Many key developments in the field of road and vehicle safety originate from research projects carried out at German universities. The results of these projects are often seamlessly incorporated into new developments by automotive manufacturers – with the clear goal of making advancements to vehicles’ active and passive safety systems.
A groundbreaking test center for research and development in the field of vehicle safety in Germany is currently being established at the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences. The goal for the CARISSMA (Center of Automotive Research on Integrated Safety Systems and Measurement Area) project is to become the leading scientific center for integrated safety in Germany. In this context, integrated means that – for the first time in Germany – not only will partial aspects such as airbags, auto body, and active safety systems be studied, but also the overall concept of all safety-related topics in the vehicle will be studied at a central location. The whole project is headed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Brandmeier from the University of Ingolstadt.
At the beginning of the year, the contract for the crash-test facility, one of the core components of CARISSMA, was awarded to the well-known crash-test facility manufacturer MESSRING, headquartered in Krailling. The Bavarian company is currently working on the structural integration of the new crash-test facility and is equipping the university with state-of-the-art system engineering technology.
CARISSMA is scheduled to be fully operational in January 2016. The center, with total floor space of 4,000 square meters, will then house laboratories, offices, and testing areas. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on April 2, 2014, with Bavarian Minister of Scientific Affairs Dr. Ludwig Spaenle in attendance. This is the first publicly funded research center at a university in Germany. The German federal government is covering 50% of the costs totaling €28 million for the research project, with the state of Bavaria covering the other half. This makes the project the largest and also most state-of-the-art vehicle testing facility at a university in Europe.
The scientific and technical head of the project, Igor Doric, is extremely pleased with the progress so far: “Our main goal is to make the center the most state-of-the-art and innovative location for scientific transportation and vehicle research in Germany. In this context, the focus is on integrated safety. When it comes to the crash-test facility, we are extremely pleased to have the proven experts from MESSRING at our side. A total of over 50 scientists and testing engineers will research integrated vehicle safety systems at CARISSMA.”
The company MESSRING came out on top of the competition in the call for bids for the center and, in the coming months, will deliver to Ingolstadt a MicroTrack system, an electric propulsion system especially designed for crash-test facilities, a mobile impact block, a film pit with transparent cover panels, and a variety of barriers and structures for a number of different impact scenarios.