Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics

Graz University of Technology
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Eichlseder
Inffeldgasse 19
8010 Graz
+43 (0)316 873-30001
+43 (0)316 873-30002

The core objective of the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics at Graz University of Technology is to carry out innovative and internationally recognized research and teachings within the interrelated fields of energy, engine technology, transport and environment. Thereby a strong focus is set on the development of sustainable technological concepts to contribute to the reduction of anthropologic environmental burden.

Within the department “Engine Research” the entire variety of challenges in the field of the Internal Combustion Engine can be met. This likewise refers to the layout of entire vehicle concepts from scratch including engineering and design all the way to prototype manufacturing and subsequent testing, as well as to the development of novel and innovative combustion processes for engines within the entire size range of ICEs. Thereby a strong focus is set not only on increasing engine efficiency and minimizing emissions for conventional gasoline- and diesel-type combustion systems,  but  also  on  developing  combustion  processes for alternative fuels, amongst which natural gas and biofuels are as likely to play a key role in the future. 

Having participated in successful projects – amongst these the EC-funded HyICE project and the national A3-project H2BVplus or the A3plus-projects Hy2 and MuD (combined motor and steam drive for transport vehicles) – the institute has developed into a recognized authority in the field of gas- and dual-fuelled ICEs.

The equipment for experimental research includes 14 test beds for engines from about 50 cm3  up to 30 dm3, roller test benches and an optical research engine, all equipped with the latest in measurement instrumentation. 3D–CFD simulation in combination with laseroptical measurement techniques finally allows for in-house closed-loop R&D processes.

The department “Thermodynamics and Emission” not only deals with general thermodynamic aspects of numerous applications within the field of engineering sciences, but also with the environmental impact of motor-vehicle emissions, with the ventilation of road tunnels, with the dispersal of pollutants in the air – especially in urban areas – and with the respective measurement and simulation methods.

Last but not least the department “Teachings” provides  students  with  a  wide  variety  of  high-quality lectures. Furthermore, interesting subjects for both diploma and doctoral theses are continuously offered, allowing young engineers to deepen their expertises within the framework of premium research projects carried out in cooperation with considerable industrial partners.