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ARENA 2036

ARENA 2036 – the first „research campus: public-private cooperation for innovation” which is funded by the BMBF.

DYNAmore GmbH is involved in the ARENA 2036 project, the first „research campus: public-private cooperation for innovation” which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the University of Stuttgart.

Together with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the German Institute for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF), the Daimler AG and the Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) of the University of Stuttgart, the DYNAmore GmbH works on the development of the so called Digital Prototype. The main focus is put on the transfer of process- and manufacturing simulation data towards life-time prediction and failure analysis as well as serviceability simulation for composite materials. Therefore, interfaces between the different simulation tools and models have to be defined and might also be implemented into the LS-DYNA/LS-PrePost software environment. The challenging tasks in the area of composite simulation is to define proper simplifications and assumptions in order to keep the required accuracy for the simulation of fiber reinforced components without any loss of efficiency. Besides the implementation and improvement of a mapping algorithm, which is one of the main requirements for the complete process chain, new material models for certain manufacturing procedures might have to be developed as well. To evaluate the developed software interfaces, three standard processing procedures were chosen: the braiding process, the resin transfer molding (RTM) process and the draping procedure. Through participation in this highly up-to-date research project, the DYNAmore GmbH once more highlights its expertise in supporting the field of material development as well as the related production processes with its know-how in Finite Element simulations.

The accompanying installation of a research factory will be advanced by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart, the Bär Automation GmbH, Gemmingen, which is the second SME being part of the research campus. This allows a direct comparison between the virtually developed models and methods with the real production processes. Further important partners are the Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, as well as BASF SE, Ludwigshafen. The target of the project, which can be extended to a maximum of 15 years is the complete computer-oriented development and fabrication of a car body, mainly made out of composite materials under the aspects of light-weight construction.