Present Trends in the Automobile Industry focus on connected mobility, therefore the interaction between the vehicle and the environment. Beside Comfort- and Safety- Functions there are also significant improvements of fuel consumption and emissions to achieve. Research and Development of modern powertrains, which communicates with the environment, are requires innovative methods and the involvement of environment data at an early stage of the Research Process.
Center for Mobile Propulsion
Through the available infrastructure of the Center for Mobile Propulsion and the Institute for Combustion Engines of RWTH Aachen University, arises an optimal framework condition for Research the powertrain in an networked environment. An early and effectively testing of subcomponents from the powertrain is under reproducible conditions of the networked vehicle possible.
Connected vehicle and intelligent infrastructure offer a high potential for improvement of the powertrain efficiency. In the joint research project “Hy-Nets” a novel approach for realtime coupling of hybrid propulsions on a test bench to an environmental simulation of the vehicles incl. car2car communication is developed.
The goal of the project “Net-ECU” is to enable the use of connected vehicle information for complex engine control algorithms. Connected and predictive engine control units allow the optimization of fuel consumption and emission in real world driving conditions while improving drivability and transient behavior at the same time.
Fuel economy is a key aspect to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency of freight traffic, thus increasing truck competitiveness. Under the coordination of AVL, the main objective of the IMPERIUM project is to achieve fuel consumption reduction up to 20% (diesel and urea) whilst keeping the vehicle within the legal limits for pollutant emissions.