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Hot gas test bench
The impact of the overall system in combustion engine cars needs to be examined with regard to the exhaust energy recovery systems developed at the Institute of Vehicle Concepts during experimental research on such systems. The Institute of Vehicle Concepts has a complex test bench for experimental simulation for all relevant system components.
Component and Sample Testing
Machines for quasi-static and dynamic loading are available for testing samples and small components. Samples can also be climate controlled over prolonged cycle time intervals.
The research area Lightweight and Hybrid Design Methods created the Concept LAB, a state of the art work surrounding for the employment of developing methods and for working on projects more efficiently and optimized in their processes.
Dynamic component test facility – crash facility
The Institute of Vehicle Concepts has developed and set up a crash facility in co-operation with Doktor Steffan Datentechnik GmbH, which enables the testing of large components and substructures. Setting up a complete body is thus unnecessary. These component and assembly tests can confirm computation results of structures in early development phases. The flexible structure of the dynamic component test facility enables crash tests to be adjusted exactly to the customer's needs.
The lightweight and hybrid design methods research field concerns itself with classical and novel joining technologies for vehicle structures in multi-material design. A large repertoire of devices for mechanical and adhesive-related joining methods is available. Among other things, there are robots for direct bolting, punch riveting, clinching, clinch rivets, and bolt driving.
The lightweight and hybrid design methods research field concerns itself with the topic of corrosion protection for automobile and rail vehicle construction. The avoidance of contact, gap, and stress-crack corrosion poses a particular challenge especially at the joints of vehicle structures in multi-material design.
Simulation and calculation cluster
The Institute uses several of the CASE2 cluster's nodes for component simulation and overall vehicle crash computation. Various overall vehicle crash computations can be executed simultaneously within a few hours with its help. Individual institutes' load peaks can be compensated through shared use of the cluster with other institutes, and computing power can be made available as needed.
A span with hydraulic test cylinders is available for mechanical investigations. Static load tests or, by applying load changes, service life investigations can be conducted with it. Various test cylinders with maximum forces of 25 kN, 100 kN, and 250 kN and a lift of up to 1000 mm are available. These can also be operated synchronously in order to apply multi-axis loads.
Four-engine All-wheel Roller Rig with Climate Control and Exhaust Analysis
An excellently equipped system for developing new propulsion concepts is available to engineers at the Institute of Vehicle Concepts. The climate controllable all-wheel roller rig with exhaust analysis is designed for passenger motor vehicles of all classes as well as small transporters. With its variety of functions, it is considered unique worldwide. The test rig is intended to be shared with the automobile industry.
Prüfeinrichtungen am Institut für Fahrzeugkonzepte (0.35 MB)
Crashanlage (0.25 MB)
Klimarollenprüfstand (0.55 MB)
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