International VDI Conference - Simulation in Automotive Lightweight Engineering
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- Profit from case studies and insights into simulation and modeling methodologies that help to solve current challenges in automotive lightweight technology.
- Receive up to date information first hand from representatives from industry and research.
- Expand your international network and exchange your expertise and ideas with specialists and participants.
- Register for the “Simulation in Automotive Lightweight Engineering” conference and visit our parallel conference on “Additive Manufacturing” free of extra Charge.
Lightweighting is one of the hot topics particularly important within the automotive sector. In order to optimize the design, comply with the light weight requirements in the industry as well as with the customer’s demands for fuel-efficient vehicles, governmental regulations and emission standards, rapid advancements in lightweight technology and simulation methods are essential. At the 1st international VDI conference “Simulation in Automotive Lightweight Engineering”, taking place on April 25 - 26, 2018 in Amsterdam, you will have the chance to discuss relevant aspects in automotive lightweight simulation with peers from the automotive industry and international experts.
Simulation as an Enabler for Design?
To achieve a successful manufacturing process and ensure reliable predictions of a part’s or component’s performance, the integration of accurate computer assisted simulation becomes increasingly important. In contrast to physical prototyping the usage of simulation software applications enables a much more cost efficient and flexible approach to test and validate lightweight designs. At the same time simulation helps answering the key questions regarding the overall manufacturability as well as properties and behavior of parts, components and advanced materials in the manufacturing process.
The new international VDI conference on “Simulation in Automotive Lightweight Engineering” will focus on the key aspects of process simulation, material modeling, structural simulation, verification strategies as well as linking these steps towards an integrated simulation chain.
Amongst others, the following topics will be discussed:
- Drivers and Benefits of Simulation as an Enabler for Design
- Reliability of Structures and Materials
- Experimental Characterization and Parameter Identification
- Determination of Material Properties through virtual Testing
- Verification Management of Simulation Methods
- Calibration of Material Cards and Material Databases
- Simulation in Additive Manufacturing
- How to link these Steps towards an integrated Simulation Chain
Chairmen of the conference are:
- Prof. Markus Kästner, Professor for Computational and Experimental Solid Mechanics from the Technical University in Dresden (Germany)
- Dr.-Ing. Matthias Berner, Division Manager Simulation and Method Development at Leichtbau-Zentrum Sachsen (Lightweight Centre Saxony in Dresden, Germany)
who designed the top-class program with the help of our supporting experts
- Dr. Thomas Heber, Carbon Composites e.V., Germany
- Dr.-Ing. Lars Fredriksson, Altair Engineering Gmbh, Germany
- Dr. Reza Bihamta, General Motors, USA
- Natalia Navarrete, Ph. D., Metalsa, Mexico
The accompanying Program of the Conference
Take part in excellent networking opportunities and meet international experts, specialists and other participants for inspiring discussions both during the networking breaks as well as at the evening event in a more relaxed atmosphere. Here you can meet participants from this conference and the parallel conference “Additive Manufacturing” for a cross-industry exchange.
Also don’t miss to attend our international workshop “The Digital Twin”, with a focus on the key ideas behind the Digital Twin and its practical relevance especially for product engineering and simulation. In addition, you can participate in the visit of the MX3D facility in Amsterdam to learn more about their innovative 3D-printing Projects.
Program of the Conference
Registration & welcome coffee
Chair‘s Welcome and opening Address
Conference Chairs: Dr.-Ing. Matthias Berner, Division Manager Simulation and Method
I. Simulation as an Enabler for Design
Simulation Driven Design – Design the Difference
• Why simulation driven design?
Dr.-Ing. Lars Fredriksson, VP-Simulation Driven Innovation, Altair Engineering
Simulation Advances in automotive Lightweight Engineering: Closing the Gap to the Manufacturing Process
• Improving accuracy by capturing manufacturing effects
Steve Fletcher, Global CAE Director, Tata Technologies Europe Ltd., UK,
CAE driven Development – Vehicle Applications and future Challenges
• Shift of CAE applications for early development phases in the vehicle industry
Harald Hasselblad, Ph.D., Senior Analysis Engineer, co-author: Andreas Carlsson, Analysis Engineer, both: Volvo Cars, Sweden
Panel Discussion: How to achieve an integrated & efficient Simulation Chain?
II.Virtual Testing of Lightweight Materials
Combining CAE Technology with new Material Developments to reduce Weight
• Combining thermally conductive polymers technology, flow simulation and thermal simulation to reduce weight
Jonathan Barclay, M.Sc., Global Leader Design and Simulation, Celanese Services UK Ltd.
