Advancements in analysis methods for composite automotive applications

Presented by Thijs Romans, Group Leader Engineering Analysis at VIRO. In order to use composites in automotive applications, it must be proven that existing solutions (metallic based) can be replaced by them. This involves many considerations (strength, fatigue, weight, durability, cost, etc.).

In the presentation, a simulation is shown, in which a steel automotive application is loaded time-dependant (impacted). Thereafter that same component is exchanged for a composite. This allows for an A/B comparison between the old (steel) vs. the new (composite) part. It demonstrates that computer aided design can be used to ground decisions for exchanging existing parts into composite parts.


Question 1: What drives you?
Solving complex technical difficulties and / or challenges that require the use of sophisticated and novel computer modelling techniques.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
If you are interested in; bridging the gap between material production technique (supplier) and the actual application of that technique (producer). To that end, one needs to have both in-depth knowledge of the end product and the material characteristic. With computer analysis methods a funded decision can be made, if-and-where composite materials can be utilized.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The automotive sector stands for many changes the coming decade(s). The shift to a different driveline (electric, hydrogen, etc.) and autonomous driving will have huge implications. Also goods transport, defence and agriculture will be substantial impacted.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
A car will not look the same in 10-20 years. The chassis, interior, exterior and many other functionalities will be entirely different. It will be an extension of someone’s house, wherein you sleep, eat and be entertained.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The reliability and safety of autonomous driving, as well as enough energy onboard / generated to achieve a large enough travel radius.

About Thijs Romans
Thijs Romans studied Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology & Metal Forming at RWTH Aachen (Dr.-Ing.)

About Viro
VIRO is an open and progressive engineering firm: we help our clients to successfully combine technology, ambition, innovation, and performance. We specialise in product engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial projects. Our focus in these areas is on engineering and project management. Using a powerful combination of expertise and experience, we help our clients to push back boundaries and improve performance. We operate internationally from our offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Thijs Romans is speaker at the 2021 edition of the Materials 4 Sustainable Mobility Conference.

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