Co-operation agreement for doctoral research program

MANN+HUMMEL announces first research topics for doctoral degrees   After studying, become a doctor - the Graduate School of Excellence advanced Manufacturing Engineering of the University of Stuttgart (GSaME) and MANN+HUMMEL enter into a co-operation agreement and assign the first PhD research topics at the filtration specialist.

Ludwigsburg, 20th September 2011 - "We are planning strong growth and for this we need the right employees. Our aim is to recruit as many specialists and managers from our own ranks as possible. We therefore provide training, continually qualify our employees, and cooperate with universities", explains Sigfrid Steiner, Group Vice President and Member of the Extended Management Board at MANN+HUMMEL, on the occasion of the handover to GSaME representatives of the co-operation agreement for PhD topics signed by MANN+HUMMEL. "This aspiration fits in well with our graduate school. We would like to further develop junior researchers after their studies on the way to their Dr.-Ing. with a practical component and for this purpose need companies in industry to support us", adds Engelbert Westkämper, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. E.h. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. mult. and CEO at GSaME. The Graduate School is based on the principle of dual education. The aim is to promote science and technology in the area of product development and production systems and to develop solutions for the production plant of tomorrow. The focus is on the qualification of junior researchers through top-level research in the design and management of competitive and sustainable production. In May 2011, acatech, the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, awarded GSaME the Best Practice Award in recognition of its dual scientific education concept which serves to improve the training and qualification of engineers.

The co-operation agreement offers doctoral researchers the immense advantage of full integration and the ability to work at the university facilities and at MANN+HUMMEL in the development department. The research and development department of the filtration specialist offers excellent research conditions which are among the best at an international level.

The first two research topics which can lead to "GSaME doctorates" to be awarded by the development partner and series supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries are concerned with the core MANN+HUMMEL business of filtration. "One area of research is concerned with the development of virtual prototypes for filter media. A first objective is to determine the factors relating to the structure of the medium which influence filtration performance and to use these characteristics to further improve the next generation of virtual filter media. A further objective is to improve the embossing of filter media. The embossing technique is very important for the filtration because the type and quality of the pleats of the filter medium determine the lifetime and performance of a filter element. The filter element made from cellulose, synthetic fibres or alternative materials is the core of a filter system for automotive and industrial applications," explains Dr. Martin Lehmann, manager of simulation for filter elements at MANN+HUMMEL. "The topics therefore address the main theme of GSaME to model and simulate processes and systems as accurately as possible to enable competitive and sustainable production."

The research topics have been announced at an international level and the application process is underway. For the first time both partners will manage the recruiting process together. At present the graduate school is supervising 58 national and international doctoral projects.

Researchers and developers are increasingly using simulation programs to quickly solve tasks in a cost effective manner. Simulation programs digitally display certain conditions under which new products or solutions have to work correctly. Virtual tests serve to indicate where changes have to be made. The developers make changes to the virtual model. This process is much quicker and cheaper than modifying a prototype. The prototype for field tests is first made when the developers are satisfied with the results of the simulation tests.
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The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Employing approx. 13,200 people at 41 locations world-wide, the company achieved turnover of 2.18 billion Euros in 2010. The Group´s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and cylinder head covers made of plastic with many integrated functions for the automotive industry, as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial manufacturing sectors the company´s product range includes industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration, filter systems and complete lines as well as units for conveying, dosing and drying of free flowing plastics. Further information about MANN+HUMMEL can be found under www.mann-hummel.com.