April 21st 2017

Universities of Applied Sciences Research Forum honors MCI with the Best Paper Award

MCI employee Verena Schallhart is awarded for her excellent research activities

A total of 136 inspiring papers were presented and discussed during the two-day Research Forum of the Association of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), which took place for the 11th time. The award ceremony for the Best Paper Award was the highlight of the event.

The lucky winner of the award was Verena Schallhart, MCI project assistant in engines and emissions research, who excelled with her paper on “Model-based investigations of catalytic converter temperatures in public buses based on typical local driving profiles”.

Schallhart’s exceptional research focuses on the temperature profile of catalytic converters in two different driving modes: in inner-city and in typical regional inter-city trips. It is essential to quickly achieve and maintain the required temperature of catalytic converters during regular operation, especially because this benefits the reduction of emissions. Furthermore, Schallhart examined the influence of start-stop systems on the thermal balance of catalytic converters and proved that their benefits only show after achieving the operating temperature.
Schallhart’s work was assessed in a double-blind method by members of the UAS Research and Development Committee and, together with two other submissions, honored with the Best Paper Award.

This year’s Universities of Applied Sciences Research Forum took place at the end of April at the IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems; the motto was “Research – Innovation – Value”. As a comprehensive platform for the presentation of diverse research activities and findings, the forum is testimony to the productivity of applied research as conducted by Austrian universities of applied sciences.

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