Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Rinderknecht

Stephan Rinderknecht studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart from 1984 to 1990, where he subsequently received his doctorate degree in the engineering-mathematical research training group “Modeling and Discretization Methods for Continua and Fluids (GKKS)” in 1994 on the subject “Delamination in Fiber Reinforced Composite Plates”. After working as a post-doc at the Institute for Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Constructions (ISD) at the University of Stuttgart, he moved to industry in 1995.

Until 2008 he worked as a development engineer at GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Cie KG in Ludwigsburg, Untergruppenbach and St. Georgen. His specialist focus was on the introduction and application of numerical methods such as the finite element method (FEM) and multi-body simulation (MBS), the development of components for transmissions to prevent rattle noise, and the system development of mechatronic transmissions (automated manual transmissions, dual clutch transmissions, continuously variable transmissions) as well as of hybrid and electric drives. He held various management positions from team manager (1997) to senior manager (1999) to member of the executive board and vice president development (2001) or vice president research and development respectively (2006).

Since 2009 he has been a professor for Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering at the TU Darmstadt. There he and his team built up extensive research activities in the field of vehicle systems based on his industrial experience, and further developed the research established by his predecessor on rotor dynamics and active magnetic bearings in the direction of application in the field of energy systems and fundamentals of vibration systems. The research on prosthetics that was initially established in the field of medical technology has now been transformed into robotics systems.

Within the community he is active in various program committees (e.g. CTI Symposium Automotive Drivetrains, VDI Dritev, VDI Mechatronics, SIRM – Vibrations in Rotating Machinary), as a member of the Mechatronics Technical Committee of the VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automation Technology (GMA) and as an editorial board member of the open source journal “vehicles” at MDPI.

From 2017 to 2019 he was dean of the department of Mechanical Engineering at the TU Darmstadt.


Franke, G. ; Schneider, M. ; Weitzel, T. ; Rinderknecht, S. (2021): Stochastic Optimization Model for Energy Management of a Hybrid Microgrid using Mixed Integer Linear Programming. In: IFAC-Papers Online, 53 (2), S. 12948-12955. Elsevier

Glücker, P. ; Kivekäs, K. ; Vepsäläinen, J. ; Mouratidis, P. ; Schneider, M. ; Rinderknecht, S. ; Tammi, K. (2021): Prolongation of Battery Lifetime for Electric Buses through Flywheel Integration. In: Energies, 14 (4), MDPI, ISSN 1996-1073

Stuhlenmiller, F. ; Weyand, S. ; Jungblut, J. ; Schebek, L. ; Clever, D. ; Rinderknecht, S. (2021): Impact of Cycle Time and Payload of an Industrial Robot on Resource Efficiency. In: Robotics, 10 (1), S. 33. MDPI, e-ISSN 2218-6581


Schuy, J.; Stech, N.; Harris, G.; Beckerle, P.; Zahedi, S. Rinderknecht, S.: A prosthetic shank with adaptable torsion stiffness and foot alignment Manuscript. In: Frontiers in Neurorobotics; 01.03.2020

Esser, A.; Eichenlaub, T.; Schleiffer, J.-E.; Jardin, P.; Rinderknecht, S.: Comparative evaluation of powertrain concepts through an eco-impact optimization framework with real driving data. In: Optimization and Engineering, 2020, SpringerLink)

Jungblut, J.; Viehmann, A.; Jardin, P. ; Rinderknecht, S. : System Dynamics Improvement with State-of-the-Art Mechatronics – Potentials and Challenges.: In: MEDYNA 2020: 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Structural Dynamics and Vibroacoustics, , 17-19. 02. 2020, Neapel, Italien


Zech, P.; Plöger, D.F.; Rinderknecht, S.: Active control of planetary gearbox vibration using phase-exact and narrowband simultaneous equations adaptation without explicitly identified secondary path models. In: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Volume 120, pp. 234-251.

Jardin, P.; Eßer, A.; Givone, S.; Eichenlaub, T.; Schleiffer, J.-E.; Rinderknecht, S.: The Sensitivity in Consumption of Different Vehicle Drivetrain Concepts Under Varying Operating Conditions: A Simulative Data Driven Approach. In: Vehicles – Open Access Journal from MDPI.

