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Press Release 000/2009

Leading Technical Universities in Germany (TU9) at Hannover Messe 2015

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Where to find TU9 at Hannover Messe 2015

From 13th to 17th April 2015 the TU9 Universities will present themselves at a joint stand at Hannover Messe (Hall 2, Stand C40). TU9 is exhibiting projects from the fields of electro-mobility, medical technology, IT security and industry 4.0.

The TU9 Universities will again be jointly represented at this year's Hannover Messe: From 13th to 17th April international visitors to the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology will be able to find out about current research projects at Leading Technical Universities in Germany - TU9.

The focus is on TU9 projects from the following fields:

  • Electro-Mobility,
  • Medical Technology,
  • IT Security and
  • Industry 4.0.

By working together, the TU9 Uniersities gain powerful synergies in international student marketing, in teaching and in research. The joint stand will showcase these to trade visitors to Hannover Messe.


This year TU9 is presenting three exhibits that demonstrate the research strength and the wide variety of topics at the nine member universities.


DELIVER – design and construction of an electric light commercial vehicle for urban delivery
(Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika), RWTH Aachen University)


The objective of the joint European project DELIVER launched in November 2011 was to develop an electric light commercial vehicle for urban delivery, and thus to reduce the environmental impact on cities by 40%.


The result is a light commercial vehicle of 2,200 GVW and a 700 kg payload with a host of innovative features for the driver and an 18% additional transport capacity in comparison to today's vans with a similar wheelbase.


The latest electric vehicle technologies are used, such as fully electric drive train featuring in-wheel motors as the permanent magnet synchronous machine, with 2-speed transmissions and 80 prismatic Li-NMC cells in the battery pack to increase energy efficiency and range.


Thanks to its ergonomic driver's cab without a B (or centre) pillar, both workload and delivery times can be significantly reduced. The driver can easily enter and leave the vehicle on either side, not only minimising walking distances, but also improving driver safety. The "walk-in-door" without sills reduces potential obstacles when the driver enters the vehicle and at the same time meets passive safety requirements.


With a minimum range of 100 km and a maximum speed of 100 kph, DELIVER is an attractive light commercial vehicle design for urban applications in such areas as delivery services, supermarkets and municipal utility companies.


Medical Technology
PAKO – walking with springs and motors

(Sports Biomechanics Section, TU Darmstadt Locomotion Laboratory)

At the TU Darmstadt Locomotion Laboratory, experimental platforms are calculated and implemented, so as to best simulate natural gait. Prototypes are developed and constructed initially for healthy people so that movement models can be put directly into practice.


The exhibit PAKO (Powered Ankle Knee Orthoprosthesis) is the prototype of an orthoprosthesis, i.e. a combination of an orthosis (stabilising and guiding movements) and a prosthesis (taking over movements), which surrounds and replaces the healthy foot. With PAKO, researchers want to investigate what makes the gait more economical. The functionality of designs derived from models is to be tested in a hardware experiment. Technical equivalents take over from biological structures: the calf muscles are replaced by a motor and the tendons and ligaments by springs.


Far more sensors than necessary are built into the PAKO system to enable different control concepts to be tested. In addition, the stiffness of the built-in springs can be adjusted so that the necessity of this characteristic can be monitored for robotic systems. The PAKO system is worn by non-amputees.


IT Security
Secure combination of Firewalls

(Institute of Theoretical Informatics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT)


Firewalls are a common security measure for company networks, but no firewall can offer perfect protection. It therefore seems reasonable to connect several firewalls in series. In this way, a safety gap in one firewall may be closed by another firewall. Such a series connection, however, provides safety in case of simple safety gaps only. If a firewall is compromised actively, i.e. if it attacks the network, a series connection is no longer sufficient.


A secure solution was developed at the KIT Institute of Theoretical Informatics, combining several firewalls which remain secure, even if a single firewall is controlled by an attacker.
This secure combination of several firewalls is implemented via a special hardware module that allows for the parallel connection of firewalls. The functionality of this hardware module is much simpler than that of a firewall.


The security of the Karlsruhe concept was proved formally by a model based on the “universal composability” framework. For this purpose, the real network is compared to an ideal version. In the ideal version of the network, all components work perfectly, and no attack is possible. If the real and the ideal network cannot be distinguished from outside, the real network is secure.


You can experience the firewall concept hands-on at the TU9 stand by “playing computer games” on a simulator.


Industry 4.0


Visit the TU9 stand to find out about the wide variety of research projects into smart factory, internet of things and automation technology being conducted at all of the TU9 Universities..


Events in the VDI-Lounge


Monday, 13.04.2015, 15:00-16:00h: Industry 4.0
TU9 President Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel will discuss the topic Industry 4.0 with leading representatives of VDI partners TÜV Rheinland and AUDI AG. The discussion will be moderated by Dipl.-Ing. Dieter Westerkamp, Director of GMA, VDI/VDE (The Association of German Engineers, Measurement and Automation Technology). To attend, please register at messenVdx9∂tu9 de


Tuesday, 14.04.2015, 15:00-16:00h: Scientific work between industry and research
TU9 Vice President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Ressel will talk to a PhD candidate from the Graduate School of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Universität Stuttgart and a senior representative of AUDI AG about the opportunities to take a doctorate in industry and about cooperation between industry and universities. To attend, please register at messenKxd5∂tu9 de


You will find TU9 at Hannover Messe:


Hall 2, Stand C40. 13-17 April, from 09:00-18:00h. TU9 is again a partner on the stand of VDI (The Association of German Engineers).


For regularly updated information on TU9 at Hannover Messe visit our website.

About TU9
TU9 is the alliance of leading Institutes of Technology in Germany: RWTH Aachen University, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, TU München, University of Stuttgart.

More than 270,000 students, or ten percent of all German students, are registered at TU9 universities.

Around 50 percent of the university graduates and doctorates in engineering sciences in Germany originate from a TU9 University.


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