voestalpine https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/ corporate blog of voestalpine Fri, 17 May 2019 10:07:24 +0000 zh-CN hourly 1 Digital Ambassador Qualification Program: Shaping digitalization together https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/career/workplace-of-the-future/digital-ambassador-qualification-program-shaping-digitalization-together/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/career/workplace-of-the-future/digital-ambassador-qualification-program-shaping-digitalization-together/#respond Fri, 17 May 2019 10:07:24 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=94077 When the Digitalization Competence Center (DCC) was first conceived, it was clear that the knowledge accumulated there should be made available to everyone in the High Performance Metals Division in order to drive the digital transformation—that’s when the Digital Academy was born.

 

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Expert clusters on topics such as robotics were soon established in order to learn from each other and pursue topics together. Last year, a training curriculum was developed for employees who are not necessarily digitalization experts. At the beginning of February 2019, the first training took place in Kapfenberg. In a one-week Digital Ambassador Qualification Program (DAQP), the first 19 participants completed the Digital Academy’s basic program, says Project Manager Johannes Eichler, Global Digitalization Manager.

"We are training ambassadors who will support their companies, their divisions and their colleagues during the digital transformation. We have laid a cornerstone for the participants on which we can build."

Imparting basic knowledge

The qualification program is targeted at first and second management levels, operations and production managers, maintenance staff and IT managers from production and sales companies in all regions of the High Performance Metals Division. However, the program is even beneficial for digitalization experts. Eichler explains, “It is important to understand that it is the employees who can promote the idea of digital transformation and make a difference in their organizations. Digitalization is not limited to technology, so we have put together a combination of technical and cultural topics to give them the tools they need.”

The intensive program includes modules on automation and robotics as well as on agile change management. “For every topic, we used the input of external specialists to supplement the voestalpine perspective,” comments Global Chief Digital Officer Michael Eder. “This allowed us to translate theory into practice and highlight challenges, insights and opportunities.”

Teilnehmer Digital Ambassador Program

After they have completed the DAQP, the Digital Academy would like to integrate all participants into the Division’s digital community, for example by having them participate in the expert clusters.

Common language for the digital community

“It was important to establish a common language on this topic. Now, the participants can work together and be ambassadors, translators and change agents for digitalization,” says Eder. The basic program is currently in great demand. As Johannes Eichler points out, “The fact that the pilot event was so well received is naturally making waves. The Metal Forming and Metal Engineering Divisions would also like to participate.” Starting in July, a program will be offered every two months. And the Digital Academy’s Deep Dive modules will go into more depth on special topics.

Teilnehmer FH DAQP

The FH Joanneum in Kapfenberg provides the DCC with organizational and program development support. Hands-on classes for the DAQP participants were held in the university’s Smart Production Lab.

Deep Dive modules

Like the Digital Ambassador Qualification Program, the Deep Dive modules will cover both technical and cultural topics. The first module will be on the “Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence Lab” of Alexander Pokorny, the expert for DCC Data Analytics. It will start in June and be followed by modules on “Agile Change” and “Cybersecurity”. Thomas Schober, the Division’s IT Security Manager, was also involved in the DAQP and designed the Deep Dive course on security: “Cybersecurity is one of the necessary pillars of digitalization. It offers many opportunities, but there are also risks. We want to hone the awareness of the participants so that they consider security issues in all digitalization projects.

Marion Drescher from Human Resources would like people to learn from her module that the Division’s digital journey is about more than just using the latest technologies: “In these times of increasing complexity and uncertainty, we have to respond even faster to changes. And that requires new management methods and approaches. That is why we have integrated modules into the DAQP that enable the participants to recognize the sense of urgency of the digital transformation and, in the next step, try out new, agile working methods and leadership approaches.”

 

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voestalpine European Races in Monaco: friends share everything https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/formula-e/voestalpine-european-races-in-monaco-friends-share-everything/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/formula-e/voestalpine-european-races-in-monaco-friends-share-everything/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 15:01:06 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93892 The 2019 Monaco E-Prix story has its hero—and it’s a Frenchman. Having won the race around the principality, reigning ABB FIA Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne now personally embodies the status of title defender, Monaco winner (first time), leading driver in Season 5 (first time), voestalpine European Race triumphator (first time), and also the first person who has managed to win a second race in the hugely diverse 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

 

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Following his win in China, ‘JEV’ has now prevailed in the Principality where he won in dominant fashion, from lights to flag. He also remains close friends with his greatest rival André Lotterer with whom he is currently one point ahead of in the drivers standings. The DS TECHEETAH driver is ahead of his team colleague in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a whole, while in the voestalpine European Races rankings the opposite is true—here Lotterer remains in the lead. Here the key facts about the weekend on the Côte d’Azur.

