New Trends in Lightweight Structure Design

New Trends in Lightweight Structure Design


Seminar on 11th June 2019 in Zilina, Slovakia


The aim of this state of the art seminar is to examine the simulation of lightweight structure design.

The objective of the event is to give an overview of the applications being carried out by various industrial companies, research centres and universities, working in a variety of sectors.

A lightweight structure is always a result of an optimisation process, which can be based on long time practical experiences, on an intuitive engineering design process or can be a result of a computer aided optimisation process. All these different ways leading to an optimised lightweight structure, have their own limits and difficulties. The design engineers need to develop for themselves the necessary skills to apply optimisation technologies which are fast and robust enough, delivering maybe unusual organic shaped designs. At the same time of course, the simulation engineers must be able to simulate the new production processes to speed up the research work and they need to be able to assess the designs which were built from new materials, just like 3D printed metals or fibre reinforced composites. On top of that, issues must be solved, just like production problems, challenging environmental questions, appearance of undesirable deformation of the lightweight design, decreased robustness, etc.

Even so, the lightweight design becomes more and more important for industry and a significant portion of engineering efforts are devoted to produce lighter products. In some cases, this is a must, the new designs simply need to be light enough to work effectively. This is the case in the automotive industry, aerospace and in architecture for example, where demand is for optimised, light structures in order to able to deliver successful products. In other cases, the lighter weight results in reduced operation costs and also in a strongly reduced carbon footprint during the life span.


  • New and novel state-of-the-art approaches will be described, paying close attention to the requirements for industrially effective solutions. Some of the less well understood aspects of the modelling processes will be discussed, such as;
  • optimisation algorithms,
  • 3D printing – simulation aspects of manufacturing and material strength,
  • composite structures – simulation aspects of manufacturing and material strength,
  • consider challenges for future greater application of lightweight materials and technologies,
  • new materials, which play an important role in light weight structures,
  • approaches to the design of software design systems for lightweight structure design are discussed in the context of system flexibility and effectiveness.

Taking account of the increasing activity in simulation in the eastern Europe region, this seminar will be a good opportunity to discuss this topic and meet with other colleagues working in the same area.


09:00 Registration

Chairman's Introduction & Welcome
David Felhos, NAFEMS EESC Chairman & Tomáš Ivancik, Dassault Systemes CZ s.r.o.

Keynote Presentation: Damage Simulation of Composite Layered Plates Reinforced by Unidirectional Fibers Subjected Low Velocity Impact
Milan Zmindak, University of Zilina

Weight Reducing of Track Rod Arm Structure by Using of Several Optimization Approaches
Laszlo Ivan & Zdenek Cada, SVS FEM, s.r.o.

Refreshment break

Analysis of Human Induced Vibrations on Lightweight Floors
Lengyel Gábor, AXIS VM

Topology Optimiziation Weight Reduction
Richárd Csiszár, Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems Budapest

Lunch break

Keynote Presentation: Key Role of Generative Design and Production-oriented Optimization Approach in Novel Lightweight Metallic and Composite Aerospace Structures
Onur Deniz, APWorks

Advanced Features and Tools for Additive Manufacturing Simulations
Marcin Wierszycki, Budsoft

Refreshment break

New Method for Determining Engineering Constants of Composite Materials
László Takács, eCon Engineering

Analyses and Evaluation of the Composite Sandwich Structure
Peter Labanc, FACC Solutions, s.r.o.

Topology Optimization in Design Process of Construction Machinery
Jan Belan, DJH Engineering Center

General discussion and closing remarks

17:00 Close



University of Zilina
Univerzitna 1
01026 Zilina


GPS: 49°12'8.26"N





Registration invoices will be sent by email in due course, and will include Slovakian VAT.



Event Type: Seminar

Member Price: €30 + Slovakian VAT

Non-Member Price: €50 + Slovakian VAT


Start Date

End Date


11 Jun 2019 11 Jun 2019 Zilina, Slovakia




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Please contact Jo Davenport at NAFEMS if you would like more information.:

tel: +44 (0)1355 225688