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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.
DLR Scenario Lab
Die techno-ökonomische und ökologische Bewertung der zukünftigen Entwicklung umfasst die Aspekte Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft, Umwelt, Technologie, Politik und Infrastruktur. Die Basis der Bewertung bildet das wissenschaftlich fundierte Fahrzeugtechnik-Szenariomodell VECTOR21.
Dynamic High Strain Component Test Facility – Crash Test Facility
In addition to novel vehicle concepts, the research field ‘Lightweight and Hybrid Design Methods’ is also developing new technologies in the area of body in white (BIW) development. Predominantly material combinations and concepts, for which no validated computation methodology yet exists, are being tested to develop or improve the simulation model or the test method.
Die fortschreitende Elektrifizierung des Antriebsstranges von Automobilen und Zügen bedingt tiefgehende Untersuchungen des Antriebs unter Berücksichtigung der jeweiligen Randbedingungen und Einsatzszenarien.
The research field lightweight and hybrid design methods concerns itself with classical and novel joining technologies for vehicle structures in multi material design. A large repertoire of devices for mechanical joining and adhesive bonding methods is available. There is equipment for flow drill screwing, self-piercing riveting, clinching, clinch riveting, and High-speed joining by bolts.
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.
The research field ‘lightweight and hybrid design methods’ concerns itself with the topic of corrosion protection for automobile and rail vehicle construction. The avoidance of galvanic corrosion, crevice corrosion, and stress corrosion cracking poses a particular challenge especially at the joints of vehicle structures in multi material design.
Simulation and calculation cluster
The Institute uses several nodes of the CASE2 cluster for component and overall vehicle crash simulation. Various overall vehicle crash simulations 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.
Static Load Test Facility
A static load test facility 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 maximum displacement of up to 1000 mm are available. These can also be operated simultaneously in order to apply multi-axis loads.
Thermal high-performance storage for vehicle application
A generally known problem for electric vehicles is the range reduction during winter months. The implementation of high-performance thermal storage units offers an attractive solution to provide the thermal energy for interior heating and increase range in winter term conditions. Current research topics are the investigation of the overall system and of the subsystems. This includes the analysis of the storage material and the heat transport between the thermal energy storage and the cooling fluid of the vehicle.
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 (0.5 MB)
Crashanlage (0.25 MB)
DLR Scenario Lab (0.23 MB)
Elektromotorenprüfstand (0.3 MB)
Klimarollenprüfstand (0.84 MB)
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