Series Development of transmissions for passenger cars and light duty vehicles



Jannik Kexel



+49 241 80 24209




The lecture and the exercises take place in the summer semester.



Consultation-hours by appointment. Please contact us.



This lecture deals with the series development process of transmission for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles. Today’s most common transmission types are introduced. Besides the basic functions, special design features as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each concept are explained. This is followed by a detailed look at the development process of transmissions from the concept to series maturity.

By the example of a dual clutch transmission, the calculation and design process is introduced with respect to the use of modern engineering tools and targeting economic large-scale production. Further on, other important topics in a series development such as transmission controls development, calibration and testing are parts of this lecture.

At the end of the lecture the role of transmissions in the context of electrification is considered. The technical realization of several transmissions for hybrid and electric vehicles are presented and the particular challenges coming along with the electrification of the powertrain are discussed.

In the first lecture some basics are taught which enable also students without prior knowledge of vehicle longitudinal dynamics to participate in this lecture.



  • Transmission types
  • Design
  • Components
  • Development process
  • Testing
  • Seriesl production

Teaching and learning portal

Complementary lecture and exercise documents as well as older exams for exam preparation can be found at RWTHmoodle.

Complementary documents are also available at RWTHonline.



Please keep further notices on the exam in mind.



  Name Contakt
Ingo Steinberg
Tel.: +49 241 5689 9755
Professional experience FORD Werke AG Development Engineer - Manual and automated manual transmissions 4 years
VOLKSWAGEN AG Subject specialist - Aggregate development wet-running double clutches 3 years
Subdivision Manager -

Aggregate development Trial dual clutch transmission

4 years
GETRAG FORD Transmissions GmbH Department Manager - Dual clutch transmission 1 year
Chief Engineer - Central development 1 year
Platform Director - Dual clutch transmission and hybrid derivative 4 years
Current position FEV BU Manager - Transmission/drivetrain since 6 years




  Name Contakt
Gereon Hellenbroich
Tel.: +49 241 5689 6719
Professional experience VKA Research Assistant - Design and concept development of gearboxes and hybrid drives 4 years
FEV Project Manager - Gearbox design 2 years
Team Leader & Project Manager - Gearbox design 2 years
Current position FEV Head of Department - Gearbox design and calculation since 6 years
Team size About 20 employees