Graz, Austria
Graz, Austria

AVL, or Anstalt für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen List, is an Austrian-based automotive consulting firm as well as an independent research institute. It is the largest privately owned company for the development of powertrain systems with internal combustion engines as well as instrumentation and test systems and also produces electric powertrains. Wikipedia.


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The invention relates to a multi-speed transmission (10), comprising an input shaft (11), a first driveshaft (13) having at least one driving gearwheel (G1a, G2a, G3a, G4a, G5a), a second driveshaft (14), having a at least two driving gearwheels (GRa, GLa, G1a, G2a, G3a, G34a, G45a), at least one driven shaft (15) with a plurality of gearwheels (Gb, GLb, G1b, G2b, G3b, G4b, G34b, G45b,) on it meshing with the driving gearwheels (GRa, GLa, G1a, G2a, G3a, G4a, G34a, G45a) on said driveshafts (13, 14), said gearwheels (GRa, GLa, G1a, G2a, G3a, G4a, G34a, G45a; Gb, GLb, G1b, G2b, G3b, G4b, G34b, G45b) for forward speeds being engageable to said shafts (13, 14; 15, 16) with a first clutch (C1L) a second clutch (C1R), a third clutch (C2L), a fourth clutch (C2R) and a fifth clutch (C3R) forming a power flow from said driveshafts (13, 14) to the driven shaft (15) with different ratios, a controllable lock-up clutch (C3L) being arranged between the driveshafts (13, 14), connecting said driveshafts (13, 14) with each other, a brake device (40) with controllable slip, a planetary gearset (20) with three links (21, 22, 23), a first (21) of said links being connected to the first driveshaft (13) and the input shaft (11), a second link (22) being connected to the second driveshaft (14), and a third link (23) being kinematically connected to said brake device (40). A speed ratio (i_(PGS)) between the second link (22) and the third link (23) for stopped first link (21) has a defined value i_(PGS) <0, a first gear ratio (i_(G1)) of the first gearing (GL) on the second driveshaft (14) has a defined value i_(G1), a second gear ratio (i_(G2)) of the first gearing (G1) on the first driveshaft (13) matches the inequality i_(G2) >= i_(G1)/ (1-(1/i_(PGS))), a third gear ratio (i_(G3)) of the second gearing (G2) on the second driveshaft (14) matches the inequality i_(G3) < i_(G2), a fourth gear ratio (i_(G4)) of the second gearing (G3) on the first driveshaft (13) matches the inequality i_(G4) >= i_(G3)/ (1-(1/i_(PGS))), a fifth gear ratio (i_(G5)) of the third gearing (G4/5) on the second driveshaft (14) matches the inequality i_(G5) < i_(G4).


Patent
AVL List GmbH | Date: 2017-05-10

A multi-speed torque filled transmission (10) especially for a vehicle, comprises a power split device (11) having at least a first link (11a), a second link (11b) and a third link (11c) with a negative speed ratio between the second link (11b) and the third link (11c) when the first link (11a) is stopped, An input shaft (12) of the transmission (10) is connected to the first link (11a) of said power split device (11) and to a driving shaft of a prime mover (18). A shiftable first sub-transmission (14) with a first driveshaft (20) and a shiftable second sub-transmission (15) with a second driveshaft (22), each of the sub-transmissions (14, 15) provides a plurality of different gear ratios, wherein the first driveshaft (20) of the first sub-transmission (14) is connected to the first link (11a) of said power split device (11). The second driveshaft (22) of the second sub-transmission (15) is connected to the second link (11b) of said power split device (11). An intermediate shaft (13), is kinematically connected to a driven shaft (21, 24) of said sub-transmissions (14, 15). A controllable lock-up clutch (CL) interconnects any two links (11a, 11b) of said power split device (11). A passive torque fill device (35) is kinematically connected to the third link (11c) of said power split device (11). The transmission (10) further comprises a planetary range changer (40) with a first input shaft (40a) and a second input shaft (40b), connected to an output shaft (50) with at least two different gear ratios, wherein said intermediate shaft (13) is connected to at least one of the input shafts of the planetary range changer (40). A bypass driveline kinematically connects one of the driveshafts of the sub-transmissions to at least another one of the input shafts of the range changer with fixed gear ratio via controllable bypass clutch.


The invention relates to a system for assessing and/or optimising the operating behaviour of a vehicle that has at least one apparatus for processing fuel, in particular an internal combustion engine and/or a fuel cell, wherein the system has: a plurality of first sensors designed to measure parameters that are suitable for characterising a vehicle operating state; at least one second sensor designed to measure at least one parameter that is suitable for characterising an emission of the apparatus for processing fuel; a control device designed to measure repeatedly over a predefined time period and to determine a vehicle operating state on the basis of a first data set with measured values from the plurality of first sensors and on the basis of predefined parameter ranges that describe at least one predefined vehicle operating state; an allocation device designed to allocate a second data set comprising measured values from the at least one second sensor to the at least one predefined vehicle operating state; and an evaluation device designed to determine at least one characteristic value for assessing and/or optimising the operating behaviour of the vehicle on the basis of the at least one vehicle operating state and the second data set, wherein the characteristic value is suitable for characterising an energy efficiency of the vehicle and/or an emission behaviour of the apparatus for processing fuel.


Patent
AVL List GmbH | Date: 2017-01-25

The invention relates to a shaft (1) with adjustable rigidity, wherein at least one torsion bar (2), which is surrounded by a tubular sleeve (3), is arranged between a first shaft attachment (8) and a second shaft attachment (15), at least one shaft attachment (8) is arranged at a first end (2a) of the torsion bar (2), at least one first damping element (4a, 4b, 4c) is preferably arranged between the tubular sleeve (3) and the torsion bar (2) and the tubular sleeve (3) can be connected in a rotationally fixed and releasable manner at at least one end (11, 16) to the torsion bar (2) by means of at least one connection element (10, 20, 30). In order to permit, in the simplest possible manner, a durable but when necessary variable adjustability of the torsional stiffness in order to match the rotational oscillation behaviour, the first shaft attachment (8) is formed by a first connection flange (7) which can be connected in a rotationally fixed and releasable manner to a corresponding first counter-flange (9) in the region of the first end (11) of the tubular sleeve (3) by means of at least one first connection element (10) preferably formed by at least one screw connection.


The invention relates to systems and methods for detecting a stock of objects (1) to be monitored in an installation (4) comprising a plurality of regions, which are stationary or non-stationary, at which objects to be monitored can be located. The installation (4) is suitable for carrying out operating sequences using the objects to be monitored (1) and has a plurality of detection devices (6) which are each associated with a region (5) of the installation (4). The objects (1) to be monitored are each provided with preferably contactlessly readable identification elements (3) which have an unambiguous identifier. The detection devices (6) have a data link to a computer unit (7) which manages a stock database (8).


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: FCH2-RIA | Phase: FCH-02-5-2016 | Award Amount: 3.15M | Year: 2017

The INSIGHT project aims at developing a Monitoring, Diagnostic and Lifetime Tool (MDLT) for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) stacks and the hardware necessary for its implementation into a real SOFC system. The effectiveness of the MDLT will be demonstrated through on-field tests on a real micro-Combined Heat and Power system (2.5 kW), thus moving these tools from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 to beyond 5. INSIGHT leverages the experience of previous projects and consolidates their outcomes both at methodological and application levels. The consortium will specifically exploit monitoring approaches based on two advanced complementary techniques: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) in addition to conventional dynamic stack signals. Durability tests with faults added on purpose and accelerated tests will generate the data required to develop and validate the MDL algorithms. Based on the outcome of experimental analysis and mathematical approaches, fault mitigation logics will be developed to avoid stack failures and slow down their degradation. A specific low-cost hardware, consisting in a single board able to embed the MDLT will be developed and integrated into a commercial SOFC system, the EnGenTM 2500, which will be tested on-field. INSIGHT will then open the perspective to decrease the costs of service and SOFC stack replacement by 50%, which would correspond to a reduction of the Total Cost of Ownership by 10% / kWh. To reach these objectives, INSIGHT is a cross multidisciplinary consortium gathering 11 organisations from 6 member states (France, Italy, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, Finland) and one associated country (Switzerland). The partnership covers all competences necessary: experimental testing (CEA, DTU, EPFL), algorithms developments (UNISA, IJS, AVL), hardware development (BIT), system integration and validation (VTT, SP, HTC), supported by AK for the project management and dissemination.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ECSEL-IA | Phase: ECSEL-17-2015 | Award Amount: 64.82M | Year: 2016

ENABLE-S3 will pave the way for accelerated application of highly automated and autonomous systems in the mobility domains automotive, aerospace, rail and maritime as well as in the health care domain. Virtual testing, verification and coverage-oriented test selection methods will enable validation with reasonable efforts. The resulting validation framework will ensure Europeans Industry competitiveness in the global race of automated systems with an expected market potential of 60B in 2025. Project results will be used to propose standardized validation procedures for highly automated systems (ACPS). The technical objectives addressed are: 1. Provision of a test and validation framework that proves the functionality, safety and security of ACPS with at least 50% less test effort than required in classical testing. 2. Promotion of a new technique for testing of automated systems with physical sensor signal stimuli generators, which will be demonstrated for at least 3 physical stimuli generators. 3. Raising significantly the level of dependability of automated systems due to provision of a holistic test and validation platform and systematic coverage measures, which will reduce the probability of malfunction behavior of automated systems to 10E-9/h. 4. Provision of a validation environment for rapid re-qualification, which will allow reuse of validation scenarios in at least 3 development stages. 5. Establish open standards to speed up the adoption of the new validation tools and methods for ACPS. 6. Enabling safe, secure and functional ACPS across domains. 7. Creation of an eco-system for the validation and verification of automated systems in the European industry. ENABLE-S3 is strongly industry-driven. Realistic and relevant industrial use-cases from smart mobility and smart health will define the requirements to be addressed and assess the benefits of the technological progress.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: GV-11-2016 | Award Amount: 3.50M | Year: 2017

The FUTURE-RADAR project will support the European Technology Platform ERTRAC (the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and the European Green Vehicle Initiative PPP to create and implement the needed research and innovation strategies for a sustainable and competitive European road transport system. Linking all relevant stakeholders FUTURE-RADAR will provide the consensus-based plans and roadmaps addressing the key societal, environmental, economic and technological challenges in areas such as road transport safety, urban mobility, long distance freight transport, automated road transport, global competitiveness and all issues related to energy and environment. FUTURE-RADAR will also facilitate exchange between cities in Europa, Asia and Latin America on urban electric mobility solutions. The FUTURE-RADAR activities include project monitoring, strategic research agendas, international assessments and recommendations for innovation deployment as well as twinning of international projects and comprehensive dissemination and awareness activities. Overall it can be stated that FUTURE-RADAR provides the best opportunity to maintain, strengthen and widen the activities to further develop the multi-stakeholder road transport research area, for the high-quality research of societal and industrial relevance in Europe.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ECSEL-IA | Phase: ECSEL-14-2015 | Award Amount: 61.99M | Year: 2016

Addressing European Policies for 2020 and beyond the Power Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing 4.0 (SemI40) project responds to the urgent need of increasing the competitiveness of the Semiconductor manufacturing industry in Europe through establishing smart, sustainable, and integrated ECS manufacturing. SemI40 will further pave the way for serving highly innovative electronic markets with products powered by microelectronics Made in Europe. Positioned as an Innovation Action it is the high ambition of SemI40 to implement technical solutions on TRL level 4-8 into the pilot lines of the industry partners. Challenging use cases will be implemented in real manufacturing environment considering also their technical, social and economic impact to the society, future working conditions and skills needed. Applying Industry 4.0, Big Data, and Industrial Internet technologies in the electronics field requires holistic and complex actions. The selected main objectives of SemI40 covered by the MASP2015 are: balancing system security and production flexibility, increase information transparency between fields and enterprise resource planning (ERP), manage critical knowledge for improved decision making and maintenance, improve fab digitalization and virtualization, and enable automation systems for agile distributed production. SemI40s value chain oriented consortium consists of 37 project partners from 5 European countries. SemI40 involves a vertical and horizontal supply chain and spans expertise and partners from raw material research, process and assembly innovation and pilot line, up to various application domains representing enhanced smart systems. Through advancing manufacturing of electronic components and systems, SemI40 contributes to safeguard more than 20.000 jobs of people directly employed in the participating facilities, and in total more than 300.000 jobs of people employed at all industry partners facilities worldwide.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-01-2016 | Award Amount: 4.89M | Year: 2017

Cyber-Physical-Systems harbor the potential for vast economic and societal impact in all major application domains, however in case of failure this may lead to catastrophic results for industry and society. Thus, ensuring the dependability of such systems is the key to unlocking their full potential and enabling European industries to develop confidently business models that will nurture their societal uptake. The DEIS project addresses this challenges by developing technologies that form a science of dependable system integration. In the core of these technologies lies the concept of a Digital Dependability Identity (DDI) of a component or system. DDIs are composable and executable in the field facilitating (a) efficient synthesis of component and system dependability information over the supply chain and (b) effective evaluation of this information in-the-field for safe and secure composition of highly distributed and autonomous CPS. This concept shall be deployed and evaluated in four use cases: Automotive: Stand-alone system for intelligent physiological parameter monitoring Automotive: Advanced driver simulator for evaluation of automated driving functions Railway: Plug-and-play environment for heterogeneous railway systems Healthcare: Clinical decision support app for oncology professionals The DEIS project will impact the CPS market by providing new engineering methods and tools reducing significantly development time and cost of ownership, while supporting integration and interoperability of dependability information over the product lifecycle and over the supply chain. The development and application of the DDI approach on four use cases from three different application domains will illustrate the applicability of the DDI concept while increasing the competitiveness of the use case owners in their respective markets.

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