Crashworthy Car Body Design - Design, Simulation, Optimization
In the development of a car body different - sometimes conflicting - design requirements have to be met. Fulfilling crash regulations 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. 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.
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.
- Mechanics of crash events
- Accelerations during collisions
- Structural loading during collisions
- Examination of real crash events
- Stability problems
- Design methods
- Functional based design
- Car body design
- CAE conform design
- Crash simulation
- Finite Element modelling of a car body
- Finite Element analysis with explicit methods
- Possibilities and limitations
- Technical implementation of safety measures
- Energy absorbing members
- 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
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.
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