Functionality is one of the strongest arguments for buying a car. Where comfort and safety functions are concerned, vehicle manufacturers have to not just constantly improve a vehicle's functions for their discerning customers, but also ensure that they can be directly experienced. No easy task, when we consider the increasing complexity and high degree of variance expected today. Nevertheless, this is a familiar task for us. In the development of vehicle functions, the all-round testing of the attributes of the complete vehicle is our responsibility. These include active and passive safety, longitudinal and lateral dynamics, operational stability, NVH, aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, as well as thermal management, HVAC and cooling. All with one aim: to improve vehicle functions for you and your customers.
Another element of our part in the function development process is guaranteeing the integration of the restraint system and heating and air conditioning components: from geometrical integration, to system supplier management, and finally to approval recommendation.
"Integral safety" is the coordinated interaction of active and passive safety requirements, and therefore compliance with the relevant safety requirements, including certification. For us, it means even more: our vehicle safety experts are already involved during the concept phase. A great advantage, as most of the modifications made to the vehicle's structure and interior components at this stage influence the deformation characteristics of the car in the event of a crash.more
In turn, the front end package and design of its body in white and exterior parts influence the achievement of objectives in pedestrian protection and, to some extent, in passenger safety, too.
It is also, for instance, possible to use sensor data from active safety systems such as distance control or braking assistants etc. to pre-condition systems for passive safety or to activate them earlier.
The added value to you: greater safety for your customers and smooth, uncomplicated approval and homologation procedures.
From the concept phase through to start of production, we optimise the function, cost and deadlines of the component families, seat belts, airbags, steering wheel and rollover protection system at module level. And, of course, integrate them in the complete vehicle. For seat belt anchorage, relay mechanism or windowbags: we are your experts for the integration of complex components.
When it comes to vehicle safety, it is no longer enough to concentrate on the passengers alone. In order to guarantee the safety of both the driver and other road users, it is necessary to keep an eye on everything that is going on around the vehicle. This means that, for us, pedestrian protection is a key element of vehicle development.more
Cooling / air conditioning
A great deal has happened since the advent of the first air conditioning system at the beginning of the 19th century. Originally just a simple means of providing fresh air, these systems have developed into intelligent automatic climate controls which have a very positive influence on the ambience of a vehicle.more
Apart from the feel good factor, however, air conditioning also fulfils other functions: for instance, a well-adjusted atmosphere in the car helps to improve the driver's concentration. Modern systems are of enormous importance if the car is to be driven safely - they prevent fogging, defrost icy patches, dehumidify. As engineering partners and experts in the field of cooling and air conditioning systems, we know what is necessary to ensure the wellbeing and safety of discerning automotive customers. We therefore accept responsibility for you for everything that is needed: the functional integration of the aggregate cooling and coolant circuit components and systems in the vehicle.
We offer the following solutions and services to meet your needs:
- Design of components and systems, and the integration of these in the complete vehicle
- Drawing up feasibility studies for systems in the complete vehicle
- Assessment of system concepts
- Series development of components and systems in cooperation with system suppliers
- Functional trials of components and systems on the test station and in the vehicle
- Approval recommendation for components and systems
Acoustics, vibration and driving comfort
Interior acoustics and comfort play a decisive role in the driving experience in modern vehicles. Only if the car is as noise-free as possible and delivers maximum vibroacoustic and driving comfort will it make a positive lasting impression on the customer.more
We attach a great deal of importance to a pleasant driving experience, and are therefore working on the acoustic and vibration-related qualities of modern cars. Our aim is to consciously design the vehicle's sounds in line with vehicle character and the overall concept. An aim that meets the requirements of discerning automobile customers.
We offer the following solutions and services to meet your needs:
- Attributes of the complete vehicle, NVH, exterior acoustics
- Transfer path analysis on the complete vehicle
- Sub-attributes vital to the vibration and driving comfort, including structural dynamics, lightweight construction, cabriolet development, powertrain NVH, sound engineering, chassis NVH and chassis comfort coordination, aeroacoustics, insulation/damping, interior acoustics, seat comfort and squeak and rattle prevention.
- Process chain from product definition, brand engineering, concept development, virtual functional design, engineering, testing and approval
The point of aerodynamics is to make it possible for a vehicle to travel against the wind with as little air resistance as possible. This is enormously important, as experts see aerodynamic optimisation - along with many other improvements relating to weight and engine efficiency - as an effective way of reducing fuel consumption. Expert knowledge is required here, as it is important to analyse the effects on vehicle handling, but also, for instance, on pedestrian protection. The latter sometimes conflicts with vehicle superstructures, which are becoming flatter and more streamlined.more
As a supplier of solutions, we have an Aerodynamics department to individually adjust your vehicles so that they are less affected by aerodynamic forces. In such a way that the various requirements of today's automobiles are still met. Inside and out.
In addition, we have also developed special knowledge and competencies in the aeroacoustics field for cabriolets with soft tops and RHT roof systems, engine compartment air flow, thermal management, underbody dynamics, brake cooling and and ways of improving vehicle soiling.
Head of CAE / Vehicle Safety
Tel.: +49 661 6000-884
Head of Thermal Management
Tel.: +49 7031 7902-187
Head of NVH / Comfort / Fatigue + Strength
Tel.: +49 89 350989-211
Head of Testing Wolfsburg
Tel.: +49 5361 799-241
CAE & vehicle safety
Tel.: +49 89 350989-246