Research and Development (R&D) at the Faculty of Engineering is based on the know-how of our scientists. They dedicate their expertise in the engineering sciences in the field of electrical engineering, information technology, energy technology, building technology, environmental technology and mechanical engineering to challenge vital issues of emerging, future technologies. Our institutes often plan and implement their research and development projects in cooperation with enterprises and scientific institutions and therefore the projects are interdisciplinary and application oriented.

Thanks to this synergy innovative solutions for different application areas can be developed like technical systems, procedures and processes:
#green Tech | Energy & Environment
#smart Tech | Production & Automation, Mobility, Human-Technology Interaction, Communication
#life Tech | Technology for Humans

For society and economy to really benefit from the research, the scientific know-how and developed new technologies the faculty of engineering attach great value to active and fruitful transfer of knowledge and technology.

To inspire young people for the exciting world of engineering sciences and to become a future scientist by studying at our Faculty of Engineering we collaborate with schools, offer excursions and organise science competitions like ExperiWatt.

 

Some research projects

EsSENce

High-performance carbon-based composites with smart properties for advanced sensing applications

The EU project EsSENce aims to develop novel high-performance composite materials using carbon-based nanomaterials (e.g. graphene or carbon nanotubes) for applications in mechanical and automotive engineering, aerospace, civil engineering and medical technology. Particular attention will be paid to structures with intelligent properties using integrated sensor technology. In the EsSENce project, a special focus is placed on the mobility of young scientists in Europe.

Funding: EU Horizon 2020
Project term: 2020 - 2024

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iClimaBuilt

Functional and advanced insulating and energy harvesting/storage materials across climate adaptive building envelopes

The Horizon 2020 funded project iClimaBuilt is dedicated to the development of smart lightweight materials for the building sector and technologies for the integration of energy storage and energy recovery systems in building envelopes. 27 partners from 14 different European countries are conducting research in iClimaBuilt on so-called Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB's). In collaboration with the Sustainable Building Research Group of the Institute for Concrete Construction at HTWK, carbon concrete construction is being made more sustainable.

Funding: EU Horizon 2020
Project term: 2021 - 2025

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Deterministic Calculation of Infection Risk for Indoor Spaces

A new simulation model for calculating the viral contamination indoors per person

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Schönfelder and his lab team developed a new simulation model to pinpoint for every place in time the amount of airborne virus concentrations in closed indoor spaces considering the simulated airflow. These new calculation approach regarding airflow-based virus concentrations helps to identify the risk of infection for each person in closed spaces. Therefore, it is an important contribution in the battle against the pandemic.

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EnamiPro

Experimental and numerical analysis of multiple impact problems in fibre reinforced composite structures

For fibre reinforced composites in safety-relevant structural components, e.g. in automotive engineering or in aerospace, so-called safety verifications must be carried out. Impact and crash szenarios often result in the most critical load cases, so that material-adapted design tools and simulation methods are required. The description of multiple crash and impact events is particularly difficult, which is being investigated experimentally and numerically in the EnamiPro project.

Funding: SAB
Project term: 2021 - 2022

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