Automotive Engineering

KFZB Test Center

The chair of automotive engineering has numerous experimental testing facilities at its disposal, works with various numerical simulation tools, and uses test vehicles with comprehensive measurement technology.

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Crash test facility

The hydraulically driven system can accelerate a mass of more than 1100 kg to 100 km/h (2000 kg to 72 km/h) in a controlled manner on a run-up track of 75 m. Tests can be carried out with passenger cars, small trucks, two-wheelers and test sleds. Frontal, rear and side impacts with all common barriers as well as pedestrian and two-wheeled impacts can be performed.

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Dynamic driving simulator

The dynamic driving simulator of the department enables the driving behavior and steering feel to be experienced already in an early phase of the product development process by means of a motion platform, a state-of-the-art 180° visualization and the use of a real vehicle with highly dynamic, active force feedback for steering wheel and pedals. It thus offers very good opportunities for studies up to the dynamic limits.

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Vertical test bench

The hydraulic four stamp system can be used to analyze the vertical vibration behavior of vehicles. It is possible to perform objective and subjective ride comfort evaluations or to evaluate damping and suspension characteristics. Furthermore, chassis control systems can be developed and evaluated.

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Vehicle-in-the-loop test bench

The highly dynamic Vehicle-in-the-Loop test bench (ViL test bench) enables the investigation, analysis and development of powertrain, chassis control systems, energy management concepts and automated driving functions of current and future motor vehicles. The ViL test bench can be used to investigate prototype powertrains as well as complete test or production vehicles (combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles).

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Model vehicles

As a key research platform, the scaled test vehicle (1:10 scale) enables efficient pre-development of algorithms across the entire solution pipeline from environmental awareness and localization to trajectory planning and tracking, as well as advanced AI algorithms for automated driving through rapid prototyping with necessary hardware and software components.

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Model vehicle laboratory

The department's own test track for scaled vehicles (scale 1:10) can be used to test and optimize automated driving functions. The test track, with a footprint of 10 m x 10 m, has intersections, parking lanes, a long straight and an S-curve.

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Measuring vehicles

The chair of Automotive Engeneering has measurement vehicles with which all relevant transverse and longitudinal dynamic motion variables as well as all driver input variables can be recorded.


Steering test bench

The Steering-in-the-Loop test bench is suitable for the development and testing of all steering types in the passenger car sector for all design-relevant load cases. The steering test bench can be used "in-the-loop" via the connection to the IPG vehicle dynamics simulation program CarMaker. This enables automated, structured and highly reproducible analyses of the steering in the virtual complete vehicle.

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AICON measuring system

The ProCam system from the manufacturer AICON is used for the purpose of spatial determination of coordinates of individual points, or for manual generation of point clouds. The simplicity of the system's design and measurement methodology is one of its advantages.