Energy Management and Drivetrains

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One of our main fields of research traditionally is the development of conventional and alternative power trains. The development within this sector will continue to play an important role as the need for reduced environmental pollution, caused by automotive traffic is steadily rising. To satisfy this requirement, it is necessary to optimise already existing systems and moreover to develop systems with promising future concepts.

Searching for novel and optimized power trains we do not only consider conventional aspects such as energy consumption and emissions, but also focus on the customers’ requirements. Aspects like power and mobility enhancement, active safety, cost reduction and comfort increase are important factors to make up a drivers’ opinion.

We use modern development tools from the conception phase to the testing of in house made prototypes or customer prototypes in order to explore the world of energy and thermal management. One major aspect is the efficient transformation and storage of various forms of energy, for example when designing and building safe and highly efficient battery systems. Drive train architectures combining several energy converter and storage systems offer room for innovations by using intelligent and anticipatory operation strategy.

Special utility value analysis methods, which were developed by our engineers for our special purposes, are very useful for the definition of new concepts and help us to sort out optimum approaches to specific issues. In order to research sustainable solutions, our approaches regard different scenarios, based on middle- and long-term future developments.


Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
RWTH Aachen University

Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany

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