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, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp 26–31 | Cite as

Multi-functional battery housing for electric vehicles

  • Rico Schmerler
  • Tobias Gebken
  • Sebastian Kalka
  • Tobias Reincke
Construction Multi-Material Construction

In the current research project a lightweight part with integrated functions for electric vehicles is developed. With the approach of a multi-material mix consisting out of fibre reinforced plastics (FRP), aluminium foam and solid aluminium a reference battery housing made of steel is replaced. Here the focus is on the integration of mechanical functions, the thermal management as well as crash and intrusion protection.


Electro mobility offers a huge potential to realise sustainable transportation. The low range of current electric vehicles is one of the main reasons for the actual insufficient establishment on the automotive market. Weight reduction of car components in combination with structural optimisation are essential approaches to increase ranges. Due to increasing battery weights as a consequence of higher storage capacities and ranges those lightweight measures on their own are not satisfying. Only by integrating several functions in innovative material systems...



All authors and the whole project consortium thank the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (MWK) for the supplied funds to perform the investigations (allocation number: VWZN2990).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rico Schmerler
    • 1
  • Tobias Gebken
    • 2
  • Sebastian Kalka
    • 3
  • Tobias Reincke
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWUWolfsburgGermany
  2. 2.Technische Universität BraunschweigGermany
  3. 3.Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKIHannoverGermany

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