Hannover Technical Visits

Tours will take place on Friday 2nd June 2017 and will run
simultaneously. Delegates will only be able to attend one tour.

The programme for euspen‘s 17th International Conference & Exhibition in Hannover will include optional technical visits
tours.  These tours will provide delegates with the ideal opportunity to learn more about the companies facilities, capabilities,
technologies, product developments and expertise.

GEO 600: Gravitational Wave Experiment
MTU Maintenance
PTB, Precision Engineering
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH)

GEO 600: Gravitational Wave Experiment

A tour at GEO 600 will take place
on Friday 2nd June 2017.

GEO600 is a ground-based interferometric gravitational wave detector located near Hannover, Germany. It is designed and operated by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Leibniz Universität Hannover, along with partners in the United Kingdom, and is funded by the Max Planck Society and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). GEO600 is part of a worldwide network of gravitational wave detectors. Two detectors have been constructed in the USA (LIGO), and one each in Italy (Virgo) and Japan (KAGRA). Scientists from GEO600 and LIGO collaborate within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration(LSC). GEO600 scientists together with the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) built the lasers for Advanced LIGO.

Time Itinerary
09:15 Transportation from Hannover Congress Centre
09:45 Arrival at GEO 600 site in Ruthe close to Hannover
09:50 Introduction: The search for gravitational waves
10:00 Tour of the detector site, including visits to the central laboratory and the control room
11:15 Open Questions and Farewell
11:30 Transportation to Hannover Congress Centre
The GEO600 project aims at the direct detection of gravitational waves by means of a laser interferometer of 600 m armlength. Gravitational waves are extremely small ripples in the structure of spacetime caused by astrophysical events like supernovae or coalescing massive binaries (neutron stars, black holes). They have been predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916 and have been first observed on September 14, 2015.
GEO600 Website

PTB, Braunschweig, Precision Engineering

A tour of the PTB Precision Engineering Division will take place
on Friday 2nd June 2017.

PTB is the National Metrology Institute of Germany with scientific and technical service tasks. PTB measures with the highest accuracy and reliability – metrology as the core competence. PTB stands for progress and reliability in metrology for the benefit of society, trade and industry, and science. The techincal tour will be of the Precision Engineering Division 5 : Dimensions from several metres down to nanometres — precise dimensional metrology as backbone of a reliable and sustainable industrial production.
Time Itinerary
09:00 Transportation from Hannover Congress Centre
09:50 Arrival at PTB site in Braunschweig and registration
10:00 Lab tours (larger groups can only visit 3 stations):
– Sphere interferometer & inter­ferometer for thermal expansion properties of materials (CTE)
– Nanometer Comparator for calibration of line graduations
– Micro-Coordinate metrology & Computed Tomography (CT)
– Scientific Instrumentation: PTB design & machining facilities
12:15 Refreshments and farewell
12:30 Transportation to Hannover Congress Centre
PTB Precision Engineering Website

Hannover Centre for Production Technology, PZH

A tour of the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH)  will take place on Friday 2nd June 2017.

The Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH) is, nationwide as well as internationally, one of the most important research centres for production engineering. Approximately 250 scientists, mostly with engineering and natural sciences backgrounds, research at the six Leibniz University institutes which comprise the PZH. Under the umbrella of the PZH, the scholars not only bring together their versatile disciplines for a successful interdisciplinary cooperation, they also make use of the engineering services provided by the TEWISS GmbH and by the many smaller production-related companies, some of which are spin-offs of the institutes themselves.

Time Itinerary
09:00 Transportation from Hannover Congress Centre
10:00 Welcome presentation
10:30 Tour of facilities*
12:30 Transportation to Hannover Congress Centre
Hannover Centre for Production Technology Website

MTU Maintenance

A tour to MTU Maintenance at the Airport in Hannover will take place on Friday 2nd June 2017.

MTU Maintenance is the world’s largest independent provider of maintenance services for aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. With more than 30 engine types, it boasts the largest portfolio globally. The company employs 4,000 qualified professionals, has completed over 17,000 shop visits and looks back on more than 35 years of history. The Langenhagen facility is the centerpiece of the MTU Maintenance group and responsible for the maintenance of medium and large commercial engines. These include the CF6, GE90, V2500 and CFM56 engine families.

Time Itinerary
09:00 Transportation from Hannover Congress Centre
09:30 Arrival at MTU Maintenance site in Hannover-Langenhagen and registration
09:45 Introduction to MTU and MTU Maintenance facility
10:30 Shop tour: disassembly, repair and assembly of different types of aero-engines, test cell
12:30 Transportation to Hannover Congress Centre
MTU Engine Maintenance Facility Website

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Facility, Hannover

A tour to the manufacturing headquarter of Volkswagen commercial vehicles will take place on Friday 2nd June 2017.

The foundation for the Volkswagen Hannover factory was laid more than 50 years ago when the first Transporter came off the production line on 8th March 1956.

Time Itinerary
09:00 Transportation from Hannover Congress Centre
09:30 Arrival at VW Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles site in Hannover-Stöcken and registration
09:45 Introduction to VW and VW Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
09:45 Tour: VW Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
12:30 Transportation to Hannover Congress Centre
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
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