JEV is Number 1

His friends all call him JEV—an amalgamation of his initials. Yet Jean-Éric Vergne, who turned 29 in April, also likes to lead from the front. He leads the championship rankings. That means the current ABB FIA Formula E Champion may succeed in something his predecessors, Nelson Piquet Jr, Sébastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi, were all unable to achieve, namely securing the title for a second time, even defending it directly. Vergne is seen as one of the good guys in Formula E because of his straightforwardness. Even in his hour of victory he remained of the opinion that this year’s Formula E should have been driven over the full circuit layout in Monaco, rather than on the modified version. Which, if you listen carefully, is clearly a compliment for this electric series: “Our cars and our energy storage systems have long been capable of this, and anyway, Formula E is strong enough in itself. We don’t need to shy away from comparisons with Formula One on exactly the same circuit, because we have our own strengths and qualities. It’s not just about lap times.”

Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne

An unusual friendship between two team rivals

When it comes to qualities, one feature of Formula E is that, in contrast with other race series, there are also close friendships between team colleagues, even though in motorsport a team mate is usually seen as the first competitor to beat. That’s because a race driver’s performance can always be precisely measured against that of the only other driver on the track who is in the same team and is identically equipped. This comparison makes friendship between a team’s two drivers impossible. Or perhaps not? Although Vergne and Lotterer are now both in the lead and battling it out for the title in both the ABB Formula E Championship as a whole and the voestalpine European Races (in reverse order), their friendship remains as strong as ever: “Obviously there’s no reason to change anything,” says the Frenchman about his partner. “Nothing can come between us, and nothing will change our friendship. We both have great respect for one another, and that’s all that counts. Even though things can change very fast in Formula E, and clearly you never know what will happen. But just being so close in the rankings doesn’t change anything.”

Lotterer

Andre Lotterer currently leads the voestalpine European Races

The unknown hero of Formula E: Oliver Rowland

Eight different winners in nine races, yet one of the season’s heroes is British driver Oliver Rowland who has never won an E-Prix in his career. In Monaco, the Nissan e.dams team driver was awarded three additional points for the fastest time in qualifying, even though he was pushed back due to a penalty he accrued in the previous race. Rowland came in second, crossing the finishing line in Monaco even ahead of his famous team colleague Sébastien Buemi who, to that date, had remained unbeaten in Formula E racing in the Principality. With three pole positions this season, and 59 points despite a variety of technical problems, Rowland can be proud of his performance during his debut season (discounting a guest appearance in Punta del Este in 2015 as the replacement driver for Heidfeld at Mahindra), and especially considering he was not originally one of the 22 drivers nominated for this season. It was only after Nissan driver Alex Albon changed over to another series at the last minute that an unexpected cockpit place became free for the replacement driver Rowland. The Brit, champion of the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 series, comes from the Renault junior program, and was placed third in the Formula 2 Championship in 2017.

Rejoicing over the VENTURI podium placing

The most emotional celebrations were those of the VENTURI Formula E Team. Felipe Massa secured third place on the podium during his team’s home race, marking the former Formula One Vice Champion and Monaco resident’s best Formula E result to date. “Until now, I’ve never had a completely clean race that’s let me get the best performance out of the car. There were no errors today, and, unlike Hong Kong, I didn’t get pushed out. Standing on the podium and watching my son cheering for me was so special—it’s a wonderful feeling. It makes you so proud when you see something like that.” Venturi team boss Susie Wolff is also proud, dedicating the podium placement to Venturi President Gildo Pastor: “That’s for you, Gildo!” Wolff was particularly pleased that this third place precisely reflected the day’s sporting performances and, in contrast to Edoardo Mortara’s win in Hong Kong, had nothing to do with incidents involving the leading drivers.

To the Formula E Microsite: http://www.voestalpine.com/formele/en

Wolfgang Eder (voestalpine-CEO), Alejandro Agag (Formula E CEO), Jean Todt (FIA)

Wolfgang Eder (voestalpine-CEO), Alejandro Agag (Formula E CEO), Jean Todt (FIA)

 

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Good reasons to visit voestalpine at CWIEME 2019 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/mobility/automotive-en/good-reasons-to-visit-voestalpine-at-cwieme-2019/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/mobility/automotive-en/good-reasons-to-visit-voestalpine-at-cwieme-2019/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 12:40:39 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93762 voestalpine will once more be a sought-after dialogue partner at the 2019 coil winding trade fair CWIEME in Berlin. The voestalpine companies will be presenting efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions for the electrical industry, as well as offering visitors the chance to see a Gen2 Formula E race car in person.

 

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voestalpine will be bringing more than just innovative products to this year’s CWIEME in Berlin, which runs from May 21 to 23: the Formula E event in Berlin the following weekend (May 25), part of the voestalpine European Races, will also make its presence clearly felt on exhibition stand D21 in Hall 2.2.
That means there are several good reasons for visiting the voestalpine exhibition stand:

  1. Steel Division: updates from Europe’s leading electrical steel manufacturer

    voestalpine will be presenting its high-efficiency isovac® electrical steel product portfolio at CWIEME. This now includes backlack-v®, a new solution for efficient lamination stack bonding.

  2. Metal Forming Division presents compacore®

    voestalpine Automotive Components produces lamination stacks for electric motors using compacore® technology. Its inline production process manufactures full-faced bonded stator and rotor lamination stacks with guaranteed mechanical and electromagnetic properties.

  3. Experience Formula E hands on

    The technology group is positioning itself as a key player in tomorrow’s mobility, as the main sponsor of the voestalpine European Races, part of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Visitors to CWIEME will be able to get closer to a Formula E race car–the new Gen2–than ever before.

  4. “Austrian Night”–an evening of tradition and innovation

    On May 22, 2019, at 17:00, voestalpine invites visitors to its stand D21 in Hall 2.2 for an Austrian evening. Our traditional warm hospitality includes an extra treat in the form of special guest Maximilian Günther, a Formula E driver with Austrian roots who competes for the GEOX Dragon team.

  5. Leading technology direct from the source

    “Backlack in a Minute” is the title of the presentation on a key technology used in electric motor production. The presentation given by Senior Researcher Ronald Fluch of voestalpine Stahl GmbH introduces attendees to the world of backlack in high-volume series production: May 22, 2019, 10:20–11:00, CWIEME Central Theatre.

Further information

 

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Formula E in Monaco: the formula of future racing on a historic circuit https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/formula-e/formula-e-in-monaco-the-formula-of-future-racing-on-a-historic-circuit/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/formula-e/formula-e-in-monaco-the-formula-of-future-racing-on-a-historic-circuit/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 12:22:16 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93713 It’s the halfway point in the voestalpine European Races, part of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. And there could hardly be a more grand location in which to mark this occasion: Monaco, the principality which has hosted motor racing for the past 90 years. And every alternate year in Formula E’s calendar since 2015, it has also been giving fans the chance to experience the future of motorsport. It’s the ideal location for following the rapid rise of this booming race series. A quick run through the key facts.

 

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Nowhere are the celebrations more international than in Formula E

Eight races, eight different winners, seven different winning teams, six different winning manufacturers—the variety offered by this diverse championship is sensational. But there is one thing that highlights the international success of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship: the eight winners this season have come from eight different nations: Portugal, Belgium, Great Britain, Brazil, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, and most recently the Netherlands. A German winner can only be a matter of time, considering that there a total of four potential candidates: André Lotterer, Daniel Abt, Pascal Wehrlein, and Maximilian Günther.

Monaco is a home game for one winning team

The VENTURI Formula E team is the only team based in Monaco. Headed by team boss Susie Wolff, and with Edoardo Mortara at the wheel, the team has recently won its first ever Formula E race. Venturi has a long-standing involvement with electric cars and has already set several world records in this field. In 2010, for example, when a Citroen Berlingo First, powered by Venturi, completed the roughly 14,000 km route from Shanghai to Paris, establishing a course record for electric production vehicles. Working closely with the Ohio State University and with a Jamais Contente, Venturi has also set speed records for electric cars: in 2009 averaging over 487 km/h (based on fuel cells), and in 2010 with batteries and averaging over 495 km/h. Top speed: 515 km/h.

Much applause for André Lotterer, the leading voestalpine European Races driver

Andre Lotterer

Andre Lotterer

Duisburg-born André Lotterer is also a Monaco resident. With two podium places in the two European races in Rome and Paris, the German is now in second place in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship rankings, whilst simultaneously leading the voestalpine European Races rankings. The DS TECHEETAH driver also caused a stir with the statements he made after the rain race in France: his passionate plea for Formula E, his report on the race (“Formula E is the most difficult car to drive, but it’s a really challenging game. Theres a lot of do behind the wheel for the drivers which is good”, have all been shared thousands of times on social media, with his colleagues Jérôme d’Ambrosio, Robin Frijns, and Daniel Abt all enthusiastically nodding in agreement. It’s no wonder, because in driving circles Lotterer is seen as an absolute icon, having won the long-distance classic in Le Mans three times. He’s also a legend in Japan where he has won both the Superformula and SuperGT. His appraisal of the sporting challenge that is Formula E is seen as spot on.

