Automotive Engineering

The foci of work in the FKFS field of automotive engineering are located in the areas of vehicle aerodynamics and thermal management, automotive technology and driving dynamics as well as vehicle acoustics and vibrations. The institute operates one of the best state-of-the-art aeroacoustic full-scale vehicle wind tunnels in the world with road driving simulation provided by a 5-belt system as well as a 1:4/1:5-scale model wind tunnel and a thermal wind tunnel. With decades of experience in operating own wind tunnels, FKFS provides competent consulting on wind tunnel technology and corresponding training courses.

Additional and extremely powerful test benches and various special instrument vehicles allow the investigation of cooling, performance and soiling and investigations concerning driving dynamics and vehicle acoustics. State-of-the-art simulation procedures are also being applied.

Public, customer-financed and internally-financed research activities as well as direct integration into teaching activities of the Universität Stuttgart complement the tasks of this field. Profound scientific and technical know-how, access to all university resources and the experience from current research services for the automotive industry guarantee our customers an effective and goal-oriented processing of their projects. Total confidentiality is assured in all projects.

Overview of the departments and department heads

Wind Tunnel Operation Dipl.-Ing. Armin Michelbach    
Model-Scale Wind Tunnel and Wind Tunnel Technology Dr.-Ing. Felix Wittmeier    
Vehicle Aerodynamics and Thermal Management Dipl.-Ing. Nils Widdecke    
Vehicle Acoustics and Vibration Dr. rer. nat. Reinhard Blumrich    
Automotive Technology and Driving Dynamics Dr.-Ing. Jens Neubeck    
Interdisciplinary Projects and High Performance Computing Dr.-Ing. Timo Kuthada    

Member of the board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wagner

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