CAE-Chain & Mapping

The product development process takes place in the  tension triangle spanned by material, manufacturing process and design. Especially when considering fiber-reinforced plastics, these levels are in constant interaction. Our CAE chain approach links individual process steps as well as the actual component simulation within a digital twin. This allows us to identify manufacturing effects and their influence on performance at an early stage and also taking those into account when optimizing the process and material selection as well as the design. Hereby, the data transfer between different computational meshes plays a central role and requires the selection of suitable mapping algorithms - especially when considering direction-dependent variables.


Research focus
  • Consideration of manufacturing effects along the virtual process chain
  • Informatically and physically consistent transfer of relevant result data and meta-information
  • Iterative optimization of component and process over several process steps
  • Mapping and interpolation of field quantities between non-congruent discretizations


Research projects

M.Sc. Constantin Krauß
Tel.: +49 721 608-45896
Email: constantin.krauss∂





Concept of the virtual process chain for continuous fiber-reinforced materials
Manufacturing effects: deviating fiber orientations in double-curved areas

Selected publications in the research field

Forming optimisation embedded in a CAE chain to assess and enhance the structural performance of composite components
Kärger, L.; Galkin, S.; Zimmerling, C.; Dörr, D.; Linden, J.; Oeckerath, A.; Wolf, K.
2018. Composite structures, 192, 143–152. doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.02.041
Development and validation of a CAE chain for unidirectional fibre reinforced composite components
Kärger, L.; Bernath, A.; Fritz, F.; Galkin, S.; Magagnato, D.; Oeckerath, A.; Schön, A.; Henning, F.
2015. Composite structures, 132, 350–358. doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.05.047
Aufbau einer durchgängigen CAE-Kette durch Verknüpfung von Drapier-, Formfüll- und Struktursimulation zur ganzheitlichen Bewertung von Bauteilen aus Hochleistungsfaserverbunden
Kärger, L.; Schön, A.; Fritz, F.; Böhler, P.; Magagnato, D.; Fischer, S.; Henning, F.
2013. 19. Symposium Verbundwerkstoffe und Werkstoffverbunde, Karlsruhe, 3.-5. Juli 2013