The FVV (Forschungsvereinigung Verbrennungskraftmaschinen | Research Association for Combustion Engines ) is a worldwide innovation network of companies, research & technology performers (RTD) and funding bodies. In the context of pre-competitive Industrial Collective Research (IGF), manufacturers of automotive engines, industrial engines and turbomachinery as well as their suppliers and service providers work together with universities and other research establishments on cutting-edge technologies. The aim is to make prime movers - internal combustion engines, hybrids, turbomachines and fuel cells - cleaner, more efficient and sustainable – for the benefit of society, industry and the environment. The FVV has invested more than 500 million euros in 1,200 research projects since it was founded in 1956.
Increasingly stringent international legislation on CO2 emissions is causing a paradigm shift in the powertrain. Electrification is advancing, and powertrains need to be considered more strongly as part of an integrated network of internal combustion engines, transmissions, and electrification. The focus of this international conference is on powertrain synthesis, with components and vehicle integration forming the basis. The complexity of the cause-and-effect relationships can be mastered only through digitization. System thinking, intelligent management, and new development methods play decisive roles in the race for the drive system of the future.Further information
The realization that the electrification of automotive drivetrains can only develop in an evolutionary manner has ensured that internal combustion engines continue to hold the pole position in the context of low-emissions mobility. The "International Engine Congress" focuses not only on approaching the internal combustion engine comprehensively and systematically, but also on drivetrain electrification. By closely integrating passenger-car and commercial-vehicle engine technologies, the congress promotes the exchange of best practices. A dedicated series of talks addressing alternative fuels round out the content.Further information
The Stuttgart International Symposium is established as one of the most important discussion forums in the field of vehicle and engine development with about 800 participants. More than 100 presentations of this international event and the parallel technical exhibition combine proven solutions with innovative concepts. As always, the FVV is represented with its own session and FVV members receive a 10% discount on the participation fee.Further information
The Third expert forum “Industrial Research and Science in Dialogue with Practical Application”, focusing on the topic of bearings in theory and application.
BEARING WORLD focuses on all facets of bearings and all involved components, with special emphasis on rolling bearings – in combination with or comparison to plain or magnetic bearings.Further information
More stringent emission legislation and an increasing public interest for environmentally friendly propulsion concepts are dominating the research and development activities of engine manufacturers and suppliers. With the introduction of IMO TIER III emission limits for marine diesel engines must be drastically reduced. At the same time, substential regulations on the fuel sector are to be respected. To meet these challanges new technological concepts and control strategies are required.
The conference focusses on recent research and development results to comply with future emission limits as well as the discussion of current and prospective boundary conditions. In this context, researchers and engineers from engine manufacturers and suppliers as well as representatives from shipping companies, ship building industry, power plant operators and legislation are addressed by the symposium.Further information
Europe is the world's largest factory of knowledge, ideas and innovation: Around one-third of the global production of know-how and innovative products comes from EU engineers and researchers. Cross-border cooperation unites the best minds and ideas. It makes the difference: globalisation - climate-neutral economy - energy transition in transport - mobility of tomorrow. These are just a few examples of the tasks of the future that need to be adressed - together with our members and partners in Europe and the world.
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Photo Credit: SAM TU Darmstadt
Bioethanol-containing fuels from regenerative sources, such as wheat straw and sugar cane, are used to blend fossil fuels in order to reduce climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. The hygroscopic properties of ethanol in such fuels represent new requirements for the materials used in fuel-carrying components with regard to corrosion. Within the framework of a Research Association for Internal Combustion Engines and German Research Foundation-funded research project, the corrosive influence of biogenic fuels on the fatigue behavior of application-relevant steels was investigated in a cooperation of the research group for System Reliability, Adaptive Structures and Machine Acoustics (SAM) as well as the Center of Structural Materials (MPA-IfW) of the Technical University of Darmstadt and the Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering (IWT) in Bremen.Learn more
Photo Credit: MAN Energy Solutions SE
Turbocharging is known to be a well-established technology for an engine’s efficiency and power output by forcing extra compressed air into the combustion chamber. The centrifugal loads, necessary flow deflections, unsteady pressure fluctuations, and structural temperature gradients put a high strain on rotating components. Additionally, those components are prone to high-cycle fatigue. The Chair of Structural Mechanics and Vehicle Vibrational Technology at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg investigated the impact of manufacturing tolerances on the vibrational behavior of several turbine and compressor impellers. Finally, it is shown that intentional mistuning can lead to significantly lower stresses.Learn more
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