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Crashworthy and Lightweight Car Body Design


In the development of a car body different - sometimes conflicting - design requirements have to be met. Depending on the intended drive unit, the fulfilling of the crash regulations considering the lightweight principles is a key task. Therefore, it is mandatory that designers have a good understanding of the crash behavior of mechanical structures. The combination of knowledge about mechanics and the ability to use modern design tools allows for an efficient development process without unnecessary design iterations.

Who should attend?

This 2 day course addresses designers, test and simulation engineers as well as project leaders and managers working in car body development and analysis.

Course Objectives

The objective of the seminar is to present new methods for crashworthy car body design. At the beginning of the course the mechanical phenomena of crash events will be discussed. Subsequently modern development methods (CAD design and crash simulation) will be treated. Thereafter modern implementations of safety design measures will be presented. Mathematical optimization of structural design - which is increasingly used in industry - will be covered at the end of the course.

Course Contents

  • Mechanics of crash events
    • Accelerations during collisions
    • Structural loading during collisions
    • Examination of real crash events
    • Stability problems
    • Plasticity
  • Lightweight principles for the car body design
    • Lightweight design rules
    • Car body design
    • CAE conform design
  • Crash simulation
    • Finite Element modeling of a car body
    • Finite Element analysis with explicit methods
    • Possibilities and limitations
  • Technical implementation of safety measures
    • Energy absorbing members
    • Car bodies
    • Electric car bodies
    • Safety systems
    • Pedestrian protection
    • Post crash
  • Use of mathematical optimization procedures in real world applications
    • Approximation techniques
    • Optimization software & strategies
    • Shape and topology optimization

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher
University of Wuppertal

Schumacher Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher studied mechanical engineering at the universities of Duisburg and Aachen. He received his doctorate on structural optimization from the University of Siegen. Following research projects for Airbus were focused on the optimization of aircraft structures. Thereafter he worked in the CAE methods development department of Adam Opel AG as project leader for structural optimization. From 2003 - 2012 he was a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg and taught structural design, passive safety and structural optimization. Since 2012 he has been professor at the University of Wuppertal, where he holds the chair for optimization of mechanical structures.

Date Language Price Code
01 Dec - 02 Dec 2021 English 1340 EUR  (1590 EUR from 04 Nov 2021 ) 3784
Alzenau ( gmbh, Siemensstraße 12, 63755 Alzenau) » Register
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher (University of Wuppertal)
Seminar hours  
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Date Language Price Code
04 Apr - 05 Apr 2022 Deutsch 1340 EUR  (1590 EUR from 08 Mar 2022 ) 3864
Alzenau ( gmbh, Siemensstraße 12, 63755 Alzenau) » Register
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher (University of Wuppertal)
Seminar hours  
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00

This course is available as an in-house seminar. The trainer comes to your site - you save travel expenses and travel time. Get an offer.

Your contact person

Dr. Dirk Ulrich
Phone.: 06023 - 96 40 - 66

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