Maxi Günther seized his opportunity with style

With his fifth place in Paris, Maximillian Günther has proven his value to the GEOX DRAGON team. To date, this driver with Austrian roots had been swapped with Brazilian Felipe Nasr in the cockpit. But the results speak clearly for the Allgäuer.

Can Sébastien Buemi continue his series of Monaco wins to end his run of bad luck?

The headline sounds confusing, but it’s true. Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi remains unbeaten in Monaco for Formula E, winning both in 2015 and 2017. But this season the Formula E record holder (12 E-Prix triumphs) and his team Nissan e.dams are still without a win, even though he’s often amongst the absolute fastest, especially during qualifying. It’s quite possible that he or his team colleague Oliver Rowland will turn in a winning performance in Monaco, so that Formula E can record yet another winning team this season.

Formula E’s thrilling development also enthralls legends

Scotsman Allan McNish is 50 this year, and is regarded as a motorsport legend: the current team boss of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the Le Mans three teams. He’s delighted by how the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has developed: “I was in Monaco in a private capacity in 2015, living there with my family. And quite honestly, I didn’t find the whole event particularly thrilling. But I came again in 2017, and this time it was simply ‘wow!’ The developments and the advances that this series and these cars are making is breathtaking. Now we’re in season five, and it’s sensational and impressive in every way. It’s the future!”

The third of the voestalpine European Races starts on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.

 

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Electrical steel from voestalpine creates mobility https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/mobility/automotive-en/electrical-steel-from-voestalpine-creates-mobility/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/mobility/automotive-en/electrical-steel-from-voestalpine-creates-mobility/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 10:33:16 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93591 Modern electromobility requires highly effective electrical steel.
Do you know what makes this steel strip so special? And did you know that voestalpine is one of the top European suppliers in this sector with isovac®?

 

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Electromobility requires two output components on the drive side: batteries—and electric motors with electrical steel strip. These thin steel strips form the heart of the motors and largely determine their efficiency. With its isovac® and backlack-v® products, voestalpine is one of the top suppliers in this core area of electromobility.

High demand for electrical steel

Electrical steel has never before set so much in motion as it does today, and never before has so much of it been needed. Depending on the size and type of drive motor (battery-powered or hybrid vehicle), between 10 and 100 kg of electrical steel are used to produce it, including the residues from stamping. Considering that electric vehicles sales could reach 14 million by 2025, as concluded by “The role of steel in electromobility” study by Handelsblatt Research Institute on behalf of voestalpine (HRI study), it is easy to imagine the demand scenarios. Industry experts expect a five-fold increase in the demand for electrical steel used to power electric cars over the next five years. By 2040, this should increase to 20-fold.

What makes electrical steel so special?

Looking at it, there is nothing spectacular about electrical steel strip—it is flat rolled steel that is stacked to form laminated electrical steel packages to ensure efficient operation of the electric motor. It is the physical properties of this soft magnetic material that make it special. Such materials are especially easy to magnetize (experts speak of high permeability). Simply put, they can amplify magnetic fields.

Another special property of electrical steel is its high specific electrical resistance. The significance of this property is seen in the functioning of the electric motor. When the polarity of the magnetic field between its stator and rotor is constantly changed, not all the transmitted energy is converted into motion. Part of the energy is lost as heat, the remagnetization (heat) loss. Electromobility has special requirements in this regard. In a household vacuum cleaner, for example, the polarity changes 50 times a second (50 Hertz). In an electric car, it changes at least 400 times a second. In order to reduce the associated heat loss, electrical steel is alloyed with silicon, which increases its electrical resistance.

But caution is required. Too much silicon lowers the cold formability of electrical steel. The skill of manufacturers lies both in selecting the appropriate amount of the alloying agent and in special production technology.

"At voestalpine, our many years of expertise have resulted in our isovac® electrical steel having the best properties for electromobility. isovac® is highly permeable, offers excellent stamping properties, and exhibits minimal magnetization losses."
Christian Schreiner, Sales Manager Electrical Industry, voestalpine Stahl GmbH

Backlack finishing

The surface of electrical steel is also very special. Individual layers are stacked to produce packages and must be electrically isolated from each other. After the last metallurgical treatment, the strip is coated with a micrometer thin layer of varnish.

