Junior Professor for Mechatronic Systems for Combustion EnginesCopyright: Michael Rennertz
On April 1, 2014, a junior professorship for "Mechatronic Systems on the Combustion Engine", sponsored by the automotive supplier KSPG, was established at RWTH Aachen University.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Andert heads this interdisciplinary and dynamic field of research, which puts a strong emphasis on software-intensive embedded systems that enable cleaner and more efficient vehicle drive systems. Access to the infrastructure of the Center for Mobile Drives enables the efficient use of synergies and direct interaction with researchers working on various topics related to mobile powertrain technology.Research focuses on electrification and hybridization, electric motors and converters for traction drives, in-cycle combustion control and possibilities of connected and autonomous mobility for the powertrain.Hardware-in-the-loop and real-time co-simulations play a key role in the development of testing and validation methods for the future vehicles, including powertrains as well as ADAS/AD systems of interacting and cooperating vehicles.
“Powertrain electrification and the use of smart components is a very promising approach for further improving efficiency and reducing emissions of combustion engines. However, the new degrees of freedom have to be calibrated and optimized carefully to tap the full potential of mechatronic systems. Holistic approaches to combine real-time simulation and component development at early stages are required to handle the rising complexity.”