The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
Computer simulations are an indispensable tool in the design and optimization of products and production processes, services, communication processes and work processes. Real models are replaced by virtual models. Mathematics plays a fundamental role in the creation of this virtual world. Mathematical models cut horizontally across a landscape of vertically arranged scientific disciplines and technological applications. This transverse character of mathematics makes it a »generic technology«; as a basis for bridging into the simulation world, however, it also becomes the key technology for computer simulations which have found their way into nearly all areas of economic life.
Applied Mathematics as Cornerstones of our Work
Increasingly more small and medium-sized companies utilize simulation for cost reduction. It is specifically these companies that the Fraunhofer ITWM supports with consultation and computing power. They profit in the market through the use of simulation as identification for innovation and quality assurance of their products.
Of course, we also work together with large companies, especially in the motor vehicle sector, in machine construction, the textile industry, in microelectronics, with banks and the computer industry. Consultation in R&D questions, support in the use of high-performance computer technology and provision of custom-tailored software solutions are integral building blocks of our work.
Along with the implementation of this technology in application projects and its further development in research projects, the close collaboration with the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern is also a point of emphasis for the Fraunhofer ITWM.
The classical disciplines of applied mathematics such as
- as well as differential equations
are cornerstones of our work.
The specific competencies of the ITWM are
- Processing of data acquired from experiments and observations
- Drafting of mathematical models
- Implementation of mathematical problem-solving in numerical algorithms
- Summarization of data, models and algorithms in simulation programs
- Optimization of solutions in interaction with the simulation
- Visualization of simulation runs in images and graphics.
Networking of the ITWM
The ITWM is member of the Fraunhofer ICT Group as well as associated member in the Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS. In addition, the good networking within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft documents the participation in numerous Fraunhofer Alliances: Automobile Production, Battery, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Lightweight Design, Simulation, Textile, Traffic and Transportation, and Vision.