Active research projects

Innovative mechanical characterization tests of fresh and aged battery cells and Minimodules
The objective of this scientific research project is the mechanical characterization of fresh and aged battery cells and mini-modules through innovative validation tests for numerical simulation models.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Jörg Moser
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 30.06.2021
End: 30.08.2021
21_FFG_KERB - Detection of motorcycle near miss situations
The main objective of this research project is to develop and validate a method for detecting motorcycle near miss situations based on smartphone and wearable sensor data.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Nico Erlinger
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2021
End: 29.06.2022
21_FFG_SafeLIB - Safety Aspects of Lithium-Based Tractions Batteries Including the Qualification for Second Life Applications
Lithium-ion batteries (LIB) are regarded as the key technology for battery storage and are finding an ever wider first life application as traction batteries for vehicles. Their continued use in stationary or other mobile applications ("Second Life") is becoming increasingly important for reasons of sustainability, but also for economic considerations: whether in e.g. electrical energy storage systems or in industrial trucks. In addition to many advantages, however, LIB has a not inconsiderable hazard potential (e.g. fire) regardless of the area of application. To ensure the operational safety of LIB over its entire life cycle, however, there is currently a lack of sufficiently detailed understanding and knowledge. This includes the safety-relevant evaluation and qualification, but also the improved early design of automotive LIB (A-LIB) for their reliable use ("First Life"), reuse (especially after an accident) and further use in another application area ("Second Life").
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Christian Ellersdorfer
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Martin Wilkening
Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2021
End: 30.03.2025
21_FFG_BioLIB - Biobased Multifunctional Laminates in Batteryhousings
In order to increase the range of electric vehicles, the weight of batteries must be reduced and the available space in the underbody between the subframe and the rear axle must be used in the best possible way. Aluminium as a material for battery housings has a high potential for lightweight construction, but is disadvantageous in terms of fire protection, costs and ecological footprint during production. One approach to reducing the weight, installation space and costs of batteries is functional integration, i.e. that components take over several multiphysical functions: Thermoregulation, vibration damping, impact energy dissipation, fire protection, electromagnetic shielding, ... By combining wood and steel in a battery casing, favourable structural-mechanical and thermal properties of both materials can complement each other and can therefore be exploited. The project Bio!LIB aims to demonstrate that the combination of these materials can provide (1) excellent temperature management, (2) crash performance, (3) vibration damping, (4) thermal propagation containment (at a level of state-of-the-art enclosures and beyond) in combination with (5) low costs and low weight and (6) a small ecological footprint. This is demonstrated by means of a segment (in module or cell stack size) of a battery housing. Aspects of connection, manufacturing technology, increased durability through wood modification, material separation and recycling are also investigated.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Florian Feist
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2021
End: 30.03.2024
21_EU_BreadCell - Upgrading of cellulose fibers into porous materials’ — ‘BreadCell’
BreadCell will develop a sustainable foaming method utilizing non-food wood polysaccharides to produce renewable low density energy-absorbing structural foams with ecological advantage. We propose a radically different platform technology capable of producing high porosity materials from forestbased renewables that cannot be produced by other existing scalable technologies. If successful, BreadCell foams provide a sustainable and ecological alternative to current synthetic foams.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Florian Feist
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Stefan Spirk
Assoc.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2021
End: 30.03.2025
21_IND_FitAF - Footwell interaction with the lower extremities in frontal crashes in automated vehicles
The aim of this research project is to scientifically investigate the footwell interaction of the lower extremities in frontal crashes in automated vehicles.
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Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Felix Ressi
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2021
End: 30.12.2021
21_IND_BIOFLOOR - Birch plywood
In the research project "Bio!Floor", birch plywoods are characterized mechanically, taking into account strain rate and temperature effects.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Florian Feist
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2021
End: 30.08.2021
21_IND_MSF_ENRICH - Experimental analysis of the behaviour of chassis in misues crash load cases
In this research project, the behavior of innovative suspension under specific impact loads is scientifically investigated. These analyzes provide important insights in the key-research area of the Vehicle Safety Institute "Virtual and Physical Testing".
