Simulating Composite Materials and Structures


Simulating Composite
Materials and Structures

17 – 18 November 2015
Stockholm, Sweden

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Composite structures or components are increasingly used as primary load.The successful application of Finite Element methods for the design of components and structures which are made of modern materials strongly depends on the ability of the designer to choose the correct lay up, fiber orientation etc. The development of numerical methods and faster computers, better design criteria etc. makes it much more economically efficient than experimental testing - although that experimental test in some extent is still needed.

Embedded in the quest to computerize composite designs is also a challenge of capturing global as well as local effects. In fact, understanding of the micro scale failure scenarios, i.e. brittle and ductile fracture, progressive cracking, debonding, delamination, etc, is a prerequisite to enable building of macro scale modeling techniques which can readily be used in product development. It is anticipated that an increased use of these materials, together with advanced Finite Element analysis (FEA) methods to predict the limits of structural integrity more precisely, lies ahead.carrying structures in nearly all fields of our society, taking advantage of the increased structural strength and stiffness to weight ratios, corrosion resistance, or more innovative design capability that composites bring.

The nature of the composite used can range from cheap and freely available glass fiber reinforced systems to exotic and specifically tailored carbon, aramid or even metal/matrix systems, with many forms of manufacturing process available.

The design may include thick composite sections with large numbers of plies, there may be regions of significant ply drop off, sandwich construction and also bonded joints. In this case the strength prediction may become very difficult and can often only be solved with the incorporation of advanced experimental tests.

The seminar is intended as a forum for experts in the area of prediction and modeling of composite structures by using finite element analysis (FEA). The event is accompanied by an exhibition of engineering software, computer systems, and related consultancy services. A comprehensive review of the current state-of-the-art and trends as well as of future challenges will thus be accessible to participants.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Stockholm.


Agenda – 17 November 2015

 Welcome and NAFEMS Introduction
T. Morris, R. Oswald(NAFEMS)

Current and Future Trends in Composites Simulation
J. Granlund (Dassault Simulia Sweden, SWE)

Modeling Short Fiber Reinforced Plastics with Digimat at Volvo Car Corporation
M. Landervik (DYNAmore Nordic, SWE); J. Jergeus (Volvo Car Corporation, SWE)

Coffee Break

Pre- and Postprocessing of a Laminated Composite B-Pilar Component using ANSA & META
I. Nerantzis (BETA CAE Systems, GRE)

Using Experimental Test Data in the Analysis of Laminated Structures
A. Mönicke (Componeering, FIN)

The Effect of Numerical Parameters on Debond Analysis
J. Jokinen, M. Wallin (Aalto University, FIN)

Study of Shear Dominant Delamination in Thin Brittle-High Ductile Interface
M. Shafiqul Islam, D. Zhang, N. Mehmood, S. Kao-Walter
(Blekinge Institute of Technology, SWE)

17:30   Come together in the exhibition area

Agenda – 18 November

Design Optimization of a Composite Car Body
A. Mönicke, H. Katajisto (Componeering, FIN); J. Väisänen (AaltoUniversity, FIN); 
H. Santamala (University of Applied Sciences Helsinki, FIN); M. Perillo (EnginSoft, ITA)

An Efficient Semi-Automated Optimization Approach for (Lattice) Composite Structures
L. Pavlov (ATG Europe, NED)
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Application of an Evolutionary Algorithm to Optimize Continuous Fiber Patches in Hybrid Fiber Composite Structures
B. Fengler, L. Kärger, A. Hrymak, F. Henning (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), GER)

Developing Ultra-Lightweight, High Performance Road Bikes
K. Fisher (Altair Engineering Sweden, SWE)

Coffee Break

High Cycle Fatigue Calculation in Delamination using VCCT
P. Nordlund (MSC.Software, SWE)

Modelling Compression of Uni-Directional Composite Materials
L. P. Mikkelsen, S. T. Koutsos (Technical University of Denmark, DEN)

Design of Composite High Lift and Load Control and Alleviation Devices for a Natural Laminar Flow Wing
Y. Lemmens (Siemens PLM Software, BEL); M. Barile (Novotech); 
N. Koklas (Hellenic Aerospace Industry)

Lunch Break

3D Thermo-Mechanical Model Based Simulationof the Welding of Thermoplastic Composite Tape using Automated Tape Laying (ATL) Process
Y. Duplessis Kergomard, L. Dufort (ESI Group, FRA); B. Satheesh, R. Schledjewski (Montanuniversität Leoben, AUT)

Reconstruction Order of the Orientation Distribution Function Depending on Fibres Orientation Distribution Character
M. Eik, J. Puttonen (Aalto University School of Engineering, FIN); 
H. Herrmann (Tallinn University of Technology, EST)

Finite Element Simulation of Porous FibrousMaterials: Fiber Structure Generation and Meshing Approaches
L. Chapelle (Rockwool International A/S / DTU Wind Energy, DEN); 
P. Brøndsted, Y. Kusano (DTU Wind Energy, DEN); 
M. R. Foldschack (Rockwool International A/S, DEN)

Wrap-Up and Farwell
J. Granlund (Dassault Systémes, SWE)

End of seminar

Technical Coordination

Jan Granlund (Dassault Systémes Simulia)
member of the NAFEMS NORDIC Steering Committee.

Specifications for Presentations

  • Abstract submission deadline (title, author(s), half page): 17 Sept. (ext.)
  • Extended abstract submission (1-2 pages) for proceedings: 16 October
  • Presentation length: 25 min.
  • Presentation language: English

If you have any questions regarding your presentation please contact us. After notification we will provide more information as well as templates which you please use to prepare the extended abstract.

Location & Hotel Accommodation

Radisson Blu Arlanda Airport Conference
Pelargången 1, 190 45 Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

  • Infopoint:
    1 table + own poster or pop-up display:
    4,350 SEK plus 25 % Swedish VAT
  • Booth space:
    3 x 2 m, incl. 1 table, chairs
    6.500 SEK plus 25 % Swedish VAT
  • All booth staff need to register as regular attendees.
  • Sponsoring: several opportunities are available (see pdf below)

Registration Fees

  •  NAFEMS members:
    NAFEMS members can apply seminar credits towards free attendance at this event. This event requires 3 seminar credits per delegate.
  • NAFEMS member, but no more seminar credits available:
    3,700 SEK plus 25 % Swedish VAT
  • NAFEMS non-members:
    5,100 SEK plus 25 % Swedish VAT

Note: These fees include attendance at the seminar, one copy of the proceedings, lunch on one day, break refreshments, and beverages & snacks in the evening of the first day. Hotel accommodation is not included.

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Agenda - Invitation

Call for Papers


Events - Cancellation Policy

Please note NAFEMS cancellation policy for all DACH events is as follows:

  • Cancellation up to 3 weeks before the event date: free of charge;

  • Cancellation up to 1 week before the event date: 75% of registration fee non-refundable;

  • Cancellation up to 1 week before the event date: all seminar credits non-refundable;

  • No show at the event: 100% of registration fee non-refundable;

NAFEMS will discuss the possibility of transferring to an alternative event/course, however an administration charge will be applicable.

This policy is subject to change.