Latest News

New Projects and News

 

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.

Press Release / 29.10.2021

4D printing: Heat Shrinks Printed Objects

Printed polymers that change their shape once in a predefined way when heated? This is now possible thanks to a 4D printing technology developed in the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM. 4D manufacturing technologies can be used where workpieces are only to fulfil their task after forming, e.g. in the fields of medical technology, mechanical engineering, automotive or aviation industries. We are part of the Fraunhofer Cluster CPM and provide mathematical simulations for the design of the demonstrator.

 

Press Release / 6.10.2021

Indoor Air: How to Eliminate Viruses Effectively?

This question is now becoming more important as fall approaches. Efficient indoor air purification is essential, especially in schools. Fraunhofer researchers are investigating and optimizing various filter and air purification techniques in the AVATOR project. We are in the project consortium.

Events

 

Düsseldorf, Conference / 24.1.2023

Automotive Seating Innovation 2023

Automotive IQ's 16th International Conference on Seat Innovation directly reflects where the seating industry currently stands.

Our colleague Dr. Konrad Steiner, Department Head of Flow and Material Simulation, will give a presentation on »Multiscale-Simulation for Seat Foam – Optimizing Functionality and Design«

 

Cologne, Fair / 14.02. –16.02.2023

FILTECH 2023

FILTECH is one of the largest filtration exhibitions in the world. It strives for new developments with maximum efficiency and higher qualities in filtration and separation.

With our departments »Flow and Material Simulation« and »Transport Processes« we are on site and inform you about modeling and simulation of filtration and separation processes.

Vacancies

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.