Fraunhofer LBF pursues and develops, both within the framework of public research projects and in bilateral partnerships, new approaches and technical solutions for vibration control to meet diverse requirements. Long-standing cooperation with a variety of industrial partners has resulted in systems, which significantly expand the spectrum of applications for vibration control equipment. Specific examples are mounting systems for sensitive equipment or optical communication over large distances.
The reduction of excitations introduced into sensitive measuring and production equipment places high demands on the solutions used. On the one hand, the vibration control elements have to be effective from a very low frequency, on the other hand, their sensors have to provide the capability of detecting even the smallest acceleration. A possible solution consists in the use of a functionally integrated bending-spring mounting element, combining structural, actuator and sensor features in a single device. Due to their modular design, several mounting elements can be flexibly combined into a network. This flexibility is further enhanced by the use of appropriate amplifier and control electronics. The effectiveness of these systems has been validated by means of integrated prototypes.