Active research projects

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.
Staff member
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_ELEVATE - Mechanical testing and validation of a battery simulation model
The analysis of the behavior of innovative battery cells/modules in crash load cases respectively the representation in a numerical simulation program is important to gain essential information to ensure the safety of electric vehicles for defined crash load cases. Physical tests on component, cell, and module level are a crucial factor to perform a mechanical characterization and thus to validate simulation models. The aim of this research project is to investigate and characterize the mechanical behavior of an innovative lithium-ion cell in a crash load case and to develop a finite element simulation model of this cell.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Marco Raffler
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2021
End: 30.07.2021
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_IND_SIM4SAFE - Assessment of different velocities to the accident severity
The objective of this research project is to assess the effects of different speeds to road safety with simulation.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Ernst Tomasch
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 30.11.2020
End: 29.06.2021
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
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Simon Franz Heindl
Dipl.-Ing.
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
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Christian Ellersdorfer
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 01.09.2019
End: 31.03.2022
19_FFG_BRAFA - Impact of vehicles with alternative propulsion systems under fire
Alternative propulsion systems, including battery-electric vehicles, are becoming more prevalent. Whilst such vehicles remain a small overall proportion of the vehicle fleet, the combination of impacts of Government policy and technological advances in alternative fuels is expected to accelerate their increase in numbers on the road and in tunnels in coming years. As a result of these changes, the nature of tunnel safety risk (including from fire) is expected to change with time and detailed consideration of the risk of significant incidents involving such vehicles is required. This should include the evaluation of incident consequences with particular attention paid to fire characteristics and toxic emissions and their impact on tunnel users and on emergency intervention strategies. This project collates currently available information on these issues, and will contribute strongly to future development.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Peter-Johann Sturm
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Simon Franz Heindl
Dipl.-Ing.
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2019
End: 30.05.2021
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
18_EU_OSCCAR - Future Occupant Safety for Crashes in Cars
OSCCAR uses a comprehensive integrated approach for the development of future advanced occupant protection systems. It will provide a unique human body model (HBM)-based development and assessment framework, covering main challenges of future road safety due to the introduction of highly automated vehicles as well as changes in demographics. Based on the analysis of future relevant accident scenarios and considering new, highly automated vehicles (HAVs) enabled sitting positions, advanced occupant protection principles will be developed and demonstrated. These require assessment with improved HBMs (omni-directionally biofidelic, active and robust), considering gender and demographic factors as well as improved soft tissues material properties.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Ernst Tomasch
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2018
End: 30.05.2021
SafeBattery - Safe Lithium-Based Traction Batteries
The goal of SafeBattery is to investigate the mechanical, electrochemical and chemical-thermodynamic behaviour including a hazard quantification of lithium-based single-cell and single modules under crash loads (acceleration and deformation) taking into account product life, i.e. the mechanical and chemical changes that take place over product 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: 31.03.2017
End: 30.05.2021
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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