Transport Technology

With its research activities, the Institute of Transport Technology is mainly involved in the profile areas of vehicle and drive technology, lightweight construction and functional materials as well as modelling and simulation. The main topics are listed in the following overview. For further information, please also visit the pages of the chairs of the institute.

Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
(Professor Dr.-Ing. C. Egbers)

  • Aerodynamics and Experimental Technology
  • Aircraft engine / wing interaction
  • Rotating and geophysically motivated currents
  • Fluid physics experiments under gravity-free conditions
  • Particle flows and foam dynamics
  • Development of flow diagnostic methods
  • Particle measurement technology, miniaturised flow measurement technology

Chair of Vehicle Technology and Drives
(Professor Dr.-Ing. P. Steinberg)

  • Thermal management of powertrain, transmission and complete vehicle
  • Lubricant circuits in internal combustion engines
  • Interaction of Driver/Vehicle/Environment
  • Simulation of cooling system and complete engine
  • Emissions generation, combustion diagnostics, engine technology

Chair of Aircraft Engine Design
(Prof. Dr.-Ing. K. Höschler)

  • Engine installation and integration
  • Structure of the overall engine
  • Design methodology
  • Costs and construction
  • Design of safe and reliable systems
  • Multifunctional integration of components

 Chair of Numerical Flow Modelling
(Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Schmidt)

  • Modelling and simulation of turbulent flows

Chair of Structural Mechanics and Vehicle Vibrations
(Professor Dr.-Ing. A. Kühhorn)

  • Continuum mechanics, especially large deformations, stability problems, material non-linearities, contact
  • Lightweight construction, in particular design and failure behaviour of fibre composite structures and sandwich structures
  • Numerical simulation of structure-mechanical issues and coupled phenomena (fluid-structure interaction) by means of FEM and CFD
  • Numerical simulation of structural-dynamic problems
  • Vibration measurement technology
  • Topology and parameter optimisation

Chair of Technical Acoustics
(Professor Dr.-Ing. E. Sarradj)

  • Blade noise analysis
  • Investigation of sound generated by bodies surrounded by flow
  • Analysis of high-frequency structure-borne sound propagation
  • Sound measurement technique, in particular microphone array method

Chair of Engineering Mechanics and Vehicle Dynamics
(Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Dieter Bestle)

  • Modelling and simulation of dynamic systems on the basis of multi-body dynamics
  • Experimental and numerical investigation of linear and nonlinear oscillations
  • Model validation and parameter identification
  • Multidisciplinary simulation and multi-criteria optimisation
  • Hardware-in-the-loop simulation and optimisation of mechatronic systems
  • Improved design methods for aircraft engines through process integration and optimisation

Chair of Internal Combustion Engines and Aircraft Propulsion
(Professor Dr.-Ing. H. P. Berg)

  • Development of highly effective hybrid energy converters
  • Development and design of aerodynamic air bearings for microturbine systems
  • Further development of internal and external cooling processes for turbine blade cooling
  • Simulation of fuel carburetion and combustion in piston engines
  • Measurement of combustion processes in gas turbine combustion chambers and vehicle engines
  • Heat exchanger technology in aircraft engines and decentralised power generation systems (CHP)

Numerical calculation and experimental investigation of novel concepts for engine combustion chambers