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Press Release / 27.11.2023

Developing Optimal Foam Components With Simulation

The Foam Expo trade fair, which takes place in Stuttgart from December 5 to 7, promises new connections and new insights. Our researchers are taking the latter literally: the FOAM software enables insights into the microstructure of a wide variety of foams. The tool will be presented in Hall 1 at Booth 250.


Press Release / 17.3.2023

Minister Clemens Hoch hands over funding decisions for »QUIP« and »MaTBiZ«

Science Minister Clemens Hoch brought two funding decisions to Kaiserslautern to support Quantum Initiative Rhineland-Palatinate (QUIP) and the project MaTBiZ.


Research News / 2.1.2023

Shape Change at the Push of a Button

Programmable materials are true shape-shifters. At the push of a button, they change their properties in a controlled and reversible manner and adapt independently to new conditions. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM are developing such programmable materials and bringing them to market together with industrial partners.


Research News / 1.12.2022

ProQuIV Optimizes the Production of Nonwoven Masks

Producing infection control clothing requires a lot of energy and uses lots of material resources. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technology which helps to save materials and energy when producing nonwovens.


IVW-Article / 1.12.2022

ITWM Participation in the Project »ML4SIM«

Fiber-reinforced plastics play a key role in emission reduction due to their lightweight potential. The structural complexity of fiber structures leads to major challenges. In the joint project »ML4SIM« with the Leibniz Institute for Composite Materials (IVW), we are developing effective multiscale simulation methods to account for and understand these.


Press Release / 27.7.2022

Minister Hands Over Funding Certificate for »MultiskalenBEV«

[only available in German]
In the project »MultiskalenBEV«, researchers are focusing on customized and intelligent solutions in the virtual product development of e-vehicles. The project is funded by the Ministry of Science and Health of Rhineland-Palatinate. Yesterday, Minister Clemens Hoch handed over the funding certificate.


BMBF Brochure / 26.7.2022

Battery Research Brochure

The new german brochure »Battery Research in Germany – Materials, Processes, Cell Manufacturing« from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides an overview of selected initiatives and various projects. Our expert Dr. Jochen Zausch is included with a statement on battery research and computer simulations on page eight. [only available in German]


InnoVisions / 21.6.2022

Faster with Quantum Algorithms

The development of new composite materials is precision work. The micrometer-sized structures of the high-performance materials must later ensure the functionality, durability and safety of complex components for aircraft fuselages, wind turbine rotors or in buildings. We already have excellent mathematical methods. One problem lies with computation time. Is the solution quantum computing? Will it soon make everything much faster? [only available in German]



Short news / 23.5.2022

Application »MePrecise« in the final

Our institute director Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel is co-speaker at the future cluster initiative »Clusters4Future«. The focus of our competition contribution »MePrecise« is on ultra-precision and microtechnologies. The final selection will take place in summer 2022. 


Short News / 23.3.2022

ALMA-Project Video

Our experts Dr. Konrad Steiner and Dr. Hannes Grimm-Strele talk in the video as part of the »Meet the Partners« campaign about what makes the ALMA project so special, what expertise we bring to the project and why we as partners are convinced that this will bring us a little closer to more sustainable driving. 


Textil Network Article / 12.1.2022

Virtual Quality Inspection for Filter Nonwovens

[Only available in German]

Nonwoven production received more public attention than ever, because the technical textile is crucial for infection control. The ultra-fine nonwoven products are produced in meltblown processes. An team of the Fraunhofer ITWM is optimizing the entire production chain in the ProQuIV project.



Stuttgart / Fair / 05.12. – 07.12.2023

Foam Expo Europe

Foam Expo Europe is the largest free trade fair and conference for engineering foams and their manufacturing processes in Europe. 

Our experts from the department »Flow and Material Simulation« will inform about our research on site. In addition, our colleague Dr. Dariusz Niedziela will give a presentation.


Online / Digital Conference/ 16.11.2023

Lightweight TechTalk

On 16 November, the Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Design (AZL) will host a digital Lightweight TechTalk.

Our expert Dr Hannes Grimm-Strele from the department »Flow and Material Simulation« will give a talk entitled »Optical Measurement of Fiber Orientation and Its Influence on the Mechanical Behavior«.


Dresden, Conference / 23.10. – 24.10.2023

Fraunhofer Battery Days

The Fraunhofer Battery Days are organized by the Fraunhofer Battery Alliance and aim to connect researchers and experts from various companies in the battery sector on the topic of »fast-charging batteries« and offer them the opportunity to exchange ideas. Our colleagues Dr. Jochen Zausch and Dr. Falco Schneider from the department »Flow and Material Simulation« are organizing an interactive workshop.


Tuttlingen / Conference / 19.10.2023

Innovation Forum Medical Technology 2023

The Innovations Forum Medizintechnik is designed to bring together experts from the medical technology industry and thus enable them to exchange ideas with each other. Lectures, presentations and discussions take place. In addition, there is an accompanying exhibition of renowned companies and institutes, which inform about the latest innovations.


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.


Doctoral Candidates

The department »Flow and Material Simulation«  enables to graduate in a variety of interesting fields of application:

  • AI-assisted multi-scale framework for optimal infiltration of fiber-reinforced composites
  • Asymptotic analysis and simulation-based design of additively manufactured material structures and technical textiles
  • Deep Material Networks for multi-scale simulation of composites and metamaterials
  • End-to-end modeling and simulation of the production and application behavior of foams as damping or insulation materials
  • Data-supported multi-scale modeling, simulation and optimisation of apparatus and processes in separation technology (filtration, separation, treatment)
  • Highly efficient battery simulation models for the regional, usage-dependent online prediction of energy requirements of electric vehicles

More information can be found here.


Graduate Assistant

In addition, our department has 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.


The remuneration takes place after consultation.