History

In 1971, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulf Essers was appointed to the Chair of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines of the University of Stuttgart and Director of the FKFS. In addition to his teaching and research activities, he devoted his time to planning and building a new institute on the university campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. The new facilities were completed in 1978 and expanded in 1988 by a model wind tunnel and a full-scale wind tunnel. Professor Essers established the new main research topic »Noise Reduction in Motor Vehicles and Engines«. Besides numerous projects on the reduction of engine and tire noise, a number of noise-reduced commercial vehicles were developed and produced. New and state-of-the-art engine test benches were equipped with the corresponding measurement technology and formed the basis for a successful research on engines while concentrating on the use of alternative fuels. In 1993, the addition of an acoustics installation converted the vehicle wind tunnel into the most efficient aeroacoustic wind tunnel in Europe.

 

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