The Winners of the 6th CTI Young Drive Experts Award

The Winners of the 6th CTI Young Drive Experts Award

Berlin/Düsseldorf, 10 December 2014. On December 10, the CTI Young Drive Experts Award ceremony was held for the sixth time at the 13th International CTI Symposium for Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives. The winners were Dr. Felix Töpler and Dr. Sebastian Idler. The honorary speech was held by Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay of TU Braunschweig, who is a jury member and the chair of the Berlin Transmission Symposium.


Mr Töpler won the award for his PhD thesis on ’Predictive Energy Management for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles’. In its statement, the jury explained that “Dr. Töpler has added a prediction function to existing operating strategies of plug-in hybrid vehicles. In a realistic driving cycle, the parallel plug-in hybrid vehicle assessed consumed 5% less energy than a hybrid vehicle without the prediction function.“ Dr. Töpler wrote his paper as a student at the RWTH Aachen; he currently works as a senior engineer in the field of drive systems at fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbh Aachen.

The title of Dr. Idler’s winning PhD thesis was “Scuffing Load Capacity of Continuously Variable Transmissions“. It is well known that continuously variable transmissions have limited torque capacity compared to other transmission concepts, which can be a disadvantage. Mr Idler analyzed the scuffing load capacity of chain and belt-driven continuously variable transmissions under forced-slip conditions. In his honorary speech, Küçükay pointed out that ”[Using Idler’s applied procedure] it is possible to optimize the pressure strategy in relation to temperature, and hence to prevent scuffing reliably during operation.“ Mr Idler currently heads the E-Mobility Team at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at Munich Technical University.  

About the CTI Award

The Young Drive Award honours recent graduates who do outstanding work in the area of transmission and drive development. The aim is to encourage young engineers to get actively involved in this field in future too.

At the Transmission Symposium 2014, some 1350 attendees from 28 countries, roughly 120 exhibitors and over 110 national and international speakers came together to learn more about topics such as market-specific influences and general parameters, and new transmission and drive concepts.


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