The Competence Centre project, coordinated by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), has concluded with new developments.

The project, which ran from 2021-2023, was a collaboration between the University of Technology and large companies, with the collaboration of the BME's Centre for Innovation Management and Cooperation in Higher Education (FIEK).

The three-year project was linked to the key research area of the future, industrial security technology, and aimed to create a competence centre for industrial security technology that could also provide added market value for companies.

In the project, BME collaborated with major companies such as Mol, Bosch, thyssenkrupp and ZÁÉV to jointly develop competitive products and services.

Combining the scientific and economic potential of academic and industrial partners led to the joint development of valuable technologies and products, meeting both business and scientific requirements.

The results of the project include laboratories, new products, prototypes and technologies developed. The effective design and development of safety-critical operations in the project has also brought market returns, so that the innovations can be adapted to a wide range of fields," says the project's final communication.

The cooperating partners
Mol-BME: From the point of view of energy and petrochemical processes, the improvements formulated in the project put particular emphasis on enhancing sustainability and operational safety.

The project resulted in the creation of a new product prototype and a new laboratory, the MOLecoPAT laboratory. In thisindustry, direct economic benefits are derived from cost savings due to the transformation of emergency situations.

The development of new computer programmes has resulted in a more efficient management system, which benefits all levels of the company's management," said István Szabolcs Szentgyörgyi, Head of IT&Digital Downstream at MOL.

Bosch-BME: solving the challenges of developing safety-critical systems is the most critical in the automotive and transport sectors. The centre, with its complex laboratory, is able to develop solutions to improve transport safety, in particular access safety, through more accurate test procedures and models.

System-level behaviour prediction of e-mobility, increasing traffic and access safety and reducing adverse environmental impacts were also part of the project," said András Kemler, Managing Director of Technical Operations at Robert Bosch Ltd.

The Innovative Vehicle Technologies Competence Centre and Laboratory at the BME offers state-of-the-art testing facilities for students and automotive companies to work together on new innovations, automotive technologies and solutions for safe transport.

thyssenkrupp-BME: automotive development processes are subject to stringent safety standards for all safety-critical components. Within thyssenkrupp, the competence centre in Hungary is responsible for the development of electronics and software for steering systems. These ensure the functional safety of steering.

In this project, experts have developed innovative model-based methods and tools to address the challenges that arise during development, enabling safety-critical systems to be developed more efficiently while at the same time increasing the safety of the systems.

The methods developed in the project were finally applied to the development of a prototype steering system for the automotive industry," said Dr. László Naszádos, Head of University Relations.

ZÁÉV-BME: The bridge girder sub-project has been a two-way development process. Firstly, a family of bridge beams was developed, which could be produced at lower cost using existing production technology, with the development of new concrete materials, and which could be installed in large volumes in bridges for road and rail infrastructure, with a strength and reliability that met the safety level of European standards.

We have also managed the full market introduction of this by developing a design guide and obtaining the necessary product certificates for marketing.

The other development direction was the development of prototype products with higher performance, higher strength or durability requirements than conventional products and unique technological solutions that are not yet applied in the industry in the field, and which are unique in the bridge girder market both at home and abroad.

The other sub-project objective is to investigate on-site digitisation solutions and develop a digital platform for construction, as well as to improve ZÁÉV's overall digitisation processes through BIM-centric training - summarised the most important developments, said Deputy CEO József Dormán.

The Centre of Competence in Security Science and Technology project was implemented within the framework of a call for proposals of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office.
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