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This K2 research program constitutes an integrated and systematic approach to exploiting the full optimization potential in all areas of vehicle development. It concentrates its competencies on the development of new technologies, methods, and tools concerning the full-vehicle system.
The essential goal is the combination of different disciplines with an integrated engineering approach.
Five research areas cover the required fields of knowledge:
1) System Design & Optimization
3) Noise, Vibration, Harshness & Friction
5) Vehicle Electrical Systems/Electronics & Software.
The goals of this K2-Center are:
- Innovative vehicle concepts, focusing on lightweight design, high safety standards, and reduced emissions
- Full-vehicle optimization and multidisciplinary co-development
- Development of integrated verification methods and new testing strategies
- Addressing the need for new, efficient, fast, and realistic evaluation and calibration methods
- Evaluation and optimization of full-vehicle E/E architectures
- Comprehensive analysis of mechanical, electrical, and electronic vehicle systems.
The K2 Project was put into action by a single company as a merger of the two leading research companies VIRTUAL VEHICLE Competence Center ("ViF," founded in 2002, 100 staff) and Acoustic Competence Center ("ACC," founded in 1999, 20 staff), including additional topics from the research consortium "Knet VKM der Zukunft" in close cooperation with the Graz University of Technology as well as national/international industry (more than 40 partners) and research (more than 30 partners). Shareholders in this venture will be TU Graz, AVL, MAGNA Steyr, Siemens, and Joanneum Research.
Company partners include:
Audi AG, AVL List GmbH, BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Porsche AG, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, Mecanica Solutions Inc., Siemens Transportation Systems GmbH, and voestalpine Stahl GmbH.
Scientific partners include:
TU Graz, TU Wien, Karl-Franzens University (all Austrian), TU Kaiserslautern, and TU Munich (Germany).
International partners include:
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Royal institute of Technology/M. Wallenberg Lab (Sweden), Illinois State University/ ACRC (USA), and Concordia University (Canada).
The planned number of personnel is 210-225 full-time equivalents; at present, K2 mobility has 131 staff members. The total budget for the first funding period was €63,531million, the leader of this consortium is Rector Univ. Prof. Dr. Hans Sünkel from TU Graz.
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