wbk Institute of Production Science

Product- and Production-Concepts for modern Automobiles

  • type: Vorlesung (V)
  • semester: WS 19/20
  • lecturer: Dr. Stefan Kienzle
    Dr. Dieter Steegmüller
  • sws: 2
  • lv-no.: 2149670
  • information:


Language of instruction Deutsch

he lecture illuminates the practical challenges of modern automotive engineering. As former leaders of the automotive industry, the lecturers refer to current aspects of automotive product development and production.

The aim is to provide students with an overview of technological trends in the automotive industry. In this context, the course also focuses on changes in requirements due to new vehicle concepts, which may be caused by increased demands for individualisation, digitisation and sustainability. The challenges that arise in this context will be examined from both a production technology and product development perspective and will be illustrated with practical examples thanks to the many years of industrial experience of both lecturers.

The topics covered are:

  • General conditions for vehicle and body development
  • Integration of new drive technologies
  • Functional requirements (crash safety etc.), also for electric vehicles
  • Development Process at the Interface Product & Production, CAE/Simulation
  • Energy storage and supply infrastructure
  • Aluminium and lightweight steel construction
  • FRP and hybrid parts
  • Battery, fuel cell and electric motor production
  • Joining technology in modern car bodies
  • Modern factories and production processes, Industry 4.0.



Lecture notes will be provided in Ilias (https://ilias.studium.kit.edu/)


Skript zur Veranstaltung wird über (https://ilias.studium.kit.edu/) bereitgestellt.

Lecture notes will be provided in Ilias (https://ilias.studium.kit.edu/).


regular attendance: 25 hours
self-study: 95 hours


The students …

  • are able to name the presented general conditions of vehicle development and are able to discuss their influences on the final product using practical examples
  • are able to name the various lightweight approaches and identify possible
    areas of application
  • are able to identify the different production processes for manufacturing
    lightweight structures and explain their functions
  • are able to perform a process selection based on the methods and their