Research at IPEK

The IPEK - Institute of Product Engineering is a research institution at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). We see ourselves as a centre of scientific product engineering and innovation, focussing on drive systems and mobility. In order to accommodate the complexity of all aspects of modern product engineering, we subdivide product engineering into

  • systems,

  • methods and

  • processes.

Only the combination of these three categories allows the synthesis of innovative systems by using the latest methods and processes. This system synthesis simultaneously enables us to validate the methods and processes we have developed and thus to assure their added value. We do not only apply this research approach in projects on fundamental research, but also in the context of applied research. Our mission here is to strengthen the innovative power of the German engineering and automobile industry in the long term. With this in mind, the pillars research, innovation and teaching form the foundation of our strategic orientation. Drive systems and mobility as well as product engineering methods and processes are at the core of our research activities. We meet the demand for a holistic view of this research mission by including adjacent research. The resulting research portfolio encompasses two frameworks based on the system theory: the integrated product engineering model iPeM and the X-in-the-Loop approach XiL for validating mechatronic systems.

The Karlsruhe School of Product Development (KaSPro) contains the basic research methods and approaches used at IPEK. It represents the "cornerstones" of research at the IPEK. The included methods have been developed over the years and are constantly being refined. The KaSPro therefore serves as an extremely powerful store of knowledge for every scientific employee at the IPEK. Many recurring questions and problems have already been clarified and can be viewed and used by new employees.





Development and Innovation Management
Lightweight Design
Validation of Technical Systems



Drive Systems
Clutches and Brakes in Drive Systems
PGE - Produktgenerationsentwicklung
Tribology Systems



Methods of Embodiment Design
NVH and Noise Vibration Harshness
Power tools