Bath backs AVL for £70m powertrain lab

April 05, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Bath backs AVL for £70m powertrain lab
The University of Bath in the UK has appointed AVL in Austria to supply powertrain development and test equipment for its new £70 million automotive propulsion research facility

The simulation equipment for the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) will cover full electrified propulsion, hybrid configurations, energy storage and battery management as well as next generation fuels and high efficiency combustion engines.

“Through the IAAPS open access model, academics, automotive industry partners and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to work on challenging research with access to world-class research infrastructure and people. This will promote greater collaboration and the sharing of expertise to advance knowledge,” said Professor Gary Hawley, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Design at the University of Bath.

IAAPS, based on the Bristol and Bath Science Park,  will be a global centre of excellence, and is scheduled to open in late 2020. Installation of the new equipment will begin in January 2020, with a number of test facilities operational from November 2020.

“IAAPS, and our new collaboration with AVL, will significantly expand our capacity to devise innovative solutions that address key real world challenges such as engine downsizing, more cost effective electric motors, better simulation tools, improved fuel consumption and lower vehicle emissions," said Gavin Edwards, IAAPS Programme Director.

Wolfgang Puntigam, Global Business Unit Manager of Integrated Open Development Platform at AVL, added: “IAAPS represents a very advanced hub to jointly develop our Integrated and Open Development Platform (IODP) which aims at faster, better and more affordable development processes.”


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