Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Karsten Stahl

Contact Details

Business card in TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Stahl conducts research in the area of mechanical drive systems. His particular interest lies in investigating the load capacity, efficiency and dynamics of gears of all types. Other areas of interest include applications in automotive engineering such as synchronization systems and multi-disc clutches. He has developed methods for analysis that have been incorporated into international standards together with the component strength values derived by means of these methods.

Professor Stahl studied mechanical engineering at TUM and performed his doctoral studies from 1994 to 2000 in the Machine Elements Department. In 2001, he joined BMW, first as a gear development engineer, then as the manager of gear development in Dingolfing. In 2006 he transferred to the MINI plant in Oxford where he was initially quality manager for transmissions, then quality manager for powertrains and suspensions. In 2009 he took over responsibility for the initial development and innovation management of powertrain and vehicle dynamics systems at BMW in Munich. Professor Stahl has been a full professor in the Machine Elements Department since 2011.


  • VDI Ehrenring (2005)
  • Auszeichnung der Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e.V. (1999)
  • FAG Kugelfischer Preis (1992)

Key Publications

Stahl K, Höhn BR, Michaelis K, Hinterstoisser M, Mayer J: “Influence of Sur- face Texture and Coating on the Coefficient of Friction in EHL Contacts”. VDI. International Conference on Gears. München. 2013.

Stahl K, Michaelis K, Mayer J, Weigl A, Lohner T, Omasta M, Hartl M, Krupka I: “Theoretical and experimental investigations on EHL point contacts with different entrainment velocity directions”. Tribology Transactions. 2013; 56(5): 728-738.

Stahl K, Höhn BR, Tobie T: “Tooth flank breakage - influences on subsurface initiated fatigue failures of case hardened gears. ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. 2013; 5.


Stahl K, Höhn BR, Michaelis K, Schultheiß H, Stemplinger JP, Gorla C, Concli F: “CFD Simulations of Splash Losses of a Gearbox”. Advances in Tribology. 2012; 2012: Article ID 616923.


Stahl K, Höhn BR, Tobie T, Witzig J: “Effects of water in wind turbine oils on the gear load capacity”. STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition. St. Louis, Missouri, USA 2012.