In order to manufacture electrical steel packages efficiently, this layer can consist of a backlack that insulates and, after being heated for a short time, fully joins the individual lamination stacks over the entire surface. This eliminates the need for mechanical joining and welding, which can adversely affect the magnetic properties.

With backlack-v®, voestalpine Stahl GmbH has developed a unique product. As Christian Schreiner points out: “isovac® electrical steel coated with our backlack-v® provides great advantages for series production of electric cars. It quickly and cleanly joins the individual laminations and requires a lower temperature and less pressure for curing, effectively shortening production cycles.

More information: http://www.voestalpine.com/isovac

 

A myriad of electrical steel applications in electric vehicles

A myriad of electrical steel applications in electric vehicles

 

Visit us at CWIEME 2019 in Berlin! 21-23 May, Hall 2.2, stand D21

 

 

 

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Review of an eventful Formula E weekend in Paris https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/career/employees/review-of-an-eventful-formula-e-weekend-in-paris/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/career/employees/review-of-an-eventful-formula-e-weekend-in-paris/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 09:10:06 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93526 The day had finally come, and our Super Fan Tobias Wolfmayr had made it to Paris to see the Formula E race in person. This article describes what he experienced there and what fascinated him the most.

 

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On Friday, 26 April, my partner and I flew to Paris from Vienna. We were accompanied by members of Group Communications and influencers who were responsible for external reporting. After a short stop at the hotel, we went straight to the race track: The special thing about all-electric racing is that the courses wind through the middle of cities and lead past some famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, an attraction that was almost always in plain sight. Many have said that you can compare the Formula E race with a sightseeing trip. 😉 The track itself, also known as the Circuit des Invalides (named for a home built in the 1700s and used as an infirmary for soldiers injured during the war ), I’ve been told is one of the shortest tracks (1.9 km) of the entire Formula E season.

Behind the scenes

Once we arrived at the race track, we were privileged to get some amazing glimpses behind the scenes. After visiting the media center, a meeting point for the journalists (all of whom were raving about the atmosphere in Paris), we were permitted to have a close-up look at the pit lane. Here we met Belgian Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne (from the HWA Racelab team), who was nice enough be in some pictures with us and chat with us for a while. When I asked him if he was nervous, he stayed cool and simply said no. He said he was actually looking forward to the race. In light of the ranking, you can imagine that his pulse must have been racing even though he remained so calm.

It’s Race Day!

To start the rest of the day off right, we enjoyed a big breakfast, something the French call petit-déjeuner. Our next activity on the day’s agenda was a visit to the Tour Montparnasse (200 meters high), which we climbed to the top to enjoy a wonderful bird’s-eye view of the city and the race track. This is where we were able to see how the weather would be playing a decisive role during the day. The influencers also enjoyed the views as their SLR cameras clicked away without stopping. ;-)!

We had to hurry back to the race track because time was running short, and there were still many things for us to do. Qualifying began at 11:45 a.m., and Pascal Wehrlein of the Mahindra Racing team posted the best qualifying time, but his excitement was short-lived because he had to start in last position because of a rule violation. The thing that really made us happy was that Max Günther, a driver who had already participated in the presentation of the Gen2 car in Linz, started the race in fifth position.

After qualifying had completed, we made good use of the time until the race to visit the E Village, a special experience with festival character. Various stations in the E Village presented the latest innovations in e-mobility, and visitors were given the opportunity to try the innovations out with simulators. The culinary delights were enjoyed in a place called the Taste Zone.

Afterwards we made our way to the grandstand, where we had a very good view of the race and where we let everyone around us know how excited we were. Formula E celebrated a premiere at this E-Prix: It was the first rainy race in the history of the racing series that began in 2014. According to the experts, this was the most exciting race because of the weather, rain that alternated with sunshine, hail and stormy winds.

As in the previous races of the season (seven winners in seven races), a new winner emerged in the eighth race: Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) of the Netherlands took the podium followed by André Lotterer (DS Techeetah) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Stoffel Vandoorne took place 20 out of 22. Hopefully we didn’t distract him too much from his preparations with our photo session. 😉

Exciting racing weekend

This was the first Formula E race that I have ever been able to witness first-hand. It was especially interesting to me to have a glimpse behind the scenes. I had the impression that the drivers were not only competitors on a racetrack but colleagues from the perspective of new technology. I felt like we were driving technology forward together.

