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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.


Press Release / 20.9.2021

Improve Infection Control Clothing

Nonwoven production received more attention than ever before from the general public in Corona times, because the technical textile is crucial for infection protection. The ultra-fine nonwoven products are manufactured in so-called meltblown processes. A cross-departmental team is optimizing the entire production chain in the »ProQuIV« project. 


Press Release / 26.7.2021

Tracking Down Aerosols

How do infectious aerosols spread in supermarkets, airplanes, and other indoor areas where large numbers of people congregate? Researchers from 15 Fraunhofer institutes are investigating this in the »AVATOR« project. We are on board and developing a multiscale simulator.


Short news / 19.7.2021

Test TexMath now!

From now on a demo version of our software tool "TexMath" for the simulation of technical textiles is ready for use and can be tested by interested parties. The team "Technical Textiles" of our department "Flow and Material Simulation" has developed the software solution and is available for inquiries!


Press Release / 1.6.2021

Award for Many Years of Extraordinary Commitment

On 31 May, the board of the International Society for Porous Media (InterPore) will award the »InterPore Meritorious Service Medal« for the first time. The award winner is Prof. Dr. Oleg Iliev from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM. The award honours his many years of extraordinary commitment to the InterPore society.


Press Release / 14.5.2021

Technical Textiles simulated realistically

The »TexMath« software program simulates high-performance textiles, compression or sports clothing.


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.



Lausanne, Switzerland, Conference / 26.6.-30.06.2022

20. European Conference on Composite Materials

The 20th European Conference on Composite Materials brings together participants from academia and industry with a common interest in composite materials. Our colleague M.Sc. Nicola Magino from the department »Flow and Material Simulation« will be present with a presentation.


TU Chemnitz, Conference / 08.06.-10.06.2022

Preconditioning 2022

The aim of the Preconditioning Conference Series is to address the complex issues related to solving general sparse matrix problems in large-scale applications and in industry. Our colleague M.Sc. Falco Schneider will be present with a talk in a mini-symposium.


Oslo, Congress / 5.6. – 9.6.2022

Eccomas Congress 2022

The main objective of the regular congress is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest developments in scientific computing in engineering. An expert from our MESHFREE team, Dr. Anand Bharadwaj, will contribute to the program with a presentation.


Symposium / 14. - 16.3.2022

ModVal 2022

At the symposium around the topic of electrochemical technologies, our expert of the department »Flow and Material Simulation«, Falco Schneider, will introduce our work and research in the focus of electrochemistry and batteries. He will present his poster titled »An Efficient Numerical Solver for SEI Degradation in Li-Ion Batteries« on March 15th starting at 4:30 pm.

Fair / 08. – 10. March 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«, »Transport Processes« and »Image Processing« and will gladly provide you with information about our years of experience in the modelling and simulation of filtration, separation and purification processes.

Digital Workshop / 6. – 9.9.2021

Applied Mathematics and Simulation for Semiconductors and Electrochemical Systems

AMaSiS 2021 is an interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to mathematical modeling of semiconductors and electrochemical systems.

One of our experts of the department »Flow and Material Simulation«, Falco Schneider, contributes to the programme with a poster on the topic »Improving Efficiency of a Numerical Solver for Microscopic Li-Ion Battery Simulation including SEI Degradation«.

Digital Seminar / 16. – 17.6.2021

NAFEMS Seminar

The seminar is intended to provide an overview of the state of the art of the interaction of test and simulation in product development, which is far more extensive than the experimental determination of parameters for the simulation or the pure validation of the results.We are digitally on site with a presentation by our expert Dr. Hannes Grimm-Strele from the department »Flow and Material Simulation«.


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.