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Engineers are researching

Ideas are the first step on the way to new technologies. Voith engineers are working on answers to central questions of the 21st century.

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Engineers are researching

The era of the lone shed inventor is a thing of the past. Complex research and development issues can only be solved in a team.

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Engineers are researching

A great moment for every engineer. An idea is taking shape. The first prototype has been built. And now it is time for having a look at details.

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Researching the Challenges of our Time

Being an Engineer Has Never Been More Exciting

They are in demand like never before. Young engineers develop technologies that contribute to the solution of global challenges such as climate change, limited resources and modern mobility. At Voith, their scientific curiosity can run free.

The research and development departments of Voith are windows into the future. Young engineers carry out research on products and innovations to solve current problems. Be it climate protection, finding new and sustainable forms of energy or the mobility of people and goods: Voith engineers work on contributions that improve the quality of life on our planet.

Felix Rüdiger, Vehicle Engineer at Voith, says: "We have a very responsible task. I am proud of what we achieve." A job that could not be more exciting.

"Practical experience is more important to me than studying academic theories.
I have the great fortune to be able to do what I really like."

 
David Bendl,
Voith Engineer

The Cliché of the Lonely Shed Inventor -
a Thing of the Past

The job is demanding. Whoever immerses himself in the adventure of research at Voith must have multiple skills. The cliché of the lonely shed inventor has long been a thing of the past. A Voith design engineer does not only have to provide technical know-how. He or she is also a gifted communicator and team player and can convince colleagues, customers and business people with his or her ideas. The bandwidth of projects in which Voith engineers are involved, is large.

The First Practical Application of a Development is the Best Moment

There are plenty of forward-looking projects in the design departments. Witnessing how the projects are used in practice is the best moment for the engineers. "Seeing a finished component and knowing that my calculations have provided a basis for it, is a good feeling and an incentive for further work," says David Bendl.

  • Safety in trains: Voith engineers were involved in the calculation to find out how a vehicle should be structured, in order to ensure that the inner compartments remain largely undamaged in the event of an accident.
  • Propeller for special vessels: Voith Engineers have contributed to the development of the Voith Radial Propeller (VRP). It can rotate by 360 degrees and create thrust in any direction. Its tasks: driving special vessels for towing wind power stations offshore.
  • Power plant concepts for new fields of application: Voith engineers have developed an environmentally-friendly turbine generator unit called StreamDiver which is now able to harness hydro power where conventional power plants were previously out of place.

 

David Bendl

Graduate mechanical engineer

The graduate mechanical engineer loves the creativity required for his job. He is part of the team that has developed the Voith Radial Propeller (VPR), a propulsion system installed in special ships towing wind power stations offshore. He says: "I want to implement my ideas. You have to burn for your idea." His ideas are mainly burning in his special field - flow mechanics. Bendl started at Voith as a student trainee and then wrote his graduation paper in the design department. He is now a full-time asset of the company.

Felix Rüdiger

Graduate automotive engineer

Even during his studies in vehicle engineering, Felix Rüdiger knew: the only acceptable workplace for him would be a company's design department. And he put his plans into practice. After his graduation, Rüdiger started at Voith in Chemnitz. In the meantime he heads a special team with six engineers. He has set up the group himself. Its task is to devise crash simulations for trains. The goal is to insure that the inner compartments of the trains remain undamaged in the event of an accident, so that the passengers are unhurt. "I have decided to work in industry, because, unlike at university, there is no basic research and instead we are working on real products. It is great when I see vehicles on the rails in which development I was involved," says Rüdiger.

Jörg Lochschmidt

Jörg Lochschmidt

Product manager

The StreamDiver - one of Voith's very latest developments - can now be used to generate environmentally-friendly power in places where it was previously impossible to build conventional hydro power plants. Product Manager Jörg Lochschmidt has led the project since 2010: "There are many transverse structures in nature conservation areas where it is not possible to install conventional hydro power plants." The reason might be that the drop height is insufficient, the hydro power plant has to fit into the landscape, or it is not possible to undertake construction work which would change natural conditions locally and where it is essential that fish are not adversely affected. These are precisely the conditions in which StreamDiver can be used. The team based their development work on Voith's own marine tidal current turbine and collaborated closely with the Technical University of Munich and the University of Stuttgart. "The StreamDiver is really something very special for us," says Lochschmidt. "Conventional hydro power plants are always designed to meet unique requirements. In contrast, our intention is to develop the StreamDiver into a mature series product for energy utilities all around the world". A milestone in the ongoing expansion of renewable energies.

Susanne Berger

Eng. D. Process
technology

Susanne Berger has a doctorate in process technology and heads a team of colleagues whose background could not be more diverse. The multi-talented group includes mathematicians, physicians, bionics specialists, chemical engineers, timber specialists, textile technicians and engineers. They research how the paper industry can save energy. Their last project covered the development of a simulated paper plant. A computer represents all operating processes - from power generation in an on-site plant to the finished roll of paper. The program calculates the energy balance. A remarkable achievement, because: "The paper production process is more complex than any other process I know," says Berger.