Networking & coffee break
Virtual Testing based on statistically similar RVEs – Application to micro-heterogeneous Materials used in lightweight automotive Engineering
• Simulation of multiphase steel and carbon fiber-reinforced materials
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Daniel Balzani, Professor for Continuum Mechanics, Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Germany, co-authors: Takashi Sasagawa, Associate
Damage Modeling of fabric-fiber-reinforced Lightweight Components with thermoplastic Matrix
• Organic sheets: Layered composites in form of a twill weave impregnated by a thermoplastic polypropylene matrix
Dr.-Ing. Martin Giersbeck, Vice President Plastics Engineering, Robert Bosch GmbH, co-authors: Dominik Naake, M.Sc., Ph.D. Student, Robert Bosch
Integrating big Material Data in the modern automotive Design Workflow
• Key challenges in finding reliable information about materials to drive best practice
End of conference day one
III. Integrated Process Simulation
An Introduction to isogeometric Design and Analysis
• Description of challenges isogeometric analysis addresses
Prof. Michael Scott, Professor of Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University and Co-Founder Coreform LLC, USA
How End to End Simulation of new Materials and Multi-Material Assembly can be used in the Design and Verification of next Generation of lighter Vehicles
• Composite crash simulation
Alain Trameçon, M.Sc., Product Manager – Composites Structural Simulation, ESI Group, France, co-authors: Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Müller, Consulting & Development Engineer, ESI Software Germany GmbH and Dr. Patrick de Luca, Composites Solution COE Manager, ESI Group, France
Process & integrative Simulation for long Fiber reinforced composite Materials
• Process simulation
Christoph Kuhn, M.Sc., Research Project Manager, Volkswagen AG, co-author: Dr.-Ing. Olaf Täger, Fakultät Maschinenwesen, Technische Universität Dresden, both: Germany
Networking & coffee break
Process Simulation and Optimization for Additive Manufacturing of Lightweight Structures
• Definition of ideal build-up orientation
Dr. rer. nat. Nils Keller, Managing Director and CEO, Additive Works GmbH, Germany
IV. Structural Simulation and Optimization
Automatic Model Refinement in Simulation of complex shaped Composite Products
• Modeling and simulation of the structural performance of shell-like structures and automatic model refinement
Dr.-Ir. Edwin Lamers, Senior Expert Modeling and Simulation, co-authors: Lisa de Mol, M.Sc., Expert Modeling and Simulation and Ir. Lambert Russcher, Expert Modeling and Simulation, all: Reden BV, The Netherlands
Lightweight Design based on tailored Design Techniques
• Target setting: From system performance to component specification
Natalia Navarrete, Ph.D., Innovation Platform Coordinator – Advanced Research, Metalsa SA de CV, Mexico
NextGen Spaceframe 2.0: Bionics, Additive Manufacturing and Aluminium for flexible, high-end Lightweight Design
• Hybrid design with additive manufacturing in combination with aluminium extrusion profiles
Advances in the Prediction of Weld Line Strength Failures for Fiber filled Plastics
• Moldflow insight software analysis to determine weld surface locations and fiber orientation
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Matthias Fink, Solutions Engineer, Autodesk GmbH, Germany
Topology and Casting Optimization to develop Lightweight Components
• Topology optimization of casted components
Andreas Carlsson, M.Sc., Analysis Engineer, Volvo Cars, Sweden
Simulation-based Optimisation for Crash – Innovative and robust Design Creation
• Optimisation methods for simulation
Dr. Simone Gemkow, Structural Integration Lead Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover Limited, UK
Closing the Simulation Process Chain from Producibility to Serviceability: An Overview
• Overview of CAE processes in sheet metal, polymers and cast materials
Dr.-Ing. Andre Haufe, Manager Process Simulation, co-author: Dipl.-Ing. Christian Liebold, Software Developer, both: DYNAmore GmbH, Germany
Conference Chair‘s closing Remarks
End of conference
Who should attend the Conference?
This international conference addresses design- and development-engineers as well as leaders and technical managers from OEMs, tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers, software-, service- and tool-providers (for the automotive industry), mainly working in:
- Structural Simulation, Process Simulation & Simulation Engineering
- (Virtual) Testing / Virtual Design
- CAD / CAE
- Lightweight Design & Lightweight Construction
- Advanced Materials & Material Concepts
- Material Testing / Material Modeling
- Composites Technology
- Crash Safety / Crash Worthiness
- Vehicle Safety
- R&D and Predevelopment
The conference will also be of interest to researchers, scientists and other interested persons, e.g. from the metal working and plastics processing industry.
Book the VDI Conference Simulation in Automotive Lightweight Engineering now
Would you like to keep track on the latest developments when it comes simulation tools and techniques and its relevance for automotive lightweight engineering? Are you looking for an event that offers presentations from internationally renowned experts as well as excellent networking opportunities? Then secure yourself a seat right now at the international VDI “Simulation in Automotive Lightweight Engineering” conference. Book our "International VDI Workshop - Digital Twin" as well and benefit from a discounted package Price.
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