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

Zimmer M, Otto M, Stahl K: ”Calculation and optimization of geometry and meshing behaviour of tooth shapes with arbitrary axis position“. Forschung im Ingenieurwesen/Engineering Research. 2016; 80(1): 1-16.

Schultheiss H, Tobie T, Stahl K: “The Effect of Selected Grease Components on the Wear Behavior of Grease-Lubricated Gears”. Journal of Tribology. 2016; Article ID 011602.

Reimann T, Stemplinger J-P, Stahl K: “The scuffing test A/44/Cr – A method for testing the cuffing and wear behavior of hypoid oils”. Tribologie und Schmierungstechik. 2015; 62: 46-53.


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