[Title: AKT 2019]


These were the Aachen Body Engineering Days 2019 at the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University: two days with exciting lectures, intensive discussions with experts and highly interesting exhibits.

We would like to thank all exhibitors, speakers and participants and look forward to seeing you again in Aachen in 2020!

[Foto: Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein]
Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
[Foto: Dipl.-Ing. Kristian Seidel]
Dipl.-Ing. Kristian Seidel
Department Manager Body



Dinesh Thirunavukkarasu Dr.-Ing.
Manager Research Area Vehicle Structures
+49 241 80 25699


Institute for Automotive Engineering,
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen

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The main topics automation, electrification and connectivity drive the development of innovative vehicle concepts. The influence of these megatrends on future body architectures will be the focus of this year's conference. You can therefore look forward to the following highlight presentations, among others:

[Photo: Porsche Taycan]

„Porsches way into e-mobility - the new Taycan“

Jens Christlein
Thomas Christiansen
Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

[Photo: Audi e-tron]

„The body structure of the Audi e-tron“

Tobias Braun
Audi AG

[Photo: MEB at VW]

„The Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) at VW“

Dr. Ingo Lüken
Normen Tenneberg
Volkswagen AG

[Photo: Porsche 911]

„The development and production of the new Porsche 911 body structure“

Uwe Wawers
Sebastian Stein
Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

[Foto: Mercedes-Benz EQC]

„The Crash Concept of the new Mercedes-Benz EQC“

Rainer Justen, Manager Vehicle Safety E-Mobility (EQ)
Daimler AG

[Foto: BMW X7]

„The new X7 – BMW’s X-Line Expands into the GKL Segment“

Dr. Bernhard Frodl



Exhibitor Packages

In addition to the presentation of selected vehicle bodies, the trade exhibition also offers stand space for the presentation of your latest developments in the field of body construction. Round off your presence at the Aachener Karosserietage 2019 with a suitable exhibitor package and convince yourself of your products and services.

You can find more information here.


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Day 1: 17.09.2019

08:30 Registration of the conference participants
09:00 Welcome and introduction
Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge, RWTH Aachen University
[Foto: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein]

Key Note Speeces


Porsches way into e-mobility – the new Taycan
Jens Christlein, Thomas Christiansen
Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

[Foto: Jens Christlein] [Foto: Thomas Chrstiansen]
10:00 The premises for the future of automotive-design in connected world
Anders Warming
[Foto: Anders Warming]
10:30 The Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) at VW
Dr. Ingo Lueken, Normen Tenneberg
Volkswagen AG
[Foto: Ingo Luecken] [Foto: Normen Tenneberg]
11:00 Coffee break in exhibition space  

Car Body Presentations

11:30 The crash concept of the new Mercedes-Benz EQC
Rainer Justen
Daimler AG
[Foto: Rainer Justen]
12:10 The Audi e-tron
Tobias Braun
[Foto: Tobias Braun]
12:50 Lunch break in exhibition space  
13:50 The development and production of the new Porsche 911 body structure
Uwe Wawers, Sebastian Stein
Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG
[Foto: Uwe Wawers] [Foto: Sebastian Stein]
14:30 The new X7 – BMW’s X-Line expands into the GKL segment
Dr. Bernhard Frodl
[Foto: Bernhard Frodl]
15:10 Coffee break in exhibition space  

Simulation Methods

15:40 Durability simulation on car body structures – current approach and future demands
Dr. Boris Kuenkler
Opel Automobile GmbH
[Foto: Boris Künkler]
16:20 Utilization of numerical optimization methods for the efficient development of light weight body structures based on the Opel Insignia
Dr. Johannes Siegmann
Opel Automobile GmbH
[Foto: Johannes Siegmann]
17:00 End of day 1
19:00 Evening event at Kasteel Bloemendal

Day 2: 18.09.2019

Innovative Material and Structural Concepts

09:00 Answers of steel to the challenges of electromobility
Dr. Lutz Keßler
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
[Foto: Lutz Keßler]
09:35 A holistic approach to the lightweight design of tailored structural components using the example of a hybrid A-pillar
Dr. Christian Hielscher, BENTELER Automobiltechnik GmbH
Alan Camberg, Leichtbau im Automobil - Universität Paderborn
[Foto: Christian Hielscher] [Foto: Alan Camberg]
10:10 Agile development of a modular toolbox for HV battery housings
Robert Wurzer
voestalpine Deutschland GmbH
[Foto: Robert Wurzer]
10:45 Coffee break in exhibition space
11:15 New steel and aluminum forgings in the vehicle body
Alexander Schmidt-Petersen
Hirschvogel Umformtechnik GmbH
[Foto: Alexander Schmidt-Petersen]
11:50 Hollow structural aluminium components in high pressure die casting
Tammo Koch, Nemak Europe GmbH
Jan Ludwig, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge - RWTH Aachen University
[Foto: Tammo Koch] [Foto: Jan Ludwig]
12:25 Lunch break in exhibition space
13:25 Gurit’s new short fibre prepreg for lightweight, consistent, and lower cost composite parts
Dr. Dan Jones
Gurit Ltd
[Foto: Dan Jones]
14:00 Thin Cold Plate – Pushing extrusion limits for a function integrated lightweight battery floor
Leif Hagebeuker
Hydro Extrusion Europe
[Foto: Leif Hagebeuker]
14:35 The aluminium door project
Paul Jonason
Volvo Cars
[Foto: Paul Jonason]
15:10 Innovative materials, processes and methods for automotive lightweighting – An overview of approaches and results at the conclusion of the Alliance research EU-project
Prof. Dr. Sama Mbang
Daimler AG
[Foto: Sama Mbang]
15:45 Summary and goodbye
16:00 End of conference

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