Gear Technology



Jens Brimmers, M.Sc. M.Sc.

Chief Engineer


+49 241 80 27416



Further information

Fields of Expertise

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The WZL department of Gear Technology carries out intensive research work in the fields of gear and gearing design, gear manufacturing, gear measuring technology and investigation of the application behaviour of gears and gearboxes, which is unique in Europe. A special feature of this work is the holistic approach to gear and transmission technology, from design through production and measurement technology to application behaviour. The continuous treatment of basic and practice-oriented tasks throughout the entire development and process chain in a research facility is unique in this form.

By considering all these relevant areas of gear technology, synergy effects can be used and holistic problem solutions can be offered that are strongly tailored to the needs of the member companies of the WZL Gear Research Circle. Together with our partners, we develop bilateral solutions for concrete tasks. At the same time, we carry out research projects with industrial associations - VDW, FVA, AGMA. Other research topics are dealt with within the framework of publicly funded projects. These include, for example, research projects of the DFG, BMBF, AiF, etc. In addition, the financial resources of the Gear Research Circle allow us to address interesting topics at short notice.


The department offers comprehensive solutions in the field of gear technology. Due to the close networking of the gear manufacturing and gear design departments as well as the development of simulation-based methods along the entire process chain up to the use of gearing, we can offer a large portfolio of services.

Our core competencies

  • Tolerance field-based gearing design
  • Simulation-supported analysis and design of processes
  • Surface integrity
  • Optimization of the excitation behaviour of gearboxes
  • Local strength and efficiency analysis
  • Application-oriented research methodology
  • Design of operational process chains
  • Certified test methods in the aerospace and lubricant industries
  • Digital description of the gearwheel process chain from design to production chain to operation
  • Training of executives and specialists in transmission technology