Thanks to voestalpine for an opportunity to witness this Formula E race, for the time I was able to spend with the influencers and for the outstanding French cuisine. I enjoyed it all very much!

 

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Paris: a spectacle in the rain. “Formula E is the hardest thing to drive!” https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/formula-e/paris-a-spectacle-in-the-rain-formula-e-is-the-hardest-thing-to-drive/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/formula-e/paris-a-spectacle-in-the-rain-formula-e-is-the-hardest-thing-to-drive/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:29:09 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93381 Paris is the perfect example of an ideal location for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and voestalpine European Races. The atmosphere in the heart of the city with all its historic buildings, paired with the view of the Eiffel Tower, is both wonderful and exciting. However, the dreadful weather conditions were a new challenge, at times with torrential rain, light hail and a storm.

 

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“No other racing car in the world is harder to drive than a Formula E car in such conditions,” says Andre Lotterer who is currently leading the field in the battle for the voestalpine European Races trophy. Meanwhile the key feature of Formula E continues to be variation: the eighth race of the season brought home the eighth new winner. Each (!) one of these races has been won by a national of a different country. The stories from Paris.

Robin Frijns wins–and goes into the lead

The first win for Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is remarkable for several reasons: not only did he win the first (!) official wet race in the history of the E-Prix (53 races to date), he simultaneously took over the lead in the hard fought driver championship rankings. Five races before the end of the season, there are still 145 points up for grabs, and, after trailing in eight races, Frijns now leads with 81 points, ahead of Andre Lotterer (DS TECHEETAH Formula E Team). After the race next weekend, nine drivers could lead the championship rankings mathematically, and all (!) drivers still theoretically have a chance of winning the title. The current leader has roughly half as many points as Jean-Eric Vergne when he led the field during this phase last year. That shows just how many different drivers have achieved top placings, and what an evenly matched championship this is. Plus, with Envision Virgin Racing, it’s a customer team in the championship lead. They are (just) ahead of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, their own manufacturer’s works team. In almost no other race series do private teams roll to the start with such a fair chance of winning.

Andre Lotterer

Andre Lotterer

All you need to know about the winners in Paris

This season 27-year old Robin Frijns is the only driver racing in both Formula E and the DTM. Curiously, in the ABB FIA Formula E he drives for Envision Virgin Racing, the customer team of Audi, while in the DTM, the German Touring Car Masters, he’s a test driver for the Audi works team. Right from his childhood, Frijns has always been regarded as particularly talented, with Toto Wolff seeing in him one of the “best in the world in his age group”. In 2010 he won the European Formula BMW, in 2011 the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocups, and in 2012 the Formula Renault 3.5. He consistently secures points, while at the same time is noted as one of the bravest and most daring drivers on the current scene. So it’s no mistake that it was during the bold race in rain and storm through the narrow Parisian streets that he managed to secure his maiden victory.

Lotterer on the huge challenge of Formula E in the rain

Worldwide, almost no drivers are familiar with as many different series as German competitor Andre Lotterer (37, DS TECHEETAH). He’s the winner of the Le Mans, a WEC World Champion, a superstar in Japan, and a tried-and-test Formula One driver. That makes the statement he issued following the race in the Parisian rain the answer to our question about comparing a rain race in Formula E with one in the Le Mans, Suzuka, or Spa:

"Believe it or not, Formula E is definitely the hardest series to drive, even when it’s dry. When you race in other categories, like in the Le Mans at 350 km/h, it’s still very simple because these cars have grip. Here, however, you’re praying for your life–every time you touch the brakes. It’s a totally challenging sport. I think that’s what makes Formula E truly unpredictable."
Andre Lotterer

There’s always a next race: penalties for three drivers

The next highlight of the voestalpine European Races in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship comes as early as next week when the drivers will race in Monaco on (a part of) the world’s most famous city circuit. But following incidents and penalty points, three drivers will start the race with a handicap, being pushed back three places on the grid:
Edoardo Mortara, for causing a collision with Alex Lynn, Jerome D’Ambrosio, for colliding with Sam Bird, and Nissan e.dams rookie Oliver Rowland, for ending Alexander Sims’ race hopes.

The third of the voestalpine European Races starts in Monaco, on May 11, 2019.

