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Advances in Structural Dynamic Simulation

Advances in Structural Dynamic Simulation

Online Seminar

29 - 30 March 2022

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Invitation & Agenda (see below)

NAFEMS, the International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community is hosting an international seminar designed to showcase Structural Dynamic Simulation.

Structural dynamic simulations at all stages of product development and research are part of the standard procedures in almost all areas of industry. The numerical methods that are used to simulation dynamic events are relatively mature but new capabilities are constantly appearing that allows more complex behaviour to be represented. Higher operating loads, rotational speeds, speeds, lightweight structures, extreme application requirements (natural disasters, accidents, and terrorist attacks), comfort properties (acoustics and vibrations), etc. require a safe and economical design of machines, transport systems, components, plants and buildings with the help of structural dynamic simulations. In addition to the functional, comfort and safety aspects, there are also stricter occupational safety and health regulations that give rise to structural dynamic analyses of constructions.

The use of model reduction techniques allows larger models to be analysed in a time efficient manner, helping dynamic analysis to be more easily integrated into the design process. Model updating technologies and validation with measurements allows high qualified modelling for the simulation methods. Theory, software, and hardware (e.g., HPC and measurement systems) developments have opened up many possibilities for realistic modelling and simulations in structural dynamics. In particular, the combination of FEM, MBD, DEM and acoustic programs, that could incorporate a wide variety of physical and nonphysical inputs, has considerably expanded the possibilities of mapping real relationships of entire systems and complex structures. The boundaries between the different dynamic simulation toolkits have become blurred and the engineer now has a range of options to choose from when tackling a problem. As the range of applications that can be tackled by the different toolkits increased, it provides the opportunity to chain different methods together, to go beyond component and part simulation and start to analyse the whole dynamic system.

The online seminar will be of interest to all engineers using software codes to solve structural dynamic problems. Presenters will be demonstrating how their organisation uses Dynamic Simulation.

Dynamic Simulation comes with unique challenges and the event will:

  • investigate how AI/ML techniques can help interrogate and make sense of the huge data set of results produced by dynamic simulation.
  • demonstrate how to optimise in a dynamic environment
  • establish how organisations are integrating their dynamic simulation and test capabilities

This online seminar provides an opportunity to gain an appreciation for the wide range of methods that organisations are leveraging it design better products that operate in dynamic environments.

The seminar will include a keynote presentation, several technical presentations, sponsor presentations, round table discussions and exhibits.

We look forward to meeting you virtually at the online seminar.

Your NAFEMS team


29 March 2022
(time zone: CEST, central european summer time = UTC+2 (Berlin))

Welcome & Introduction
M. Zehn (Vice Chair NAFEMS Council, TU Berlin); A. R. Oswald (NAFEMS)

Keynote presentation:
Reduction Techniques for Large Non-Linear Finite Element Models: Recent Developments
D. J. Rixen (Technical University Munich)

Analysis of Numerical Crash Simulation Data using Data Science
N. Ballal (Fraunhofer-Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI)

Quo Vadis Crash Simulation: Do we Still Need the Physical Twin?
A. Haufe (DYNAmore)


Using Implicit Solution to Simulate Explicit Problems in Aerospace
J. Bold (Boeing Research & Technology – Europe)

Dynamics of Prestressed Assemblies
R. Helfrich (Intes)

X-Ray Computed Tomography Based Finite Element Modelling of Short Fibre Injection Moulded Structural Automotive Interior Parts
R. M. Auenhammer (Chalmers Univ. of Technology / Technical Univ. of Denmark); A. Prajapati (Univ. of Manchester / Volvo Car); L. P. Mikkelsen (Technical Univ. of Denmark); R. Gutkin (Volvo Car / Chalmers Univ. of Technology); L. E. Asp (Chalmers Univ. of Technology)


Machine Learning Methods for Model Updating of FEM Models in Vibroacoustics
T. Gohlke, M. Bopp, A. Albers (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology IPEK); N. Wagner (Intes); S. Slavetinsky (Renumics)

A New Gear Contact Method for the Tooth Contact Analysis of Spiral Bevel Gear Drives in Multibody Simulations
M. Vivet, T. Tamarozzi (Siemens PLM Software / KU Leuven); J. Verhoogen, P. Jiránek (Siemens PLM Software)

Wrap-up Day1
M. Zehn (Vice Chair NAFEMS Council, TU Berlin)

End of day 1


30 March 2022
(time zone: CEST, central european summer time = UTC+2 (Berlin)

Welcome & Introduction Day 2
M. Zehn (Vice Chair NAFEMS Council, TU Berlin)

A Simplification and Optimization Approach for Vehicle Crashworthiness Analysis: Application on the NCAP MPDB Crash Test
P. Lualdi, M. Schäffer, R. Sturm (German Aerospace Center (DLR))

New Concept of Geometry-Based Finite Element Model Generation for Crash Simulation within the Graph- and Heuristic-Based Topology Optimisation
T. Pohl (Stellantis)

Analysis and Verification of a Pyroshock Simulation Test System
A. I. Kucukbayram (STFC RAL Space); M. B. Ozer (Middle East Technical University (METU))

Model-Based Structure Monitoring Approach for Remaining Service Life Estimation and Data-Driven Damage Localization
A. Mösenbacher (Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH)


All Torque, No Action: Development of a Technique to Efficiently Model the Preloaded Bolted Joint Behaviour of Structures with Large Numbers of Bolts
H. Stevens, M. Good (Frazer-Nash Consultancy)

Dynamic Analysis in the Frequency or the Time Domain?
C. Katz (Sofistik)

An Accurate Finite-Element Representation of Pharmaceutical Powder Compaction
D. van der Haven, J. A. Elliott (University of Cambridge); F. Ørtoft, K. Naelapää, I. Fragkopoulos (Novo Nordisk)

Seminar Wrap-up
M. Zehn (Vice Chair NAFEMS Council, TU Berlin)

End of seminar


* Preliminary agenda - the event agenda is subject to change. 




Sponsor Package Registration.pdf

  • 10 min. sponsor presentation slot in the main session
  • Opportunity to host a virtual round table discussion
    (note: topic must receive pre-approval from the event organizer ahead of the event start date)
  • Attendance of two staff members at the event
  • Two free customer registrations
  • Inclusion in email promotions to delegates in advance of the conference
  • Logo and link to company website on NAFEMS conference website
  • Logo in conference program
  • List of attendees with contact details (subject to opt-in)
1.400 Euro (NAFEMS member company rate) 1)
2.100 Euro (for not NAFEMS members) 1)

1)plus VAT if applicable


Delegate fee
Not-NAFEMS members: 350 Euro
Presenter from companies for the production/ processing of material goods/goods in factories/plants: free
NAFEMS members using 2 seminar credits: free*
NAFEMS member with no seminar credits: 175
These fees include seminar attendance and proceedings.

Time zone
CEST, central european summer time = UTC+2 (Berlin)

Seminar language

Hardware and software exhibition
The seminar will be accompanied by a hardware / software exhibition. Please request further information.

* NAFEMS membership fees for companies / institutes A standard NAFEMS site membership costs 1.200 Euro per year. An academic site membership costs 750 Euro per Jahr. Beneath many others, NAFEMS members will get eight seminar credits (1 credit = 1/2 seminar/conference day) per year. NAFEMS members can use seminar credits towards free attendance at this event. This event will charge two seminar credits per delegate. You can register 4 delegates included in your membership to this seminar! Please consider becoming NAFEMS member before registering!

Cancellation policy
Up to 6 weeks before the start: 100% refund
Up to 1 week before the start: 25% refund, no seminar credits refunded
Later and in the event of no-show: no refund.
Substitute participants can be provided. The cancellation must be made in writing.



Abstract submission
Please send a short page abstract to latest 4 February 2022. Abstracts shall be marked with author‘s name, organization, address, fax, phone numbers and email address. It is possible to stream in presentations.


Author notification
Approx. 2 weeks after submission deadline. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to prepare an extended abstract (typically 1-4 pages) and a PowerPoint presentation. Full written papers will not be required. Extended abstracts must be submitted lastest 11 March 2022. Templates will be provided (ppt and word) with the quthor notifications.


Presentation length
25 minutes incl. discussion.