Dr.-Ing. Dinesh Thirunavukkarasu
Manager Research Area
Vehicle Concepts & HMI
+49 241 80 25699


Disruptive Modular Architecture for Agile, Automated Vehicle Concepts

UNICARagil unites the competences of leading German universities in the field of automated driving and selected industrial partners, to rethink future mobility and vehicles with their development processes. …



Development of a sustainable aluminium/FRP hybrid battery box concept

The goal of EnSuRe is to design a sustainable battery housing while still meeting the high requirements stipulated towards battery housings, for example regarding crash safety and thermal management. The …



UltraLight Body Structure of an Electric VAN

As part of the research project "ULAS-E-VAN" ("UltraLight Body Structure of an Electric VAN"), 9 partners are developing a modular battery carrier system and lightweight solutions for the body structure …



AI-based strategy for the optimal design of additive manufactured lattice structures for crash applications

One of the most important global goals is to significantly slow down or even stop global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the automotive industry, the subject of "lightweight construction" …



Artificial Intelligence in target and requirements management

In the vehicle development process, requirements form the basis for functions, principles of operations and solutions, right up to the manufacturing and testing concepts of the later product. The efficiency …


Concept development of a steel battery housing

Development of a lightweight structural concept for a steel battery housing

The aim of the project is to design a steel battery housing with particular attention to joinability and corrosion protection. The increased use of steel poses far-reaching challenges in terms of design, …


Development of a weight-optimized battery housing structure for volume vehicles

Development of a weight-optimized battery housing structure for volume vehicles

Current developments often show that individual requirements are realized by separate subsystems. Therefore, some systems only fulfill a single function, and as a result, the weight of the structure usually …



Optimized lightweight design taking into account the vibro-acoustic behavior of the vehicle structure

Optimise lightweight construction, comfort and economy in the design phase The vibro-acoustic behaviour of vehicles has become increasingly important in recent years and is a decisive factor in the purchasing …



Affordable Lightweight Automobiles AlliaNCE

Lightweight construction is an important method of increasing the efficiency of vehicles. It is important to evaluate the added value generated by the use of innovative materials and manufacturing technologies …


Laser welding of ultra high strength steels

Generation and validation of material properties in heat-affected zones (HAZ) for a closed simulation chain from temperature field simulation of the joining technology to structural load simulation

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CFRP repair shop

Interactive repair shop of the future for CFRP based electric vehicles

To reduce the emissions of a vehicle lightweight design plays a central role. In this context, fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) show a high potential due to their outstanding weight-specific mechanical …


Lightweight Forging

Innovation Network for Technological Progress in Part, Process and Material Design for Forged Parts in Automotive Technology

Automotive lightweight design as one of the key technologies to reduce fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions and moreover increasing driving dynamics and comfort is focused primarily on the vehicle body …



Small electric passenger vehicle with maximized safety and integrating a lightweight oriented novel body architecture

Larger and more densely populated urban areas are causing new challenges to mobility systems in terms of congestion as well as pollutant and noise emissions. epsilon will focus on the development of …



Enhanced Lightweight Design

The ENLIGHT project is part of the SEAM cluster, which is a consortium of four EU projects. The overall objective of the cluster is the development of advanced materials and structural vehicle components …



Process oriented development of photonic tools for adhesive joining of multi-material automotive lightweight structures

ProPhoMuLA is a project with a planned duration of 3 years, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) associated with the funding line “photonic processes and tools for …



Efficient Multi-Material Designs for Lightweight Bodies

The topic of lightweight design remains a demanding topic within the automotive industry. The optimisation potential of conventional materials such as high and ultra-high strength steels are largely exhausted, …



Safe Small Electric Vehicles through Advanced Simulation Methodologies

Urban traffic will significantly change. Due to a substantial increase of small electric vehicles, a change of the most relevant collision scenarios is expected. Thus new vehicles shall be designed considering …


Braided FRP crash structures

Description of the crash behavior of fiber reinforced plastics based on braided performs

More and more automobile structural components are being made of fibre reinforced plastics (FRP). Next to the potential weight saving FRP crash structures offer a superior energy absorption behaviour compared …



Carbon Fibre/Amide/Metal Based Structural Interior Component

New fibre reinforced plastics for lightweight vehicles In view of the climatic change and the steady decreasing capacity of fossil energy sources, it is getting more important for the research and development …



Research consortium develops lightweight body for electric vehicles

The resource-saving and energy-efficient design of an entire vehicle is of great importance, especially when it comes to vehicles with electric propulsion. Thus, a special lightweight body for electric …



Development of a CFRP engine hood

Within this project a CFRP engine hood in integral sandwich consruction based on the Ford Focus has been developed. Compared to the steel reference a weight reduction of 60 % has been realised with reasonable …


e performance

Holistic development approach of an electric vehicle

In October 2009 the research project „e performance“ started, that followed a holistic development approach towards electric mobility. The cooperating partners in the project were the Audi AG …



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RWTH Aachen University
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