Andre Lotterer

Current Leader of the voestalpine European Races: Andre Lotterer

 

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High-tech solutions at bauma, the world’s leading construction machinery trade fair https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/innovation-en/high-tech-solutions-at-bauma-the-worlds-leading-construction-machinery-trade-fair/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/innovation-en/high-tech-solutions-at-bauma-the-worlds-leading-construction-machinery-trade-fair/#respond Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:49:14 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93250 Spread over an exhibition area of 614,000 m², and attracting more than 620,000 visitors, bauma 2019 was once again an outstanding event. From April 8 to 14, 2019, international construction machinery, construction materials machinery, mining equipment, construction vehicles, and construction equipment specialists met in Munich. Amongst the exhibitors were five voestalpine companies on a shared stand who demonstrated their service and product portfolios.

 

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Around 3,700 exhibitors from 63 countries and regions presented international trade visitors with notable innovations in the construction machine industry. voestalpine was represented by five companies from two divisions who demonstrated their service and product portfolios in the crane and construction machinery, safety cab, construction and formwork construction sectors. Innovative materials and production technologies were shown to the international trade visitors at the joint stand.

Augmented Reality & Welding Calculator app

One of the highlights was the Augmented Reality app which offers users digital access to a realistic presentation of the comprehensive service portfolio. Visitors were also introduced to the Welding Calculator app. This smart app makes complex welding applications significantly easier for customers. It offers planning support and helps optimize welding tasks by calculating cooling-down times, preheat temperature, and determining the quantities of welding fillers required:

Steel Division

Metal Forming

Infografics bauma

It was once again the trade fair team that contributed to making this a successful event for voestalpine, not just by presenting the latest technologies and comprehensive product portfolio, but also by engaging in fruitful talks and creating a welcoming atmosphere at the stand.

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The voestalpine European Race in the capital of motorsport https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/formula-e/the-voestalpine-european-race-in-the-capital-of-motorsport/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/formula-e/the-voestalpine-european-race-in-the-capital-of-motorsport/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 09:51:58 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93221 Hot on the heels of the extremely successful voestalpine European Races debut in Rome, part of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and the first ever win by Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Mitch Evans, comes the next highlight: on Saturday, April 27, the championship will be run in motorsport’s secret capital.

 

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For Paris is home both to the world motorsport federation FIA, and to current champion Jean-Eric Vergne. Paris is the prime example of a perfect Formula E circuit: right in the city center, and with an incredible view of several of the city’s landmarks. The race fans are really excited: will the eighth race bring the impossible, with another first season win for the eighth different team in a row? It would be one of the biggest sensations in the history of motorsport. The key facts.

Notre Dame fire: even so, Paris is ready for the race.

On Monday last week the world looked in horror on Paris. The fire which consumed Notre Dame Cathedral was a shock to many. But it isn’t a hurdle to the race being run. The very short 1.92 km circuit leads past the Dôme des Invalides.

Rennstrecke Paris

An image that Jean-Eric Vergne will never forget.

Current champion Jean-Eric Vergne loves the races in his home city. “Where else can you see the Eiffel Tower during the race, and walk to the start?” He describes his victory here last year, “as the most emotional win of my career.”

Home game for DS TECHEETAH.

In the likewise extremely hard-fought battle for the team championship, DS TECHEETAH has extended its lead. For the current teams championship leaders, this is the first race in Paris since the Chinese started cooperating with French automotive group DS Automobiles. DS driver Andre Lotterer is already in third place in the driver rankings, and, like Robin Frijns, Lotterer has a chance to win the title although he hasn’t won a race to date. That confirms Antonio Felix da Costa’s theory that, “consistently winning points is the key to securing the championship title.”

Mitch Evans leads the voestalpine European Races rankings.

New Zealander Mitch Evans entered the Formula E history books in Rome, both because he won the first voestalpine European Race ever run, and because his first Formula E victory was simultaneously the first for Jaguar in an international race since 1991. It’s no surprise that Evans is still smiling: “We simply worked really well over the past weeks.” His most important mentor is Mark Webber who guided him to Europe to race in junior motorsport in 2011. He was also one of the fans present in Rome to cheer at Evans’ victory. Incidentally, the 24-year old comes from the same pool of juniors as Brendon Hartley and Scott Dixon.

Good news for Austria: Maxi Günther will be at the start again.

Maximillian Günther’s intermittently strong performances are having an impact on his Formula E comeback in Rome. Born in Allgäu and holding both a German and Austrian passport, Günther will now be allowed to start in Paris for the GEOX Dragon Racing team. Felipe Nasr, who stood in for Günther for the races in Hong Kong and Sanya, is currently preparing for the next race in the American IMSA series. It has not yet been decided which of the two will drive in the remaining E-Prix races this season.

An eighth winning team in the eighth race?

