Awards at the Lightweight Technology Division

SAMPE Deutschland Innovationspreis 2021

SAMPE Germany awards the Innovation Prize for outstanding theses to Louis Schreyer from the Lightweight Construction Technology department. His master's thesis was written under the supervision of Dr.-Ing. Luise Kärger and M.Sc. Constantin Krauß and is entitled "Numerical impact analysis of high-pressure accumulators in fiber composite construction using the finite element method".

 

 

ESAFORM Phd Prize for Industrial Research

April 2021: For the tenth time, the European Scientific Association for Material Forming (ESAFORM) honors dissertations with an outstanding contribution in the field of industrial material forming at the annual ESAFORM conference. This year, ESAFORM honors the dissertation of Dr.-Ing. Dominik Dörr from KIT-FAST with the Lionel Fourment ESAFORM Phd Prize for Industrial Research 2021.


With the simulation of the forming process of thermoplastic tape laminates, Dominik Dörr dedicated himself to a forward-looking topic in the fields of lightweight construction and software-defined manufacturing, which are important for mobility. Thanks to his work, new software modules are now available that support resource-saving process design of lightweight structures and are used in the automotive and aerospace industries for product development.

 

WAK / Röchling Preis 2020 für herausragende Dissertation

November 2020:

The Scientific Working Group of University Professors of Plastics Engineering (WAK) is awarding prizes for the best scientific papers in the field of plastics engineering for the 19th time. Eight prizes were awarded in the three categories of materials, design and processing, as well as the special prize for hybrids. WAK honored the dissertation of Dr.-Ing. Dominik Dörr of KIT-FAST with the Röchling Prize for the best dissertation in the field of new hybrid materials, systems, and process technologies based on plastics.

With the simulation of the forming process of thermoplastic tape laminates, Dominik Dörr dedicated himself to a forward-looking topic in the fields of lightweight construction and software-defined manufacturing, which are important for mobility. Thanks to his work, new software modules are now available that support resource-saving process design of lightweight structures and are used in the automotive and aerospace industries for product development.

ESAFORM „Best Communication Award“ in bronze

The European Scientific Association for Material Forming (ESAFORM) honours Clemens Zimmerling (KIT-FAST) with the Best Communication Award in bronze. The paper awarded by the jury, discusses possible applications of machine learning methods for time-efficient optimisation of textile forming processes. The prize was established in 2020 and is intended to help make innovative work by young scientists in the field of material forming more visible internationally.

Figure:  Schematic sketch of the envisioned application of machine-learning techniques for time-efficient proces optimisation

Helmholtz-Enterprise für Startup Simutence

ThinKing – Lightweight idea of the month

Is this envisioned component truly manufacturable with this proposed geometry? Precise manufacturing simulations give an answer, but are often time-consuming. A new software idea from KIT may speed up this proces: The scientists combine process simulations with machine learning and AI techniques so that an algorithm recognizes component features and quickly assesses if production of the component will work satisfactory. This saves costs in development and production.

With a wink, the scientists call it "virtual AI process expert". "It's almost like assembling the know-how and intuition of many engineers into one program and making it available at the touch of a button," explains Clemens Zimmerling from the Institute of Vehicle Systems Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This virtual process expert is to be used in the design of lightweight structures made of fiber composites - both to quickly optimize the component and its manufacturing process.

Figure:  Schematic sketch of the envisioned application of machine-learning techniques for time-efficient proces optimisation

Redtenbacher Prize of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at KIT

Nils Meyer wins the Redtenbacher Prize for the best Master's degree in mechanical engineering 2017

July 2018: The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at KIT awards the Redtenbacher Prize for the best Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering 2017 to Nils Meyer from the Institute for Lightweight Technology.

The prize was donated by the KSB Foundation and is complemented by a medal engraved with Redtenbacher's portrait.

Ferdinand Redtenbacher (1809-1863) is considered a pioneer of scientific mechanical engineering and taught at the Karlsruhe Polytechnic until shortly before his death.

Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Proppe and award winner Nils Meyer

Hanns-Voith-Foundation Award

Constantin Krauß awarded Prize by Hanns-Voith-Foundation

Juni 2018: For the Sixth time in history, the Hanns-Voith-Foundation honors outstanding final theses by awarding a foundation prize. Constantin Krauß from the Institut of Lightweight Technology was honored in the "New Materials" thematic cluster. His master's thesis was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Henning and Dipl.-Ing. David Hummelberger and is entitled "Development and validation of a mechanism-based design methodology for metal-metal hybrids" 

left to right: Project lead Dipl.-Ing. David Hummelberger, Award winner Constantin Krauß, Supervisor Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Henning, Dr. Johannes Staeves (BMW Group)

Lehrstuhl für Leichtbautechnologie

Project "SMiLE" awarded as lighthouse project

Participation of the lightweight technology division of KIT-FAST in the fields of design and simulation

June 2015: On the occasion of the National Conference on Electromobility on June 15 and 16 in Berlin, the German government has designated seven outstanding technological projects as lighthouses of electromobility. The selection of a project as a lighthouse is a "seal of approval" for particularly important innovations that make a significant contribution to technological progress or cost reduction in electromobility. The lighthouses selected to date have focused on six future fields:

- Drive systems

- Energy systems and energy storage

- Charging infrastructure and grid integration, mobility concepts

- Recycling and resource efficiency

- information and communication technology and

- Lightweight construction

SMiLE's goal is to develop a lightweight construction concept that is fully adapted to the special requirements of electromobility. The structure of the project ensures that the results are directly incorporated into standardizable products at the manufacturers along the value chain. The starting point are innovative materials and manufacturing processes adapted to their properties, which in conjunction with novel concepts provide the basis for competitive products.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

 

source: bmbf.de (01.07.2015)

 

AVK Innovationspreis

3rd place for the submission "Integral fabrication of a function-integrated structural hollow component using triaxial braiding in a high-pressure RTM process”
AVK Innovationspreis 2014

October 2014: Presentation of the AVK Innovation Award in Frankfurt am Main

Integral fabrication of a functionally integrated structural hollow component by means of triaxial braiding in a high pressure RTM process

The demonstrator realized in the project "Research for a closed simulation and manufacturing process chain for crash-relevant fiber composite structures in automotive engineering" is a generic structural hollow component (derived from a seat cross member), which was manufactured with a tri-axial braid in combination with a high-pressure RTM process. From a manufacturing point of view, the focus was on an integral production with cycle times below 5 min. In the demonstrator, the following production engineering challenges were mastered:

  • Display of continuously varying cross-sections along the length of the component for defined energy absorption
  • Integration of an insert for load/force application
  • Realization of an undercut in the component (e.g. for cable bushings)
  • Production of a flange for possible connection to other components

Hanns-Voith-Foundation Award

Alexander Bernath awarded Prize by Hanns-Voith-Foundation
Hanns-Voigt Stiftungspreis

Juni 2014: For the second time in its history, the Hanns-Voith-Foundation honors outstanding final theses by awarding a foundation prize. This year, a graduate from the Institut of Lightweight Technology at KIT was was honored in the “New Materials” thematic cluster. Alexander Bernath receives the award for his diploma thesis entitled "Development of a method for simulating resin transfer molding with OpenFOAM".

Vector Stiftungs-YIG „Green Mobility“

Frau Dr.-Ing. Luise Kärger wurde die Leitung einer neuen Young Investigator Group (YIG) übertragen, die das KIT in Kooperation mit der Vector Stiftung eingerichtet hat. YIGs dienen der Förderung herausragender Nachwuchswissenschaftler nach Abschluss der Promotion, ihrer frühen Selbständigkeit und der Stärkung des Forschungsprofils des KIT. Mit der YIG erhielt Frau Dr. Kärger den offiziellen Status einer Nachwuchsgruppenleiterin und wurde Mitglied im Young Investigator Network (YIN), dem interdisziplinären Forschungsnetzwerk der unabhängigen Nachwuchsgruppenleiter des KIT.

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