Schneider, M.; Rinderknecht, S.: System Loss Measurement of a Novel Outer Rotor Flywheel Energy Storage System. In: 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference, San Diego, USA.


Esser, A.; Zeller, M.; Foulard, S.; Rinderknecht, S.: Stochastic Synthesis of Representative and Multidimensional Driving Cycles. SAE World Congress Experience, Technical Paper.

Erler, P.; Menig, A.; Uphaus, F.; Malonga Makosi, C.; Vogt, J.; Rinderknecht, S.: Investigating the perception of powertrain shuffle with a longitudinal dynamic driving simulator. In: 2018 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Auckland, Neuseeland.

Shen, Y.; Rinderknecht, S.: A method on modelling and analyzing the power losses in vehicle transmission. Forschung im Ingenieurwesen, 82 (467).


Zech, P.; Rinderknecht, S.; Lato, V.: Direct adaptive feedforward compensation of narrowband disturbances without explicit identification of the secondary path model. In: Journal of Sound and Vibration (401) pp. 282-296.

Fischer, S.; Beidl, C.; Viehmann, A.; Rinderknecht, S.: Plug-in-Hybride für den Volumenmarkt. In: Motortechnische Zeitschrift: MTZ, 78 (5), pp. 30-39.

Rinderknecht, S.; Fietzek, R.; Foulard, S.: Online and Real-Time Condition Predection for Transmissions based on CAN-Signals. In: SAE World Congress 2017, Detroit, Michigan, USA.


Windrich, M.; Grimmer, M.; Christ, O.; Rinderknecht, S.; Beckerle, P.: Active Lower Limb Prosthetics: A Systematic Review of Design Issues and Solutions. BioMedical Engineering OnLine.

Foulard, S.; Rinderknecht, S.; Fietzek, R.: Leichtbau von Fahrzeuggetrieben durch Online- und Echtzeit-Lebensdauerüberwachung/ Lightweight Design of Automotive Transmissions through Online and Real-time Lifetime Monitoring. In: ATZ – Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift, März 2016, pp. 74-79.

Heindel, S., Becker, F.; Rinderknecht, S.: Unbalance and resonance elimination with active bearings on a Jeffcott Rotor. ScienceDirect, 25 August 2016; Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Volume 85, 15 February 2017, Pages 339–353


Eghtessad, M.; Meier, T.; Rinderknecht, S.; Kücükay, F.: Antriebsstrangoptimierung von Elektrofahrzeugen/ Identification of Optimum Drivetrain Configurations of Electric Vehicles. In: ATZ Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift, September 2015, pp. 78-85.

Foulard, S.; Rinderknecht, S.; Ichchou, M.; Perret-Liaudet, J.: Automotive drivetrain model for transmission damage prediction. In: Mechatronics – The Science of Intelligent Machines, Volume 30, pp. 27-54.


Schneider, M.; Boras, P.; Schaede, H.; Quurck, L.; Rinderknecht, S.: Effects of Operational Strategies on Performance and Costs of Electric Energy Storage Systems. In: Energy Procedia , Volume 46, pp. 271-280.

Beckerle, P.; Wojtusch, J.; Rinderknecht, S.; von Stryk, O.: Analysis of System Dynamic Influences in Robotic Actuators with Variable Stiffness. In: Smart Structures and Systems, 13 (4), pp. 711-730.


Riemann, B.; Araujo Perini, E.; Lucchesi Cavalca, K.; Fiori De Castro, H.; Rinderknecht, S.: Oil whip instability control using μ-synthesis technique on a magnetic actuator. In: Journal of Sound and Vibration, 332, pp. 654-673.

Fietzek, R.; Chin, P.; Cheng, C.; LaBrie, R.; Ferris, J.; Rinderknecht, S.: Control Strategy for the Excitation of a Complete Vehicle Test Rig with Terrain Constraints. In: SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars-Mechanical Systems, Volume 6, pp. 121-127.

Rinderknecht, S.; Strah, B.: Mechatronic System Integration Potential for Different Applications. In: Advanced Materials Research, 745, pp. 57-72.


Köhler, R.; Rinderknecht, S.: A phenomenological approach to temperature dependent piezo stack actuator modeling. In: Sensors and Actuators A.

Further publications you can find among the IMS-Publications or in the TU-Bibliography