Simulation of High-Performance composite materials in the automobile industry

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In composite manufacturing the simulation of processes and the prediction of manufacturing times are central to delivering high-quality products at an affordable price and avoid trial-and-error procedure in tooling production.

Start date: 01/07/2013

Duration in months: 18

Problem Description

The objective of this experiment was to develop a CAE chain which could tackle the reduction of overall development and production costs through the development of the required CAE chain and the implementation of the associated development loops.


New services


This experiment aimed to develop an integrated virtual process chain to simulate the manufacture of high‐performance composite structures. The objective of this CAE chain was to combine all essential simulation steps to enable integrated product development.

Innovation results

KIT in cooperation with Fraunhofer SCAI has developed a simulation platform that is the base for an integrated workflow to optimise the design of CFRP components that is accessible through a web‐based interface and runs on a Cloud-based-HPC system at Gompute.

Business impact

Formtech anticipates an increase in revenue per annum of 100k€ due to higher competitiveness. KIT estimates that it will increase its annual revenues by around 40k€. Fraunhofer SCAI expects a strongly growing demand for customised CAE development and estimates that it can increase its regular annual licence revenues by 60k€.

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