mieletec FH Bielefeld
Boosting the Development of Next Generation Household Appliances by Multiphysics SimulationsPresented with Christian Schröder
The development of household appliances is probably as old as the history of mankind. While cooking over an open fire place still creates a romantic feeling in us, nowadays we don't want to miss the amenities of modern cooking devices like microwave ovens, steamers or induction stoves. In fact, today's consumers are ready to spend more money than ever for products that bring more comfort, more safety, and of course more fun. While these requirements already pose a challenge to modern product development, an even greater challenge is to create great products that are resource and energy efficient as well.
At "mieletec FH Bielefeld", a joint research laboratory between Miele & Cie. KG, a world leader in domestic appliances and commercial machines, and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany, researchers work on the basics for the next generation household appliances. Here, multiphysics simulations play a crucial role and help to understand and exploit the complex interplay of different physical, chemical and technical processes for creating future resource and energy efficient products.
Holger Ernst studied chemistry at the Rubrechts-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg and later at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster where he graduated in Physical Chemistry in 1999. In 2002 he received his Ph. D. in chemistry as well. In 2003 he joined Miele & Cie. KG in Gütersloh, a leading supplier of domestic appliances and commercial machines in the field of laundry care, dishwashing and disinfection. In the following years he became the head of the research and development department for cooktops of the Miele subsidiary imperial-Werke oHG Bünde. Since 2013 he is head of Innovation / Research and Development of the Miele & Cie. KG facility in Bielefeld. Holger Ernst is co-founder and scientific director of the “mieletec FH Bielefeld”, a joint research laboratory of Miele & Cie. KG with the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld.