Europe’s first wafer factory

Europe’s first wafer factory

Europe’s first wafer factory During Monteverdi’s tenure as owner of former KRUPP Stahl Altbach, he was responsible for the design, construction and erection of Europe’s first Wafer Factory, contracted by Hitachi of Japan and built in Landshut, Bavaria. This unique structure was to be designed so that silicone crystals could be molded during a 48 hour period in completely vibration free, clean air environment. These requirements offered challenges on the type of structure to be chosen, ranging from earthquake free impacts to airplane vibration free construction. Monteverdi chose a structure that was a first of its kind in Europe, a combination of specialized truss systems with unique cross points never designed before and embedded composite construction elements. In order to obtain verification for this first of its kind structural design, he used the services of universities in Germany and Poland to perform element testings before going into fabrication of the structure. The image shows the erection process of the on-site pre-erected trusses that had a span of 50 m and a weight of 100 tons using Europe’s largest crane to lift in place. The structure was erected in the winter of 1990 /...
Cafe Luitpold dome

Cafe Luitpold dome

Cafe Luitpold dome To add to the versatility, Mr. Monteverdi¬†designed the dome for the prominent Cafe Luitpold in the heart of Munich’s vibrant...
Air bridges for Munich airport

Air bridges for Munich airport

Air bridges for Munich airport In the 1980s Monteverdi’s company, Stahlbau Technik Neckar GmbH, constructed the air bridges for the new Munich airport, MUC II, Franz Josef Strauss. The job site being about 3 km long combined with extremely tight tolerances needed along the entire length of the airport’s plane docks presented unique challenges. (click on image for...
Launchpad of Ariane 4 rocket

Launchpad of Ariane 4 rocket

Launchpad of Ariane 4 rocket In 1983, working as a consultant in the steel industry, Royce Monteverdi designed the framework for the testing launchpad for the power drive of the ARIANE 4 rocket. The rocket had been contracted to the German Research Center for Aerospace Engineering (DVFLR) in connection with ESA – European Space Agency. After completion of the design the launchpad was erected in a low mountain range of South Germany and the power drive was tested successfully. The results gained from these tests were used for the final design of the rocket...
New steel system for plant design

New steel system for plant design

New steel system for plant design From 1977 to 1981 Royce Monteverdi worked for Energie und Verfahrenstechnik GmbH (E.V.T.) in Stuttgart, Germany. During his tenure at the company he designed a new system and construction method for the supporting steel structure of large sized coal-fired power plants. The use of this method made it possible to save more than 10 percent of the steel material, which translated to savings of about 1.000 tons of steel material for an average 800 megawatt plant. The technology behind the system was validated by the University of Stuttgart. Monteverdi was honored with a company internal award for the...

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