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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.

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.



Tampa, Florida, USA, Conference / 15.05. – 18.05.2023

NAFEMS World Conference 2023

We are goint to be at the NAFEMS World Conference 2023, which focuses on engineering simulation and allows experts from different industries and technologies to exchange ideas.

Our colleague Dr. Matthias Kabel, deputy head of the department »Flow and Material Simulation« will hold a lecture titled »Bending Simulations of CFRP Laminates«.


Mainz,Conference / 19.06. – 22.06.2023

13. International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference AABC Europe

We will be at AABC Europe 2023 and our colleague Dr. Falco Schneider from the »Flow and Materials Simulation« department will be there to give a presentation titled »Studying Performance Effects of 3D Electrode Perforation with Electrochemical Impedance Simulations«.


Fair and Conference / 23.05. – 25.05.2213

Battery Show Europe 2023

The Battery Show is one of the meeting points for the European battery community to exchange information about the latest developments and innovations. For our institute, Dr. Konrad Steiner, head of the department »Flow and Material Simulation«, will be present together with a team at the booth of the Fraunhofer Battery Alliance. Dr. Jochen Zausch will give a presentation at the conference there.


Dresden, Conference / 30.05. – 31.05.2023

Fraunhofer Battery Days

We are participating in the Fraunhofer Battery Days – industry-specific networking event – on the topic of »Fast Charging Capability for Electromobility«. Our colleagues Dr. Jochen Zausch and Dr. Falco Schneider from the department »Flow and Material Simulation« are helping to design a interactive workshop on the topic of »Market Stalls«.


POSTPONED to 23.10. – 24.10.2023!


Dresden, Conference / 30.05. – 02.06.2023

GAMM 2023

The Society for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) is an association for the promotion of scientific work. The conference offers an optimal opportunity for international exchange for scientists. Our colleagues from the division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« and the department »Transport Processes« and »Flow and Material Simulation« will be present with several talks.


Taormina, Italien, Konferenz / 30.05. – 01.06.2023

Math 2 Product

M2P 2023 is a platform to discuss the advancement of current and emerging trends in industry, sustainability, and innovation. Our colleague Chaitanya Sanghavi from the »Transportation Operations« department will give a presentation titled »MESHFREE for Industrial Applications: A General Continuum Mechanics Approach«.


Paris, France, Conference / 26.06. – 30.06.2023


This conference focuses on continuum theories and discrete mechanical and thermodynamic systems.

Our colleague Dr. Katja Schladitz from the department »Image Processing« and our colleague Dr. Alexander Leichner from the department »Flow and Material Simulation« will be present with lectures.


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.