The core objective of the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics at the Graz University of Technology is to carry out innovative and internationally recognised teaching and research within the interrelated fields of energy, engine, transport and environment, and in particular to contribute in solving environmental problems.
To achieve our objective, the institute has been split into
O A TEACHING DEPARTMENT
and the fields and subfields:
O ENGINE RESEARCH
- Working process, simulation and analyses
- Combustion process
O THERMODYNAMICS AND EMISSION RESEARCH
- Traffic and environment
O AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING
Additionally, at the institute two Christian-Doppler-laboratories are established:
o CD-Laboratory for Thermodynamics of the IC Engine
Head: A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. A. Wimmer
o CD-Laboratory for Vehicle Acoustics
Head: A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. H.-H. Priebsch
The institute is together with the Graz University of Technology a shareholder at the following competence centres:
- The objective of the Acoustic Competence Centre Graz is research and development in the field of applied
Head: Hon.-Prof. Dr. J. Affenzeller
- The Large Engines Competence Center (LEC) is an industrial competence center and conducts research and development in the field of environmental friendly stationary engines.
CEO & Head of Scientific Research:
Ao.Univ.-Prof.Dr. A. Wimmer
- The "Kompetenzzentrum - Das virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (vif)" ("The Virtual Vehicle Research Association Competence Center") aspires to implement the comprehensive virtual development concerning autocars and rail vehicles.
Managing Director: Dr.rer.nat. Jost Bernasch
- An additional involvement is given in the competence center "Knet VKM der Zukunft" (Internal Combustion Engines of the future).
Our research work focuses primarily on the following areas:
- analysis of the thermodynamic working process of internal combustion engines
- engine design and development (gasoline and diesel engines, large gas engines,
two-wheeler and small capacity engines)
- design (CAx, Rapid Prototyping etc.)
- development and testing of simulation tools (flow dynamics, combustion, pollutant formation etc.)
to achieve the virtual engine concept
- development of measurement and test bench technology (indication technology, test bed equipment etc.)
- the study of propulsion concepts and vehicle dynamics (multibody dynamics, vehicle safety, etc.)
- calculations of traffic emissions; simulation of pollution dispersion
- measurement of emission factors (dynamometers)
- air quality measurements
- road tunnel ventilation and safety (simulation of fire accidents and field tests)
- alternative fuels (rape oil and used frying oil methyl ester)
All activities in the area of education within the Institute are coordinated in this division, in regard to the course offered, its content, documentation, methodology, and cooperation with the dean of studies and study commissions.
Lectures, practical courses and project works are offered in the following topics: thermodynamics, vehicle propulsion systems with focus on internal combustion engines, measurement techniques and traffic related environmental effects.
Our technical facilities at the Institute include:
10 engine test benches, a transient test bench for heavy duty engines, chassis dynamometers for trucks (38t, 350KW), passenger cars, and two-wheelers, a friction test bench, an injection pump test bench, a flow test bench, a CVT test bench, an acoustic box, a 3-axis measuring machine, a mobile CVS system, mobile air quality monitoring station, remote air quality sensing systems (DOAS, FTIR), software, etc.
The Institute was founded in 1920, and under its heads Prof. Dr. Julius Magg, Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c. Hans List, and Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c. Anton Pischinger it developed into one of the renowned research establishments for internal combustion engines. In terms of personnel, the Institute ranks among the largest of its kind today in Austria. The tasks handled are most diverse and assignments are received both from Austria and abroad. With its laboratories, which are equipped with the most advanced test and research facilities for internal combustion engines, motor vehicles and investigation of pullant dispersion, accommodated on the premises of Graz University of Technology at Kopernikusgasse and at Inffeldgasse, it is one of the best equipped university institutes in this area.