Project partners - Universities
RWTH Aachen (ika + vka) (Germany)
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule RWTH, Aachen
The University of Aachen was founded in 1870 with considerable support from local industry. Today the University is organised in 9 Faculties,
260 Institutes and about 170 laboratories for special research areas. RWTH Aachen has 11,000 employees and more than 30,000 students.
The Faculty of mechanical engineering consists of 29 Institutes with different areas of specialisation. The technical areas reach from basic
research of mechanics and material science to aeronautics, lightweight construction, turbo machinery, internal combustion engines, textile
technology and biological processing technology.
In the faculty for mechanical engineering the Institute of Combustion Engines (Lehrstuhl für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen Aachen, VKA)
headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger and the Institute for automotive applications (Institut für Kraftfahrwesen, ika) headed by Prof.
Dr.-Ing. Henning Wallentowitz are located.
Institut für Kraftfahrwesen der RWTH Aachen (RWTH Aachen - ika)
The Institut für Kraftfahrwesen Aachen (ika) deals mainly with automotive applications in both, teaching and research.
ika’s activities are tailored to industrial demands and comprise the departments chassis, body, drivetrain, acoustics, electronics and
traffic. Vehicle concepts are developed in overlapping projects starting from the idea to the concept, simulation, design, prototyping, and
testing. ika has contacts with vehicle and supplier industry world-wide, and co-operates in many different projects. The modern institutes increasingly
link to research projects with development tasks that have to be financed by third party funding. Therefore, ika’s equipment allows in
principle the kind of work done in the automotive and supplier industry.
In particular, ika has more than 25 years experience in hybrid, electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicle technology. EU funded projects in the
field of hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles in which ika was and is presently involved are: INMOVE (BRITE/EURAM 3, FP4), MATADOR (NNE-JOULE
C, FP4), SUVA (Growth, FP5), FUERO (EESD, FP5), ELMAS (EESD. FP5), FUEVA (EESD, FP5) and HyTRAN (TREN-1, FP6).
Institute for Combustion engines of RWTH Aachen (RWTH Aachen - VKA)
The Institute of Combustion Engines VKA employs about 30 engineers who intend to complete their thesis in regard of reaching a 'Dr.-Ing.'
degree. Furthermore many non-scientific employees work in laboratory, computer, mechanical shop, administration and organisation areas.
Student workers are employed, too. The total number of employees at the institute is about 145.
VKA has 23 fully equipped test benches for power train research and development, one chassis dynamometer and a highly dynamic transient
test cell which is qualified for acoustic investigations.
Basic research and application-oriented research projects are conducted
at VKA in regard of power trains with special emphasis on combustion engines,
fuel cells and hybrids.
The Institute works on this field since more than 50 years. With a view to international cooperation VKA is involved in collaborative
projects, which are financed by the European Community and European automotive companies. In particular the EU projects EST, NFCCPP,
VCR, ATECS, D-ULEV, LOTUS (all FP5), ADVACO (FP4) and several industry and government funded projects.