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.

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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.

Conference Topics

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.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair‘s Welcome and opening Address

Conference Chairs: Dr.-Ing. Matthias Berner, Division Manager Simulation and Method
Development, Leichtbau-Zentrum Sachsen GmbH, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Kästner, Professor for Computational and
Experimental Solid Mechanics, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

I. Simulation as an Enabler for Design


Simulation Driven Design – Design the Difference

  • Why simulation driven design?
  • Key requirements and enablers for simulation driven design
  • Examples of simulation driven design processes
  • Project examples
  • Vision of future simulation driven design

Dr.-Ing. Lars Fredriksson, VP-Simulation Driven Innovation, Altair Engineering
GmbH, Germany


Simulation Advances in automotive Lightweight Engineering: Closing the Gap to the Manufacturing Process

  • Improving accuracy by capturing manufacturing effects
  • Advanced joining modeling methods
  • Modeling advanced lightweight composites
  • Using stochastics to eliminate failure modes

Steve Fletcher, Global CAE Director, Tata Technologies Europe Ltd., UK,
co-authors: Gopal Musale, CAE Regional Manager, Tata Technologies, India and
Richard Brookes, CAE Lead, Tata Technologies Europe, UK


CAE driven Development – Vehicle Applications and future Challenges

  • Shift of CAE applications for early development phases in the vehicle industry
  • High demands on the development of CAE methods and tools to drive conceptual design
  • Key application areas: Topology, thickness- and material-optimization and performance balancing
  • „Optimization Culture Arena“ to support a CAE driven development as well as the development of guidelines and methods for optimization
  • Cross technical network for knowledge sharing and optimization competence development

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?

Dr.-Ing Lars Fredriksson, VP-Simulation Driven Innovation, Altair Engineering GmbH
Dr.-Ing. Martin Giersbeck, Vice President Plastics Engineering, Robert Bosch GmbH
Steve Fletcher, Global CAE Director, Tata Technologies Europe Ltd.
Harald Hasselblad, Ph.D., Senior Analysis Engineer, Volvo Cars

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
  • Improvements in material technology allow to make thinner/lighter parts
  • Usage of flow simulation and modal analysis to support this development

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
  • Characterization of material properties in virtual laboratory
  • Incorporation of different scales
  • Improvement of simulation time

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Daniel Balzani, Professor for Continuum Mechanics, Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Germany, co-authors: Takashi Sasagawa, Associate
Researcher and Dr. Masato Tanaka, Researcher, both: Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc., Japan


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
  • Consideration of preferred directions introduced by reinforcement structures as predicted by drape Simulation
  • Mechanism-based damage formulations in the reinforcements and the thermoplastic Matrix
  • FEA Analysis of the model with the implicit finite element code Abaqus

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
  • Keeping pace with the information integration requirements of the automotive industry
  • Using material discovery tools to make insightful decisions: Lightweighting application example
  • Importance of data management tools in optimizing activities in design and the supply chain
  • Case studies from the automotive industry

Prof. Dr. Viktor Pocajt, CEO and Owner, Key to Metals AG, Switzerland


End of conference day one

Thursday, April 26, 2018

III. Integrated Process Simulation


Continuous Process Simulation for continuous Fiber reinforced Composites

  • Continuous CAE chain for automotive composite design
  • Forming simulation of non-crimped fabrics and thermoplastic tapes
  • Molding simulation for fast-curing resin injection
  • Combined forming and molding simulation for wet compression molding
  • Curing simulation and warpage prediction

Dr.-Ing. Luise Kärger, Deputy Head Lightweight Technology, co-Author: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Henning, Professor Lightweight Technology, both: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


An Introduction to isogeometric Design and Analysis

  • Description of challenges isogeometric analysis addresses
  • The importance of analysis-suitable geometry
  • Introduction to U-splines
  • Application to automotive problems

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
  • Process and multi-material assembly Simulation
  • Influence of manufacturing on crash and mechanical performance prediction
  • Material virtual characterization
  • Multi-scale modeling

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
  • Integrative simulation chain – Forwarding of process simulation results to structural Simulation
  • Long fiber reinforced plastics in thermoplastics and thermosets (GMT, SMC, LFT, BMC)
  • Injection and compression molding

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
  • Generation of optimized support structures based on simulation
  • Compensation of residual distortions

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
  • Unidirectional fiber reinforced composite materials
  • Automatic local adaption of the shell structure to a stacked-shell model connected with cohesive elements to incorporate damage Initiation
  • Multiscale modeling: Incorporation of local connecting element models into the global model
  • Connection of plate structures and incorporation of local refinement in a bolted area

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
  • Tailored design techniques
  • Choosing the right lightweight strategy
  • Speed-up validation times

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
  • High-end lightweight design of a front vehicle structure
  • Extremely flexible manufacturing on demand for a large number of vehicle derivatives

Daniel Schilder, B.Sc.,Berechnungsingenieur CAE, co-author: Dr. Martin Hillebrecht, Head of CC Lightweight Design, both: EDAG Engineering GmbH, Germany




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
  • The interface to a more accurate structural Simulation
  • Fiber filled materials

Eric Henry, B.Sc., Senior Simulation Specialist, Autodesk Ltd. UK


Topology and Casting Optimization to develop Lightweight Components

  • Topology optimization of casted components
  • Modifying topology optimization setup with respect to casting
  • Interpreting topology results and evaluating using cast simulation

Harald Hasselblad, Ph.D., Senior Analysis Engineer, Volvo Cars, Sweden


Simulation-based Optimisation for Crash – Innovative and robust Design Creation

  • Optimisation methods for Simulation
  • Design of experiments for cause-and-effect Analysis
  • Multidisciplinary optimisation (MDO)
  • Systematic optimisation for cost, quality and Performance
  • Design for robust performance

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
  • Constitutive models in process and performance simulation
  • Challenges in data transfer across different applications

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
  • BIW   

The conference will also be of interest to researchers, scientists and other interested persons, e.g. from the metal working and plastics processing industry.

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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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