Quite honestly, it should be unimaginable. Is it possible that, again, in the eighth race of the season, there will be another new team driving home to victory? It would be a uniquely varied outcome in motorsport. Yet only four teams are left still waiting for their first win, at least in this season. However, they include Nissan e.dams, a team who could be expected to win at any time. The precursor team, Renault e.dams, is the most successful team in Formula E history, and driver Sebastian Buemi is the record winner in Formula E, having won 15 races to date. Fellow driver Oliver Rowland has also put in several impressive performances recently. It would appear that either driver could win at any time. Others also waiting for their first win of the season include the NIO Formula E Team, HWA RACELAB (most recently with Stoffel Vandoorne on the podium in Rome), and GEOX Dragon Racing.

The second of the voestalpine European Races starts on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 16:00.

To the voestalpine Formula E site

 

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New material concepts for electromobility https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/mobility/new-material-concepts-for-electromobility/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/zh-hans/mobility/new-material-concepts-for-electromobility/#respond Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:44:38 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93154 As a result of the electromobility trend, the demands placed on modern automotive lightweight construction are having an impact on material selection. With its consistent focus on research and development, and the networking of material and processing expertise across the Group, voestalpine is developing new material concepts on an ongoing basis.

 

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Lightweight construction has been a key consideration in automotive manufacturing for over 20 years. The focus lies on achieving the optimum balance between vehicle weight and engine performance. Lighter components lower the vehicle weight, which in turn reduces the necessary drive power, and allow electric vehicles to run on smaller batteries—or to retain battery size but benefit from extended vehicle range.
Consequently, there is demand for materials which weigh less while offering at least the same level of function, especially for safety-relevant components. That makes lightweight construction a key consideration in the automotive industry, both as a means of increasing the efficiency of conventionally powered vehicles and for electromobility.

Lightweight material combinations

One approach is multi-material solutions in which a variety of materials are optimally combined according to their properties. Such hybrid materials can combine the strength of steel with the lightness of another material, for example. Now, thanks to the production expertise of voestalpine specialists, one such combination is finding its way into vehicles designed for series production:

"To date the high-tech synthesis of high-strength steel and long-fiber-reinforced plastic has required several steps, as both plastic and metal had to be formed prior to being joined. Now we can form and combine in a single process step—a groundbreaking, cost-reducing achievement."
Harald Schwinghammer, project manager in Research & Development in the Metal Forming Division

A hybrid part of this type has the same rigidity as a pure steel part whilst being 30% lighter.
Less than a decade ago, voestalpine introduced the steel-aluminium blank to the market, an innovation which demonstrated the potential offered by steel-based composites.

Werkstoffkonzepten in die Elektromobilität

Share of high-strength steels growing

As a material, steel itself is constantly opening up new options in lightweight construction. According to the Handelsblatt Research Institute study commissioned by voestalpine into the role of steel in electromobility, of all the steel used in vehicle production, the proportion of high-strength steels will grow from its current level of 18 percent to 30 percent.
Researchers at voestalpine Stahl GmbH are also driving this trend with their materials expertise. AHSS, or Advanced High-Strength Steel, plays a key role in this field. For example, as their name suggests, dual and complex phase steels consist of different phases, i.e., tiny crystal lattices which can be created within the steel by means of targeted heat treatments. They give the material high and ultra-high levels of strength.

voestalpine high-ductility steels

“We have further improved conventional AHSS through changes to the microstructure design: in addition to extreme toughness and an excellent crash performance, the HD (High Ductility) versions have much better forming properties,” says Thomas Hebesberger, Head of Research at voestalpine Stahl GmbH, presenting these advances. This makes AHSS HD steels particularly suited to meeting the demands of vehicle manufacturers. “In order to better satisfy the demands of our automotive customers, one of our research focuses lies in improving the weldability of our AHSS high-ductility,” says Hebesberger, highlighting current developments.

Taken together, improved steel materials with strengths of up to 1,800 megapascals and the relevant advanced joining processes offer improved crash performance. But it’s not only these properties which are likely to please drivers; they also contribute to lowering vehicle costs, and improving recyclability.

Cost efficiency as a factor

All over the world, OEMs are looking for more lightweight construction solutions. Yet because of cost, aluminium, magnesium, titanium, and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFK) are usually limited to special edition models. But even here manufacturers are reconsidering: BMW, for example, will be constructing its model i5 in steel and light alloys from 2021, rather than using carbon as in the i3. With its innovative material concepts, voestalpine is excellently positioned to serve the dynamic automotive industry market.

Werkstoffkonzepten in die Elektromobilität

 

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