From research over engineering to industrial applications, modelling and simulation has become a well-established part in the development, commissioning, and implementation of components, systems, and processes, the identification of problems, and, in many cases, optimization. Today, a clear trend is towards the holistic modelling and virtual analysis of whole systems, instead of isolated components, which may interact with other systems as well as with the environment.
LCM offers solutions for a wide range of challenges in the field of modelling, simulation, and optimization, with one particular focus being complex mechatronic systems and processes that are characterized by the coupling of several physical regimes and properties.
- mechanical systems
- thermal problems, heat transfer, thermomechanical coupling
- material modelling (metals, plastics, elastomers, thermomechanics, piezoelectrics)
- (non-)linear rotor dynamics
- flexible multibody dynamics
- mechatronic systems, sensors and actuators, robotics, control
- (thermo-)fluid dynamics, heat transport
- fluid-structure interaction
- particle dynamics, granular systems, particle-structure interaction
- multi-objective optimization and parameter identification
- multi-physics, complex coupled problems, co-simulation
Application and development of computational methods and simulation tools
Apart from the application of commercial simulation software packages, the development and application of state-of-the-art methods and in-house simulation tools play a crucial role to tackle specific complex problems efficiently, or to make simulation-based analysis feasible in the first place. Here, one important development of LCM is the free software package HOTINT (www.hotint.org) which serves as versatile basis for the implementation of novel computational methods and customized simulation solutions.