The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
The corporate research (CR) sector works on technological breakthroughs in all business fields, leading to products that are even more efficient, even more comfortable, safer and even more environment-friendly. In the field of hybrid and electric vehicle powertrain systems, Bosch as a system provider knows technical demands and specifications for the various components and their dependencies within the system as a whole.
Research on “integrated material technique” within CR puts the focus on methods for predevelopment / simulation and experimental validation of complex mechanical / thermal / corrosive loaded components, on materials testing, and on component testing by complex loading conditions focused on fatigue.
In OBELICS, we use these competences to analyze and improve battery systems, esp. with material and component models under mechanical loading.