Latest News

Here we will inform you about the latest research topics, upcoming events and other news of the department.



From PhD Candidate to Permanent Staff

Since its establishment, our institute has continually offered scholarships for PhD candidates in cooperation with TU Kaiserslautern and other universities, which can lead to the award of a PhD in just over three years. Because of the close relationships to the supervisors, this program strengthens the research orientation of our department.

In addition, the program provides excellent job opportunities for the doctoral candidates while representing a potential source of outstanding qualified employees for the department. The two new staff members for 2017, Jaroslaw Wlazlo and Tobias Seifarth, successfully completed their doctorates in Kaiserslautern and Kassel.


Job Offers


Scientific Assistants/Interns

We are always looking for student assistants and interns with good programming skills, especially in C/C++, Python, or Matlab. We offer a variety of practical activities in our projects. In addition, other large software packages (for example, dSpace, Labview) are often used, where the possibility exists. The remuneration is to be agreed upon.

Latest Releases


Short News / 23.05.2023

Lecture on the Virtual Design of Nonwovens Production Processes

At INDEX 2023, our colleague Dr. Andre Schmeißer from the department »Transport Processes« gave a lecture on »Show Cases for Virtual Design of Nonwovens Production Processes«.

The recording of the lecture can be viewed here:


Shortnews / 28.3.2023

»Corona in RLP – A Wastewater Study«

With wastewater analyses on Corona and the scientific accompanying study »Observation and Early Warning System for SARS-CoV-2 Infections« (»SentiSurv«), scientists of our division »Optimization« and the department »Transport Processes« investigate the transition of the pandemic to endemicity in Rhineland-Palatinate (RLP).


Press Release / 27.2.2023

Faster to Reliable PCR Test Result

It sounds fun, but it is serious science, and that is why it is being funded by the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Science and Health: FAST-MoPPS is the name of a new project for the development of mobile PCR tests. Ministerial Director Daniel Stich handed over the funding notification to the two Fraunhofer Institutes involved, IMM and ITWM, in Mainz.


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.


Article / 27.4.2022

Reporting Delay and Fewer Tests

Omicron appears to be pushing Corona statistics to their limits. The incidence is increasingly inaccurate, and the hospitalization rate lags behind. Experts therefore warn against being blinded by the current figures.

Our team around Dr. Jan Mohring supports with mathematics and simulation to approach the current dark figure in Germany. Read more in the Hessenschau article:


Press Release / 20.4.2022

Innovative Simulation for the Food Industry

Whether cleaning, stirring, kneading or injection processes – MESHFREE can be used to reliably simulate food technology processes. The software product developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer SCAI uses grid-free simulations to map physical processes. This year, the institutes will again be represented at Anuga FoodTec from April 26 to 29 in Hall 7.1 at Stand A049.


Video / 4.4.2022

Air Filter for Good Weather

[The Video is only available in German] Employees of our institute are conducting joint research with IANUS and Fraunhofer IBP on the positioning of air purifiers. With the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and simulation, the placement is to be optimized. Not only the well-known weather expert Sven Plöger, but also our colleague Dr. Christian Leithäuser has his say in the video. 


Press Release / 23.3.2022

Ministerial Director hands over funding notification for ENERDIG

The efficient use of energy is becoming increasingly important. The state government of Rhineland-Palatinate also wants to combat climate change and is therefore promoting our »ENERDIG« project. Ministerial Director Daniel Stich handed over the funding notification to Institute Director Anita Schöbel and Project Manager Dietmar Hietel. [Only available in German]


Fraunhofer-Podcast / 14.3.2022

Podcast »Pandemic Modeling«

[only available in German] With the help of mathematical models, our researchers can look a few weeks into the future of the pandemic.

In this episode of the Fraunhofer Podcast, they not only explain how to use mathematics to build a pandemic glass sphere, but also answer the question of when the pandemic will finally be over.


Article hessenschau / 20.1.2022

Corona Incidences: Is Now Only the Dark Figure Increasing?

[only available in German]

Omicron continues to spread. Nevertheless, the increase in incidence numbers may soon come to a halt: PCR testing capacity is approaching its limit – and so is the incidence that can theoretically be measured at all. Expert Dr. Jan Mohring deals with this dark figure and gives insights to hessenschau:


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.

Fairs & Events


Geneva, Switzerland, Fair / 18.04. – 21.04.2023

INDEX 2023

INDEX is the largest nonwovens exhibition and brings together all the key players in the dynamic field of nonwovens in one place. Our colleagues from the department »Transport Processes« will be on site with topics related to spinning and various production processes, as well as a presentation on »Show Cases for Virtual Design of Nonwovens Production Processes«.


Online, Workshop / 19.04.2023

Workshop »Digital Twin: Network Optimization and Extension«

As part of a network project at Hof University of Applied Sciences, our colleagues Dr. Jan Mohring, Dr. Matthias Eimer and Johanna Heidrich from the department »Transport Processes« will give a lecture entitled »Dynamic Simulation and Optimization with AD-Net Heat« in an online workshop on the topic of »Digital Twin: Network Optimization and Extension«.


Hanau, Fair / 25.04. – 26.04.2023

Automotive CAE Grand Challenge

The Automotive CAE Grand Challenge promotes the exchange between companies, science and software development to solve these challenges. Our colleague Dr. Jörg Kuhnert from the department »Transport Processes« will be present at a booth of our distribution partner scapos AG.


Online, Conference / 12.05.2023

Lecture Series »Digitization in District Heating«

The event series offers a format in which companies can present themselves and district heating utilities can inform. Our colleagues Dr. Jan Mohring, Dr. Matthias Eimer and Johanna Heidrich from the department »Transport Processes« will give a presentation entitled »Dynamic Simulation and Optimization with AD-Net District Heating«.


Taormina, Italy, Conference / 30.05. – 01.06.2023

Math 2 Product (M2P) 2023

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


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.


Milan, Italy, Fair / 8.6. – 14.6.2023

ITMA 2023

ITMA is the largest international trade fair for textile and apparel technology. Our colleague Dr. Dietmar Hietel, head of department »Transport Processes« represents our institute together with a team on site. In hall 3 at booth A303, our experts will inform about the topics »Fluid Dynamics Shape Optimization« and »AI for textiles«, among others, as well as about the ITWM products »VISPI« and »FIDYST«.


Digital Seminar / 14.06. – 15.06.2023

MESHFREE-Course for Advanced Users

MESHFREE can be used to simulate a wide range of situations as it efficiently adapts to moving geometry elements such as mixer agitators or the movement of free surfaces. In the course, participants will learn how MESHFREE can be used to simulate and analyze the paths that water takes when crossing a vehicle or when exposed to rain.