Body

How do new vehicle concepts, increasing electrification and automation impact vehicle body structures? Which methods can be used to enhance materials and structural efficiency? How can we improve safety? Thanks to our expertise for layout and design as well as our overall understanding of the entire vehicle, we research these and other questions.

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Dipl.-Ing. Kristian Seidel

Department Manager Body
Dipl.-Ing. Kristian Seidel

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epsilon: Lightweight body structure for a small electric vehicle

Within the EU-funded project “epsilon”, fka as project coordinator was responsible for creating the concept for the entire vehicle, the package and the structure in CAD.

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Crash-deformable battery systems

The energy storage is mostly positioned in those areas in vehicles, which are most unlikely to be deformed during a crash. These areas however are limited and therefore also limit the maximum battery capacity and the range of the vehicle.

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Material modeling and qualification

FEM calculations with an implicit time integration allow the analysis of stiffness and eigenmodes of vehicle bodies including different concepts for structural optimization, whereas the explicit time integration is used to evaluate temporarily dynamic loading conditions.

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CAMISMA: A lightweight seat structure based on thermoplastic FRP

Innovative materials with good weight-specific and mechanical properties as well as the appropriate use of materials in construction are essential to develop efficient vehicles with low emissions.

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