Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH (ViF) (98830)

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    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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    Martin Aichholzer


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    Zlatan Ajanovic


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    Hannes Allmaier



    Research Output

    ACTIVE - Autonomous Car to Infrastructure Communication Mastering Adverse Environments

    Steinbaeck, J., Druml, N., Herndl, T., Loigge, S., Marko, N. C., Postl, M., Kail, G., Hladik, R., Heckenberger, G., Füreder, H. & Schwarzl, C., 17 Oct 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

    Advanced maintenance strategies for improved squat mitigation

    Stock, R., Kubin, W., Daves, W. & Six, K., 2019, In : Wear. 2019

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


    A new wear model for mild and severe wear regimes

    Hayder Al-Maliki (Speaker), Klaus Six (Contributor), Roger Lewis (Contributor)
    13 Jan 202014 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science

    Fahrlehrer für automatisierte Fahrzeuge

    Paolo Pretto (Speaker)
    2 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science

    Digital Twinning for Future High-Yield Battery Production

    Matthias Karl Scharrer (Speaker)
    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science


    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

    IAVSD Publisher's Prize for Best Oral Paper: Impact of Low Amounts of Water in Combination with Wear Debris / Iron Oxides on Wheel-Rail Adhesion

    Klaus Six (Recipient), Gerald Trummer (Recipient), L.E. Buckley-Johnstone (Recipient) & Roger Lewis (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards


    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