DR. DIRK GOLDSCHMIDT
Enery Sector, Siemens AG
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Joint research

The wide range of research issues raised by combustion engines can only be addressed with interdisciplinary cooperation. Our approach is to bring together industry experts with academics from the fields of natural and engineering science. The focal point of our work is pre-competitive joint research: fundamental research projects managed on an efficient cost-sharing basis. The projects are defined by experts from the member companies on a bottom-up principle.

Industry and science moving on a common path.

The wide range of research issues raised by combustion engines can only be addressed with interdisciplinary cooperation. Our approach is to bring together industry experts with academics from the fields of natural and engineering science.

The focal point of our work is pre-competitive joint research: fundamental research projects managed on an efficient cost-sharing basis. The projects are defined by experts from the member companies on a bottom-up principle.

Organizational structure of the FVV

The highest body of the FVV is the Meeting of the Members. It elects the Executive Committee, which is responsible for all the FVV activities and their financing as well as determining the association’s strategic orientation.

The Advisory Board includes representatives from all the member companies. It makes proposals to the Executive Committee regarding focal areas of research and budgets. The Advisory Board is split into six planning groups for the engines division and one planning group for turbines. Each planning group supervises and steers its own area research programmes.

From the idea to the project

Any employee of a member company can submit an idea in the form of a project outline to the competent planning group. The proposal is then evaluated with regards to the association’s interests and checked for its pre-competitive quality. This is followed by the creation of an industry discussion group which defines exactly the scope of the project, selects appropriate research facilities and files the application for the project. The planning group then discusses the application and decides whether to finance the plan with the FVV’s own funds or to apply for public funding.

Another possible source of ideas are the broad-themed workshops. The FVV and its network offer an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas between companies. Longstanding contacts to prestigious research institutes ensure valuable scientific contributions to the discussions.

FVV Triangle

Direct knowledge transfer in practice

The results of a current research project are regularly discussed with the working committee in charge of the project. The representatives of the member companies have the possibility to steer the project and to consult and support the research institutes as regards the subject matter. Additionally, the results of the research are passed on directly to the industry on completion.

Our members have an unrestricted right to use all the results achieved by the FVV projects. Twice a year, information meetings are held where up-to-date overviews of the research programme are provided.

Publication of research results

On completion of a project, the results are published in the form of a research report in the FVV publication series. These reports are available to all members free of charge. Research engineers are additionally informed about our work at international conferences and in technical journals. When research results are published as software, they are fully documented and available to the members free of charge.

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