March 31 - April 1, 2015   |   Congress Park Hanau, Germany

automotive CAE Grand Challenge 2015

In the last 20 years computer simulation has become an indispensable tool in automotive development. Tremendous progress in software and computer technology makes it possible today to assess product and process performance before physical prototypes have been built. Applications of computer simulation cover nearly all aspects of product and process design.

Challenges in virtual vehicle development

Despite of significant progress in simulation technology and impressive results in industrial application there remains a number of challenges which prevent a “100% digital prototyping”.

Grand Challenge as a platform for dialog

The automotive CAE Grand Challenge stimulates the exchange between users, scientists and software developers in order to solve these challenges. Annually the current challenges in automotive CAE are being identified through a survey among simulation experts of the automotive industry. In the conference one session will be dedicated to each of the most critical challenges, the “Grand Challenges”. In each session CAE experts from industry, research and software development will explain the importance of the individual Challenge for the virtual development process and talk about their efforts to solve the challenge.


Grand Challenges 2015

Following the concept of the conference series, the most important current challenges of the automotive CAE - the so-called “Grand Challenges” - have been determined through a web-based survey among the CAE experts of the international automotive industry in November 2014. These "Grand Challenges" form the topics of the sessions of our automotive CAE Grand Challenge 2015 conference:

  • CAE general: Material testing, modeling & data management for thick walled (e.g. casted) light weight alloys
  • Crash: Failure models for point connections (multi-material design)
  • Fatigue: Influence of manufacturing processes on durability
  • NVH: Acoustic material parameters (testing, characterization)
  • Occupant safety: Airbag simulation (OOP, side, multi-chamber): Unfolding, contacts, gas dynamics, FSI
  • Sheet metal forming: Material models for metals including failure
  • SpecialSession: Face the HPC challenge

Program Committee

The first automotive CAE Grand Challenge has been held in spring 2009. Since then we have successfully conducted 6 conferences. The concept of the conference and the questionnaires of the first yearly surveys for the identification of the challenges of automotive CAE have been developed by To further improve the concept of the conference and to ensure the up-to-dateness and industrial relevance of the topics of the yearly survey we have introduced a program committee in 2013. The program committee is made up of renowned CAE experts from OEMs, suppliers, engineering consultants, education and research thus representing all stake holders of automotive CAE.

We are honored to introduce the members of the program committee:

  • Dr. Bernd Fachbach - Kompetenzzentrum - Das virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Achim Fellhauer – TRW Automotive Safety Systems GmbH
  • Dr. Axel Hänschke - Ford-Werke GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Lothar Harzheim – Adam Opel AG
  • Udo Jankowski – TECOSIM GmbH
  • Dr. Robert Schilling – Ford-Werke GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Schumacher – Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • Christian Stender – Volkswagen AG
  • Alexander-Frederic Walser – ASC-S e.V.