Virtual Vehicle Research Center (ViF) (98830)

  • 8010

    Inffeldgasse 21/A Graz


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The overall goal of the vif-Centre is the application of virtual modelling and simulation as a competitive and innovative method of vehicle development. Styria, especially the Graz area, has evolved in the last decade into the centre of the Austrian vehicle industry, covering both the automotive sector as well as the railroad vehicle sector. The modelling and simulation environment envisioned in this centre is intended to cover all four main stages of the vehicle design cycle, i.e. virtual design, where, based on mechanical, thermodynamical and fluid flow aspects, the prime physical effects and interrelationships of components in a vehicle are developed and/or optimised; virtual engineering, where technological aspects of vehicle components are optimised with view to the manufacturability and competitiveness; virtual manufacturing, where complete production lines as well as the component performance will be optimised; and virtual testing, where the overall behaviour, in particular from the perspective of functionality and safety, is assessed based on the virtual models and their coupling with physical devices in a hardware-in-the-loop. The strength of this concept is the permanent availability of the intermediate design results for all versions and variants developed throughout the design history. The virtual development is therefore much faster, more complete and more economic than the real physical development. Keywords: Crash; Pedestrian Protection; Out of Position; Sliding Collision; Mass Balancer Systems; Acoustic Behaviour; Wheel-Rail Contact; Track Quality; Traffic Simulation; Virtual Driving Stile; Thermal Management; Heat Transfer; CFD; Climatic Comfort; HVAC; Under Hood Flow; Virtual Mockup; Digital Manufacturing; Cost Management; Dynamic Workflow. Subject areas: Allgemeine Elektronik; Betriebliche Datenverarbeitung; Betriebswirtschaftslehre; Betriebswissenschaften; Computer Software; Computerintegrierte Fertigung (CIM); Computerunterstützte Animation; Computerunterstützte Simulation; Computerunterstütztes Entwerfen, - Produzieren (CAD/CAM); Eisenbahnwesen; Elektrische Regelungstechnik; Elektrische Steuerungstechnik; Elektro- und Biomedizinische Technik; Fertigungswirtschaft; Fördertechnik; Industriebetriebslehre; Informatik; Informations- und Datenverarbeitung; Kraftfahrwesen; Maschinenbau; Maschinendynamik; Mechatronik; Messtechnik; Strömungslehre; Supercomputing; Technische Mechanik; Thermodynamik (auch: chemische -); Tunnelbelüftung; Unfallforschung; Verbrennungskraftmaschinen; Verkehrstechnik; Verkehrswesen; Virtual Reality; Wärmetechnik; Werkstoffprüfung, Material- Co-operating partners: AVL List GmbH (Austria) AVL Zöllner (Germany) Concept Technologies GmbH (Austria) MAGNA STEYR Engineering Center Steyr (Austria) MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG (Austria) Obrist Engineering GmbH (Austria) OMV AG (Austria) Siemens Restraint Systems (Germany) Siemens SGP Verkehrstechnik GmbH (Austria) TMS Produktionssysteme GmbH (Austria) voestalpine Eisenbahntechnik (Austria) Funded by: Land Steiermark (Austria) Stadt Graz (Austria) Steirische Wirtschaftsförderung (SFG) (Austria) TiG Technologie Impulse Gesellschaft mbH (Austria) Contact: For further information please see: or ......... (under construction)

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Zlatan Ajanovic


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Hannes Allmaier


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Hayder Al-Maliki


Research Output 1993 2019

Virtual concept development on the example of a motorway chauffeur

Nestlinger, G., Rupp, A., Innerwinkler, P., Martin, H., Frischmann, M., Holzinger, J., Stabentheiner, G. & Stolz, M. 2019 Control stragegies for advanced driver assitance systems and autonomous driving functions: Development, Testing and Verification. Waschl, H., Kolmanovsky, I. & Willems, F. (eds.). Springer, p. 155-174 (Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences; vol. 476)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Analysing engine friction in view of the new WLTC driving cycle

Allmaier, H., Sander, D. E., Damjanovic, S. & Mallet, P. 2018 In : Motortechnische Zeitschrift. 78, 12

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A new Wheel-Rail Creep Force Model based On Elasto-Plastic Third Body Layers

Meierhofer, A. Sep 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Activities 2003 2018

Assessment of running gears regarding rolling contact fatigue of wheels and rails based on stochastic simulations

Six, K. (Speaker), Tomislav Mihalj (Contributor), Trummer, G. (Contributor), Marte, C. (Contributor), Visakh Krishna (Contributor), Saeed Hossein-Nia (Contributor), Sebastian Stichel (Contributor)
Sep 2018

Activity: Science to scienceTalk at conference or symposium

Testing and Simulating the Crash Characteristics of Li-Ion Batteries for Safe Vehicle Integration

Leitgeb, W. (Speaker), Breitfuß, C. (Contributor), Thaler, A. (Contributor)
17 Apr 2018

Activity: Science to scienceTalk at conference or symposium

Validierung der Umfelderkennung für hochautomatisiertes Fahren

Schwarzl, C. (Speaker)
4 Jun 2018

Activity: Science to publicTalk at conference or symposium


ED-Media 2015 Outstanding Paper Award

Martin Ebner (Recipient) & Michael Spitzer (Recipient), 23 Jun 2015

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Förderpreis "Forum für Technik und Gesellschaft"

Bernhard Lechner (Recipient), 3 Nov 2003

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

IFAC Young Author Award

Zlatan Ajanovic (Recipient), 7 Jun 2018

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Projects 2002 2009

Aerodynamik von Kraftfahrzeuge - Automobile Aerodynamics

Brenn, G., Hörmann, T. & Meile, W.


Project: Research project

VIF_FP2 - Future AC Systems Mobile Air Conditioning systems with the refrigerant R744

Pülzl, M., Rieberer, R. & Enzi, J.


Project: Research project