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Bernhard Burkhart

Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Burkhart studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University from 2006 to 2018. He finished his PhD on switched reluctance machine design for range extenders in 2018. At the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, he became group leader in 2014 and chief engineer in 2017. In 2018 he joined Engiro as a project manager for drive systems and currently is head of research and development. Besides the design and development of permanent magnet synchronous machines and complete drivetrains, he helps Engiro clients pick the right solution from the wide range of available motors.


Importance of a system approach in setting up electric drivetrains

The pace of electrification has increased dramatically. Almost every sector is pressured with tremendous emission reduction goals, up to complete elimination in inner-city applications. Vehicle builders face many challenges in this transition, including the choice of the right electric drivetrain. This presentation will introduce the Engiro experience of setting up electric drivetrains for traction and auxiliary drives in the power range from 10 to 400kW and 48 to 800V. Real-world examples will point out the importance of a system approach by showing possible hurdles that integrators might encounter.