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Press Release / 3.3.2021

ALMA: Thinking Ahead to Electromobility

E-mobility and lightweight construction are two crucial building blocks of modern vehicle development to drive the energy transition. They are the focus of the ALMA project (Advanced Light Materials and Processes for the Eco-Design of Electric Vehicles). We are working together with eight European organizations to develop more sustainable vehicles. The ITWM supports with mathematical simulation expertise.


Programmable Materials

In various projects in the field »Programmable Materials«, we are researching on how we can give materials new functionalities.


Simulation of PU Foam Expansion in Car Seat Manufacturing

Joint project in cooperation with Fehrer Automotive and Audi in which our software FOAM is used and further developed.



Article in the InnoVisions / 18.2.2021

»Farewell to the coffee break?«

 [Only availalbe in German]

The long waiting times at charging stations for electric vehicles are to become a thing of the past. The article by our colleague Jochen Zausch reports on the »structur.e« project, which is researching methods to improve the performance and charging capability of lithium-ion batteries in cars.


Extension of the battery simulation BEST to a design platform for the virtual development and testing of battery cells / 30.7.2020


In the ABBA-VEEB project, a significantly broader applicable layout platform will be developed and tested based on BEST – both for the virtual design and for the virtual testing of current high-performance batteries for e-mobility.


AIF-Project / 18.6.2020

Simulation of Mechanical Properties of Leather with TexMath

Macroscopically viewed, leather is a highly anisotropic material. Leather is typically processed in car seats, furniture, clothing and shoes. The project presented here - funded by the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) – deals with the prediction of leather properties.


Press Release / 12.5.2020

Recommended Wearing Time of Protection Masks

How long can you wear a protection mask? When will you have to change a soaked mask? Researchers of the Fraunhofer ITWM tackle these question using mathematical models and computer simulations. It is important to take into account not only the type of mask and the filter material, but also the physical stress level and personal features of the wearer.


Multiscale Simulation Method / 30.4.2020

Efficient Multi-Scale Methods for Short Fiber Reinforced Plastics

In industrial applications, components made of short fiber reinforced polymer composites (SFRP) are often subject to cyclic loads. In a cooperation with Bosch, we developed a multiscale simulation method to provide insight into the viscoelastic and fatigue behaviour of these components.


AIF-Project / 24.4.2020

Characterization and Modelling of Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics

The project focuses on the deformation and failure of lightweight construction materials under crash loads. We contribute our simulation expertise to the modeling and characterization of material behavior. In the picture on the left: real component. Right: fiber orientation distribution in the component from the injection molding simulation.


Project ResKin / 21.4.2020

Simulation of Processes in Reservoir Rock

In the ResKin project (reaction kinetics in reservoir rocks), we are investigating the dissolution kinetics of minerals and their interaction with transport processes in rocks, in cooperation with our consortium partners.


Project SOVEB (Simulation-supported Optimization of the Potting Process of Electronic Components) / 8.4.2020

Potting Process Simulation of Electronic Devices

By potting, electronic devices are completely surrounded by particle reinforced polyurethane resins to ensure their reliability. In the SOVEB project we simulate this process using our FLUID software so that industrial enterprises are able to optimize their production steps.


Press Release / 14.4.2020

Using Mathematics to Evaluate and Optimize Catalytic Filters

Catalysts are commonly used to reduce pollutants released in car exhaust. In order to manufacture catalytic filters with even higher efficiency, industry is increasingly relying on innovative mathematical models and machine learning. The Fraunhofer ITWM and its High Performance Center for Simulation and Software Based Innovation are involved in the BMBF joint project.


Project DEFACTO / 13.2.2020

New methods in development and production of battery cells

The DEFACTO project aims to revolutionize cell production for electric vehicles in Europe. Together with the project partners, we are developing a multiphysical and multiscale modeling tool to better understand the material behavior and the manufacturing process of battery cells. 


Reliably Simulating Polyurethane Foams

Car seats, mattresses and insulation materials are often made of polyurethane foams.


Fair / 08. – 10. March 2022


[The event has been rescheduled for March 8-10, 2022.]


FILTECH is the largest and most important filtration event world-wide. This Exhibition is a must for all those concerned with designing, improving, purchasing, selling or researching filtration and separation equipment and services. We are on site with our departments »Flow and Material Simulation« and »Transport Processes« and will gladly provide you with information about our years of experience in the modelling and simulation of filtration, separation and purification processes.

Digitale Conference / 13. – 15.4.2021

ECMI 2021 »Math for Industry 4.0 – Models, Methods and Big Data«

The European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI) conference series is dedicated to strengthening the interaction between academia and industry, leading to innovation in both fields. These events have attracted leading experts from business, academia, and science, and have promoted the application of new mathematical technologies in industry. Some of our experts are also participating in the digital conference this year.


Fair / 12. – 16. 4.2021

HANNOVER MESSE – Digital Edition 2021

HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition is the knowledge and networking platform for the manufacturing industry, the energy sector and logistics. We are part of the Fraunhofer Live Streaming Day with Expert Sessions and Talks on »Quantum Computing« and »Quantum Technology«.


Scientific Staff, Project Manager, Software Developer

If you are interested in solving interesting, up-to-date modeling and simulation tasks for complex technical-scientific questions in the industrial environment, you should contact us.

In current projects with the industry, we are concerned with the flow-dynamic design of filter materials and filter systems, the simulation-based development of fuel cell and battery materials and the thermomechanical behavior of modern composite and hybrid materials.

They work on the latest developments in the efficient numerical treatment of multiscale models for the virtual design of materials and products and can contribute to the development of user-friendly simulation tools.

From all applicants, we expect confident handling of modern programming languages, preferably C ++, interest or experience in software development and object-oriented software design as well as good German and English language skills.


Graduate Assistant

The department »Flow and Materials Simulation« provides interesting tasks for scientific assistants from the main study course in mathematics, engineering sciences or physics. Expect basic knowledge and interest in computational simulation and / or programming competency.