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Stefan Smit
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2020
End: 30.12.2021
20_IND_CoHerent_P05 - Development of a certification procedure for pedestrian models
Development of a procedure to improve comparability of Human Body Model simulations in pedestrian protection assessments.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Corina Klug
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2020
End: 29.09.2021
21_IND_BATCH - Battery Charging and Discharging for defined cell aging and safety aspects
The analysis of atrificial cell aging and the influence on the battery performance is the goal of this scientific research project, as well as the safety-critical evaluation during battery cycling under extreme environmental conditions.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Jörg Moser
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2020
End: 30.12.2021
20_FFG_INTERACT - Improved holistic assessment of pedestrian protection
The aim of INTERACT is to improve the effectivity assessment of active pedestrian safety systems, which contributes to the prevention of pedestrian accidents and the reduction of injury severities.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in von mehreren TU Graz Instituten
Corina Klug
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Horst Bischof
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Arno Eichberger
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 30.06.2020
End: 29.06.2023
20_VIF_IMPACT - Influence of scenario-based variation parameters on the effectiveness of driver assistance systems for accident prevention
The aim of this research project is to demonstrate the advantage of using virtual simulation for the evaluation of ADAS.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Jörg Moser
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2019
End: 30.12.2022
19_FFG_BonuS - Review of Li-ion battery modules on crash safety and life time in terms of breathing and swelling
During charging and discharging of Li-ion batteries the thickness of the cell increases reversible due to intercalation (“breathing”) and non-reversible due to ageing effects (“swelling”). This may influence crash safety and lifetime of a battery module. Within project BonuS these aspects will be investigated scientifically based on numerical simulations and experimental methods on the laboratory scale. In future, the scientific insights of this research project may enable the development of significantly improved battery modules with respect to safety and lifetime.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Simon Franz Heindl
Dipl.-Ing.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Martin Wilkening
Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2019
End: 30.03.2022
19_FFG_SPOT - Security and production-oriented concept analysis of Traction batteries for electric two-wheeled vehicles
Electric Powered Two Wheelers (E-PTWs) will play an important role in the future mobility. Although the number of E-PTWs is strong increasing, manufactures are struggling to develop vehicles that can respond to the desires of the customers in terms of performance, safety and costs, especially in case of electric motorcycles. The cause can be found in the high development and production costs of the traction battery and its integration that in the current State of the Art is developed separately for every vehicle. This creates an increase in the development costs and limits the products that manufactures can bring to the market, with a negative effect in the market penetration of E-PTWs.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Christian Ellersdorfer
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 01.09.2019
End: 31.03.2022
19_FFG_KORR_DVR - Combination of new innovative corrosion protection, design and safety concepts in the permanent application of passive road infrastructure restraint systems
In the current research project, the focus is on the development of new innovative, modular passive protective devices in terms of improving "Durability", "Visibility" and "Recognizability". These terms include the material corrosion issue, traffic safety and aspects of highly automated driving.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Desiree Kofler
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Wolfgang Sinz
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2018
End: 30.12.2022
18_VIF_VEGAS_A2203 - Methods for virtual release of belt systems
The aim of this research project is to use virtual methods to evaluate customer and crash relevant functions of a harness system in an early project phase with high predictive quality.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Wolfgang Sinz
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 30.11.2018
End: 29.11.2021
18_IND_ADAM - Advanced Pedestrian Safety Evaluation
The aim of the project is to study the behaviour of pedestrian in the pre- and incrash phase.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Corina Klug
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2018
End: 29.09.2021
18_EU_VIRTUAL - Open access virtual testing protocols for enhanced road user safety
The objective of VIRTUAL is to improve the safety of road users by providing procedures and open access tools to assess the benefit of novel safety systems. The goal is to establish a European based global hub for Open Source Virtual Testing (OpenVT) and to demonstrate its success in traffic safety. Open Source Human Body Models of both men and women will be made available in a format that is scalable to represent different ages and sizes of car occupants, vulnerable road users, and users of public transport.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Corina Klug
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2018
End: 30.05.2022
WoodC.A.R. - Computer Aided Research
The vision of the K-Project WoodCAR (Wood – Computer Aided Research) is to introduce Engineered Wood Products (EWP), Engineered Wood Components (EWC) and wood-based materials to the mobility sector, which follows the demand for improvement of environmental and economic sustainable materials in this branch.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Florian Feist
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Start: 28.02.2017
End: 27.02.2021
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