April 17–18, 2018   |   Congress Park Hanau, Germany

automotive CAE Grand Challenge

In the last 30 years computer simulation has become an indispensable tool of 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.

Challenges in virtual vehicle development

Despite of significant progress in simulation technology and impressive results in industrial application there remains a number of challenges.

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. In the conference one session is dedicated to each of the most critical challenges, the “Grand Challenges”.

Current critical challenges of automotive CAE

The Grand Challenges from the survey form the topics of the sessions of the automotive CAE Grand Challenge 2018

  • CAE general: CAE process supporting the development of physical prototypes
  • Crash: Overload and crash behavior of battery packs
  • Durability: Fatigue analysis of plastics and composites
  • Materials: Failure models for cast aluminum parts in crash
  • NVH: Prediction of engine and gear noise of electrical drives
  • Optimization & robustness: Robust design through numerical analysis
  • Safety: Meshing, folding and pre-processing of airbags


In the sessions CAE experts from industry, research and software development will explain the importance of the individual Grand Challenge for the virtual car development process and report on their efforts to overcome the challenge.