Center for Mobile Propulsion

  Center for Mobile Propulsion Copyright: CMP

The “Center for Mobile Propulsion” is an ultramodern high-quality research center at RWTH Aachen University. Under the direction of Professor Stefan Pischinger from the Institute for Combustion Engines, 16 institutes jointly investigate modern, partly electrified powertrains for mobile applications in an interdisciplinary approach.


The CMP provides a worldwide unique infrastructure. Its spectrum ranges from numerous component test benches, for example for combustion engines, electric motors, traction batteries and transmissions, to complete powertrain test benches to highly modern HiL-test bench environments. This allows the researchers of the FSC to use latest test benches and aggregates for the probing of progressive fuels from biomass. The CMP is also equipped with a special measuring technology as well as an own chemistry lab to evaluate in detail for example the fuel influence on exhaust gases from combustion engines. Moreover, the CMP offers a sophisticated real-time network which enables the virtual coupling of individual component test benches. By this, researchers can examine interactions of single components for dynamic cases of applications and consider the effects of different powertrain topologies. The CMPs modular set-up supports a consequent research of individual components and control concepts, which can be developed further independently without disregarding the overall system.

Furthermore, the graduate school “Integrated Energy Supply Modules for Roadbound E-Mobility” funded by the German Research Foundation DFG is operating at the CMP. In total, 25 researchers work within the graduate school and explore research topics around the mobile powertrain.