Computational Mechanics for Progressive Vehicle Bodies

14 March 2024  |  8:30 a.m.  CET  |  Stuttgart-Vaihingen


With the new 2025+ strategy, the members of the ASCS are creating an innovation platform to master the global challenges of digital transformation and decarbonization by strategically and technically strengthening computer simulation for virtual vehicle development and mobility systems.

Under the basic principle of COOPETITION, energetic and passionate innovators shape fields of action for collaborative exchange and co-creation.

In the area of vehicle structures, the increasing demands of electrified drives and decarbonization as well as vehicle safety and automation require radically new approaches to materials and vehicle layouts. In this unique event format, experts give impulse speeches to highlight current and future challenges as well as approaches to solutions as an impetus for discussion on possible collaboration.

In a subsequent interactive work session, valuable feedback is collected, and measures are derived and prioritized. This can involve a variety of measures such as joint projects, working groups, events, studies or other communication measures. In this way, simulation challenges can be identified in which a collaborative approach to the association's work activates and strengthens the interest and commitment of the members and thus paves the way for scientific and business development as well as value creation in the sense of the term coopetition. We look forward to your impulse.

The workshop is aimed at decision-makers, visionaries, innovative and motivated minds in the simulation environment from business and science. The event is exclusive for ASCS members and invited experts.



  • Lightweight & Sustainable Design
  • Structural & Crash Analysis
  • (Multi-) Material Modelling
  • Trends: Giga Casting, ... 


8:30 a.m.
Arrival of Guests and Welcome over Coffee

9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m.
Keynote Interview
Thomas Hambrecht   |  Head of Development Lightweight Design / Body Structure, AUDI AG

Moderation: Lutz Morich, frE3 innovations

10:00 p.m. CET
Impulse Pitches & Discussion 2-4-all


  • The VMAP Data Standard for Simulation and Measurement
    Klaus Wolf  |  Fraunhofer SCAI


10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break

11:15 p.m. CET
Impulse Pitches & Discussion 2-4-all

  • Challenges in the Calculation of Mega-Castings in Crash Simulation
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Haufe  |  DYNAmore Gesellschaft für FEM Ingenieurdienstleistungen mbH


  • Simulation of Wood-based Vehicle Structures
    Dr.-Ing. Thomas Feser, Giovanni Piazza  |  DLR e.V. - Institute of Vehicle Concepts


12:30 p.m. 
Lunch Break

13:30 p.m. 

Impulse Pitches & Discussion World Café


  • Lightweight Construction in Series Development: Topology Optimisation and Subdivision Modelling as the Key to 20% Lighter Products and 90% Time Savings
    Sebastian Kern | Bionic Mesh Design GmbH


  • Generating Car Body Concepts Using the Graph and Heuristic based Topology Optimization
    Jens Trilling (M.Sc.) | Bergische Universität Wuppertal - OMS


  • Lightweighting the Heavyweights: Topology Optimization and Automatic Geometry Derivation in Railway Applications
    Christian Gomes Alves (M.Sc.) | DLR e.V. - Institute of Vehicle Concepts


14:45 p.m.

Impulse Pitches & Discussion 2-4-all


  • Automated Design Approach for Transverse Leaf Spring Composite Structures in Suspension Systems
    Thomas Grünheid-Ott M.Sc. | DLR e.V. - Institute of Vehicle Concepts


  • Digital Material Characterization of Fiber-Reinforced Plastics and their Recyclates from Virtual Tests
    Dr. Hannes Grimm-Strele  |  Fraunhofer ITWM  


15:45 p.m. 
Final Remarks

16:00 p.m. 



The event is an exclusive expert circle event for members of the Automotive Solution Center for Simulation and invited guests. 




DLR - Institute of Vehicle Concepts
Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
70569 Stuttgart


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participation is free of charge and only for ASCS members or invited guests

The event language will be German.

Follow our invitation and secure your personal and limited ticket now.

Please also note our GCS Panel Discussion The Role of Simulation on the Path to Decarbonization on the previous day.



Automotive Solution Center for Simulation e.V.

Dipl.-Ing. Alexander F. Walser
Curiestraße 2 | 70563 Stuttgart | Germany | +49 (0) 711 699659-10 |


Automotive Solution Center for Simulation e.V.  | Curiestraße 2 |  70563 Stuttgart |  Germany
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