In the department Ground Vehicles all aspects of vehicle aerodynamics including various ventilation concepts are investigated using both experimental and numerical methods. The team Vehicles and Infrastructure focuses on determining transient aerodynamic loads on vehicles, problems encountered when high-speed trains pass through tunnels, and the development of adaptive train geometries. The Transport Systems team develops and applies concepts for predicting and measuring road and rail traffic noise, improves the aerodynamics of freight trains and develops basic methods to investigate noise generation and propagation. The team Vehicle Air-Conditioning deals with efficient cabin ventilation, thermal comfort and air quality in passenger compartments as well as with the investigation of condensation processes at different locations in the vehicle.
The following large-scale research facilities are available for our work and are continuously being improved and used within the scope of projects with our industry partners: