Department of Engineering

Automotive Engineering

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Student projects

Our Master’s students apply their theoretical knowledge in practical projects and, in doing so, extend their knowledge, qualifications, skills and capabilities. They immerse themselves in all aspects of automotive engineering. This enables our students to gain a better understanding of contexts, to structure and define automotive engineering issues according to technical and scientific principles and to solve the resulting tasks efficiently.

Aspects of business management and organisation are also covered. This is particularly necessary to achieve a Master’s qualification and to prepare for the level of competition existing in this professional area.

Current student projects

joanneum raceSim

Simulation is very much a part of life nowadays in many fields of automotive engineering. Notable car companies use complete vehicle simulators for developing vehicles or driver assistance systems or for driver training and research in motor racing.

FH JOANNEUM has developed a simulator which is used not only to train drivers of the joanneum racing graz team but also in lectures such as Advanced Driving Dynamics. The simulator consists of the complete chassis of a Formula Student racing car mounted on a hexapod. This setup involving six powered axes (six degrees of freedom) allows the longitudinal and transverse forces acting on the vehicle to be represented realistically. When combined with audio and video technology, joanneum raceSim provides a realistic simulation of the race experience.

  • Duration: throughout the entire course
  • Project manager / contact: Christoph Haidinger

joanneum raceWings

As in Formula One and other race series, aerodynamics is one of the most important areas in vehicle development for Formula Student. Since the 2013 season joanneum racing graz has also devoted considerable attention to developing aerodynamic components, such as the front and rear wing and diffuser.

Developing an aerodynamics package generally starts with CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulation. The results of CFD simulation must first be validated in experiments. Wind tunnel tests are one option. As these are usually quite laborious, joanneum racing has considered a new cost-efficient plan for aerodynamic testing. This involves mounting individual components and assemblies on a test vehicle, fitting an appropriate sensor system and measuring the downforce and drag on the components.

This method not only allows us to find the optimum aerodynamics package for our joanneum racing vehicle but also to optimise CFD simulation at the start of the development stage and speed up the calculation process.

  • Duration: throughout the entire course
  • Project manager / contact: Christoph Haidinger