Name of Research Project
Design of Robust Forming Processes by Numerical Simulations
The majority of engineering problems and manufacturing processes encountered in practice are subject to multiple sources of scatter, e.g. fluctuating process settings, changing environmental conditions, varying material properties, etc. As a result, product quality will show fluctuations as well, possibly exceeding quality requirements and leading to product failures.
The challenge is to design robust forming processes, i.e. processes that are insensitive to these inevitable sources of scatter. The goal of this research is to integrate robustness in the numerical design and optimization process using computationally expensive Finite Element simulations. The optimal process design and settings are determined in an early stage of the design process such that the deteriorating effects of process variation are limited to an acceptable level. The resulting robust forming processes will exceed initial expectations on quality level and produce products of constant high-quality.
Co-founder of Innprove Solutions, computational engineering and software development in product design and process optimization.