Drive Laboratories

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Wien | Website

Core facility (CF)

Short Description

The AIT Drive Laboratory offers long standing expertise and excellent research and validation infrastructure to ensure that your powertrain development process meets the market requirements. Our testbed solutions enable you to increase quality, while also reducing costs and time-to-market.

Contact Person

Hannes Larcher

Research Services

• Sinusoidal: 5 to 180 Hz, up to 5000 V, 400 kW
• DC: up to 600 V, 400 kW
• Frequency converter: control of asynchronous and permanent magnet synchronous machines up to 160 kW

• High dynamic test bed 100 kW up to 22000 rpm
• High dynamic test bed 120 kW up to 8000 rpm
• Test bed 280 kW up to 3500 rpm
Both high dynamic test beds are suitable for ”hardware-in-the-loop” control with max. scan rate of 1 kHz.


Electrical values
• Power analyzer
-- RMS values - fundamentals and harmonics
-- Voltage and current waveforms with max. scan rate of 5 MHz

Non-electrical values
• High precision torque sensors from 0.1 Nm to 2000 Nm, max. scan rate 10 KHz
• Speed as impulse or analog signal
• Temperatures; thermocouples, PT100, KTY, etc.
• Customer specific sensors with voltage, current or frequency output can be recorded
• Cooling circuits with air or liquids
-- Flow sensors and controllers
-- Temperature control of input or output coolant

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

An in-house developed open software platform is used for data acquisition and control of the power supply equipment and drivetrain test facilities. The software allows centralized and time-synchronous acquisition, storage and visualization of measurement data. The integrated control option enables the simulation of user-defined performance profiles or drive cycles and the definition of semi- or fully automatic test procedures for the measurement of efficiency maps. The following interfaces are available for the integration of customers’ drive control systems:
• Analog input/output
• Digital input/output
• CAN interface

The use is to be agreed in each case.