The need to reduce and control environmental
vibration and noise pollution in European and other urban and industrial
areas is now beyond question. This project provides imaginative
solutions in the socially relevant area of heavy loads vibration
using promising high-tech developments in the field of magnetics.
Partners in this project have combined sophisticated
electronics and the innovative use of magnetostrictive materials
in a high-energy actuator which they believe can replace conventional
mechanical vibration-reducing systems. These would include springs
and other shock-absorbing mechanisms.
While the potential environmental implications
are clear, partners believe the new development will also lead to
a reduction of material fatigue in heavy machinery and increased
personal comfort when applied in such areas as automobile seats
The probability of commercial success is high, putting European
producers in a strong position in a potentially important high-tech
market of the future.