less polluting.

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AiF expert meeting at OWI

OWI advocates technology-open research

AiF´s expert group 2 was OWI´s guest. Photo: OWI

27 May 2019 – On 14 May 2019, at the invitation of the OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH, a meeting of expert group 2 of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AIF) took place in Herzogenrath. AiF and its member associations guarantee a qualified evaluation of projects of the Industrial Collective Research (Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung und -entwicklung -IGF). The pre-competitive IGF is organised in the innovation network of AiF and its 100 research associations and supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) with public funds.

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OWI at the “Thermprozess 2019” trade fair

Research projects and development services

Corrosion tests on the chamber furnace in the furnace laboratory of the OWI. Photo: OWI

22 May 2019 – The OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut will be represented with a stand at the “Thermprocess” trade fair, which will take place in Düsseldorf from 25 to 29 June 2019. OWI will present itself within the framework of a special show of the FOGI Forschungsgemeinschaft Industrieofenbau e.V. (Research Association for Industrial Furnace Construction) in Hall 10, Stand C 04 with current research projects. These include, for example, a project on the “Influence of thermal load changes on the service life of highly stressed furnace components made of metallic high-temperature materials”. Experts from OWI will also be available at the stand to provide information about services relating to innovations in thermal process technology.

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New extended management team at OWI

Wilfried Plum and Elmar Pohl manage the research institute

Dr. Wilfried Plum, Managing Director at OWI

20 May 2019 – The management of the OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH in Aachen has restructured itself. In view of the dynamic development of alternative, climate-friendly fuels and the expansion of research activities into the mobility sector, OWI now has two joint managing directors, Dr. Wilfried Plum and Elmar Pohl. Dr. Plum will join the management of the non-profit research institute on 1 June 2019. Dr. Plum, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, will replace David Diarra, who is leaving the research institute at his own request on 30 June 2019 after many years of successful work, most recently as head of OWI. Wilfried Plum previously held various positions in the energy sector, including authorised signatory and managing director. At OWI, he will contribute his experience and know-how to the expansion of networks and the establishment of new research and business domains.

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OWI confirmed as an affiliated institute of RWTH Aachen University

Excellent scientific work

Hardware-in-the-loop test rig for testing the interaction of regenerative fuels with technical components. Photo: OWI

13 May 2019 – The OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut gGmbH was again confirmed as an “affiliated institute of the RWTH Aachen”. The Rectorate of RWTH Aachen University approves external institutions as affiliated institutions if they perform excellent scientific work, complement the research portfolio of the university with research and development projects that serve to transfer technology to the industry. OWI researches and develops concepts and technologies in the fields of energy-efficient use of conventional and alternative liquid fuels as well as innovative efficiency technologies. The aim is to develop technically mature, low greenhouse gas and low-emission solutions for the heat generation and mobility of tomorrow.  

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OWI researches climate-neutral mobility and domestic heating

Scientific Advisory Board provides important impetus

OWI's laboratories are researching synthetic fuels and combustibles, among other things. (Photo: OWI)

OWI’s laboratories are researching synthetic fuels and combustibles, among other things. (Photo: OWI)

7 May 2019 – How the climate targets can be achieved is being investigated in various research projects based on ecological, economic and social criteria. One possible approach is the sustainable production and use of synthetic fuels. The gradual substitution of petroleum-based fuels could make the emissions from internal combustion engines climate-neutral and significantly less polluting in the long term. In cooperation with partners from academia, research and industry, the Oel-Waerme-Institut’s focus today is on such technically sophisticated, low-emission and low-greenhouse gas solutions for tomorrow’s mobility and heat generation. The aim is to make liquid fuels based on fossil and renewable energies exceedingly efficient and safe to use.

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Research on CO2-neutral future fuels

High-performance fuels based on methanol

Prüfstand zur Untersuchung möglicher Wechselwirkungen zwischen neuen Kraftstoffen und kraftstoffführenden Bauteilen von Fahrzeugen. Foto: OWI

16 January 2019 – To achieve its climate targets, Germany has to reduce its total CO2 emissions by 38% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. One measure to achieve the targets is to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the energy supply. Time is crucial, therefore efficient, economically sensible and practicable solutions are required. The “C³-Mobility” research project, which has recently started, is to investigate pathways for various climate-neutral, electricity-based fuels. They are produced from CO2, water and renewable electricity. An evaluation carried out in advance showed that the “methanol path” offers good conditions for meeting the above-mentioned requirements. Renewable methanol can be produced in large quantities at relatively manageable efforts and then easily transported as a liquid energy source. The goal of the technologies in question is to make a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the short term is estimated to be very high and is therefore being investigated in this project.

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Development of a high-quality, low-CO2 biofuel

Research and Innovation project REDIFUEL

Hardware-in-the-Loop test rig for testing the interaction of regenerative fuels and combustibles with technical components. Photo: OWI

30 November 2018 – To achieve the European Union’s climate protection targets, greenhouse gas emissions must be cut down to 80% compared to 1990 levels by 2050, while in road transport, this will require 60% reduction in emissions. Nowadays road transport is still almost entirely based on conventional fuels and internal combustion engines. One pathway could be to gradually replace fossil fuels, on one hand by introducing electric mobility to cover short distances and on the other hand by introducing low-CO2 2nd generation liquid bio-based fuels to the market to ensure mobility over long distances.

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20 years Oel-Waerme-Institut

Research for the energy transition

Brennstoffproben im Test. Foto: OWI

Fuel samples under test. Photo: OWI

29 November 2018 –
The OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut celebrates its 20th birthday this autumn. The non-profit research institute was founded in Aachen in 1998 and has been an affiliated institute of RWTH Aachen University since 2007. After its foundation, the OWI experienced a rapid growth with an expansion of its research topics and can look back on the successful implementation of numerous important research projects.

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