Joined Institutes


ISEA of RWTH Aachen University

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The Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, ISEA, was founded in 1965 and is headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Dr. h.c. Rik W. De Doncker since 1996. The ISEA is divided into the chair of power electronics and electrical drives, headed by Prof. De Doncker, the chair of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems headed by Prof. Sauer and the teaching and research field of aging processes and lifetime prediction of batteries, FZ Jülich, headed by Prof. Figgemeier. The institute belongs to the expert group of power of the faculty for electric engineering and information technology.


IEM of RWTH Aachen University

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The Institute of Electrical machines, IEM, with the chair in electromagnetic energy conversion researches in the fields of scientific service for industry and teaching at university all aspects of calculation, enhancement and application of electric machines and transducers. All possible electric machines are being considered like induction machines, permanent magnetic drives, transverse flux machines, switched reluctance machines and linear drives. The application of the IEM-research is used in the fields of electric small-sized machines that have a range from a couple of watts up to machines with a high power rating of many megawatts. Other fields that the IEM focuses on are drive motors for hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and peripheral boardnet component or simulation of the electric board net in vehicles.


ISF of RWTH Aachen University

For almost 60 years now the Welding and Joining Institute, ISF, of RWTH Aachen University has been doing research work about modern welding and joining technologies. The work of the ISF comprises almost all industrially relevant, non-detachable joining methods. Those methods include the arc joining methods with their modern process variations, the entire spectrum of the electron and laser beam welding methods, resistance and friction welding processes and also adhesive bonding. In connection, also work about the processing of modern materials with welding methods, about automation and mechanisation, process simulation and also about occupational safety and environmental protection is carried out.

Besides fundamental process analyses which are carried out within the scope of the above-mentioned fields, main emphasis is put on the application-oriented implementation of the gained results into advancement and further development of joining technologies for innovative material and structural design. Within the scope of our scientific work, great importance is placed on the direct industrial cooperation, reaching from smaller projects up to long-term development cooperation.


VKA of RWTH Aachen University

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At the Institute for Combustion Engines, VKA, under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing., USA, Stefan Pischinger, research on all topics concerning the vehicle powertrain is conducted. Core focus is still the research on conventional combustion engine development like the implementation of innovative engine designs, fundamental research on more efficient combustion processes also in combination with alternative fuels or the improvement of the engine mechanics and aftertreatment systems. Additional research areas include virtual engine development, hybrid powertrains, electromobility as well as fuel cells and mechatronics for combustion engines. At any time research is closely associated with the ongoing development of intelligent methods for test procedures and engine calibration. The Institute for Combustion Engines employs more than 260 scientific, technical and administrative employees as well as student assistants.


WZL of RWTH Aachen University

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Across the world and for many decades now the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University has stood for successful and forward-thinking research and innovation in the area of production engineering. In six different work areas, research activities not only relate to fundamental theories and findings but also to the application of findings in an industrial context. Furthermore, practical solutions are worked out for the purposes of rationalising production. The main competences are the intraplant and interplant process optimization just as plant and manufacturing planning. Because industry 4.0 has become increasingly important, the WZL is working on that field and became a pionieering role. The WZL team was able to acquire specific knowledge in the fields of process and production management, production control and industry, within the scope of various funded projects and industry cooperations.


PEM of RWTH Aachen University

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The Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components holds key positions in numerous research projects with national and international funding in the field of electric vehicle production. The focus is on production technology for electric vehicles with the areas Battery Production, Battery Engineering, Battery Components, Electric Drive Production and Fuel Cell. In addition to improving production processes for electric vehicles, individual components of electric vehicles are also being further developed. Application-oriented research projects are complemented by numerous industrial cooperations. In the past, industrial cooperations have enabled us to gather specialist knowledge in the design and construction of battery and fuel cell systems, which can also be applied to stationary storage systems.