Process Engineering

Process Engineering

Mechanical Processes are one main field of activity. Many metals are processed by rolling, bending or deep drawing operations. We analyse this class of problems through finite element computations. Frequently these computations are highly nonlinear, incorporating effects as contact, friction, wear, large displacements, finite strains and/or instabilities.

Mechanical Processes

Thermal Processes: An other important class are thermal processes. Frequently transient temperature distributions during processes are unknown because no direct measurement is possible. But a better knowledge of these thermal effects can be a key to process optimisations leading to higher productivity, lower cost and/or better product quality. Our simulation solutions enhance our clients' understanding of their thermal processes and assisting them during process development.

Thermal Processes

Multiphysical Processes: Sometimes many phenomena contribute to the effectiveness of a process. Thermal processes can involve conduction or induction heating, maybe necessitating a good comprehension of electric and magnetic flow. Sometimes fluids play an important role in heat transfer through convection. Or, at high temperatures radiation is frequently the dominant heat transfer mechanism. All of these effects contribute to the development of temperature fields which in turn provoke thermal stresses (elastic, plastic or viscoplastic, ...) deformations. We tackle such tasks through a careful and pragmatic modelling aproach. We apply numerical codes for electrical, thermal, mechanical and fluid dynamics computations and have expertise performing coupled and chained multiphysical computations using them.

Thermo- Mechanical Processes