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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Dietrich

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Scientific career

2018 Professor and head of the department of assembly and handling technology (successor em. Prof. Günther Seliger), TU Berlin

2017 TU Berlin: Call to TU Berlin

2013 Head of the research group "Assembly and Production Automation", Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology, TU Braunschweig, with active contribution to the research campus OpenHybrid LabFactory, Wolfsburg to the research center BatteryLabFactory Braunschweig

2013 Promotion to Dr.-Ing. with the research topic "Nonlinear Modelling of Hydraulically Actuated Production Machines Using Optimized Experiments", TU Braunschweig

2005 Diplom mechanical engineering (mechatronics & microsystems technology), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT (former University Karlsruhe (TH)), with studies in England and at the University of Bremen

  • Chairman and organizer of the 7th International CIRPe Web Conference 2019
  • Research Affiliate of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP)
  • Winner of the science award of the Heribert-Nasch-Foundation
  • Guest lectures at the Tongji-University, Shanghai, und Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTECH), Singapur
  • Scientific advisor in the EXIST-project FormHand (now FormHand GmbH, Braunschweig)
  • Involved in over 70 scientific publications and several patents

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Scientific interests

  • Dynamised production with utilization of user-centred means of intervention and design thinking models
  • Handling technology, robotics, systems technology and control technology for production automation

    • Human-Robot collaboration
    • Control technology for robots, process automation and command levels
    • Modeling, control, trajectory generation
    • Robot controlled additive production
    • Machine concepts, multi-purpose gripper and end effectors
    • Micro assembly, precision assembly, high speed assembly
    • Lab automation and packaging technology (pharamaceutics and bio technology)

  • Process automation, linking and stacking technology for batteries and fuel cells
  • Automation for production process chains in lightweight construction / multi-material-components / in additive production
  • Handling technology for flexible transfer, intra-logistics and commissioning
  • Handling technology, assembly and disassembly in the context of sustainability and energy efficiency
  • New forms of engineer training, i.e. with augmented reality and maker spaces
  • Augmented reality for qualification and productivity increase in assembly and logistics
  • Automation and rationalization of non-production handling processes (i.e. flow of goods, services, construction industry)
  • Targeted use and management of heat in automated production


Conceptual Design of a Soft Material Linear Switched Reluctance Motor for Soft Robotic Applications
Citation key FroehlichThonDietrichEtAl2018
Author Fröhlich, Arian and Thon, Christoph and Dietrich, Franz and Schilde, Carsten
Year 2018
Note Vortrag
Publisher World Conference in Computational Mechanics
Chapter Conceptual Design of a Soft Material Linear Switched Reluctance Motor for Soft Robotic Applications
Abstract Common actuation principles in soft material robotics require rigid components in their chain of energy conversion devices, for example fluid pumps or tendon winding motors. In a strict sense, their embodiment in a robot, can hardly be called structurally “soft”. There are other actuation principles that use elastic or pseudo-elastic materials to transform electrical power into motion in “soft” structures directly, for example shape memory alloys and electro-active polymers. Nevertheless, power limits or travel range limits, performance quality, short material life time, electrical hazards or further practical difficulties may inhibit their deployment. This need for soft actuation principles with high power density, large travel ranges, manufacturable design, robustness, and simple systems integration is the motivation for this approach. In order to establish all-soft actuators, this approach strives for direct conversion of electrical power into motion by electro-magnetism. It is the objective to elaborate the fundamentals of electro-magnetic actuators which consist of highly elastic materials so that, ultimately, such devices can be embedded into soft robot structures without disturbing the robot’s structural softness. Among the electro-magnetic motor principles, the switched reluctance motor is identified as the research subject of highest priority, because the realization of effective elastic magnetic flux guidance therein is a preliminary technology for the other, more complex electromagnetic motor principles. In order to yield the actuation force, such an actuator requires a set of coil-driven magnetic circuits, which change their inductances when the mover travels. It is proposed to realize the magnetic circuit, which has to guide the magnetic flux through the coil and the mover, by an elastic material filled with ferro-magnetic particles. Hereby, the main technical target is to maximize the amplitude change of the magnet circuit’s inductance. The key to an effective actuator design addressed by this approach lies hence in a combination of particle embedding technology in complex shapes for effective magnetic flux geometries and model-based systems engineering that considers the cross-domain complexity of such actuators. Both are supported by function- and manufacturing-oriented simulations, such as a coupled DEM simulation for particle-filled flux guidance geometries.
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