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Short News Cooperation / 06.02.2024

Optimizing Airlay Technology With Simulation

Nonwovens play a key role in many industries, for example in the automotive and healthcare sectors. In production, simulations help to further develop the important airlay technology for staple fibres. In the ongoing cooperation with bematic® and Siriotek, we are jointly optimising the carding machines in this process.


Shortnews / 27.9.2023

Dr. Sebastian Blauth wins ICT Dissertations Award

For his work entitled "Adjoint-Based Shape Optimization and Optimal Control with Applications to Microchannel Systems", Dr. Sebastian Blauth, from the department "Transport Processes" received this year's first place ICT Dissertation Award of the Fraunhofer Group IUK Technology.


Interview Fall School of the Felix-Klein-Akademie 2023 / 08.09.2023

»Go for it! Give it a try!«

At the Fall School 2023, Johanna Heidrich gave a detailed account of her everyday work and her math career so far to the scholarship holders in the context of the lecture series »Study, PhD, Work at the University and at Fraunhofer ITWM«.

We took the opportunity to interview her:


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.


Annual Report 2021/2022 Has Been Published

The highlight projects from our department in the current annual report can be downloaded here as a PDF:

Fairs & Events


Hanau / Fair / 16.04. – 17.04.2024

Automotive CAE Grand Challenge

The Automotive CAE Grand Challenge promotes the exchange between companies, science and software development to solve these challenges.

Our colleagues from the departments »Transport Processes« and »Flow and Material Simulation« will be on site.


Berlin and Online / Hybrid Symposium / 22.04. – 23.04.2024

Symposium on Disaster Prevention

Together with our project partners, we are offering an online workshop as part of the conference. Marvin Schulte from the department »Transport Processes« will give a presentation entitled »The SEMSAI Research Project – Predicting the Development of Pandemics«.


Frankfurt am Main / Fair / 23.04. – 26.04.2024

TechTextil 2024

At TechTextil in Frankfurt am Main, international exhibitors will be showcasing the entire spectrum of technical textiles, nonwovens, functional apparel textiles and textile technologies. Our experts from the »Transport Processes« and »Flow and Material Simulation« departments will also be on site this year.


Fürstenfeldbruck / Fair / 07.05 – 08.05.2024 2024

Under the motto » in transition«, transformation processes in the field of fluid and energy systems will be discussed and participants will take part in topic-specific presentations. Our experts Dr. Isabel Michel and Dr. Jörg Kuhnert from the department »Transport Processes« will be there with the presentation »MESHFREE simulations for spray applications: Coupling 3D modeling with efficient shallow water approaches«.


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Kaiserslautern / University Information Event / 08.06.2024

Tag der Mathematik (Day of Mathematics)

As an institute, we will be represented with an information booth where we will present career opportunities and everyday working life at the Fraunhofer ITWM. Experts from the departments will also give four presentations under the motto »Mathematics in Thirty Minutes – A Quick Insight Into the Exciting World of Applied Mathematics at the Fraunhofer ITWM«.


Bamberg / Conference / 10.06. – 12.06.2024

NAFEMS DACH Conference 2024

The conference offers an independent and comprehensive range of information and networking opportunities in the field of numerical simulation methods (CAE).

Our expert Dr. Fabian Castelli from the department »Transport Processes« will be on site at the stand of our sales partner »scapos AG« to present our simulation software »MESHFREE«.


Digital Seminar / 18.06. – 19.06.2024


The workshop is aimed at anyone who has previously completed the »Introduction to MESHFREE« course.

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 it is exposed to rain.

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.