11 April 2017—11:00 AM Eastern time (17:00 Paris time)
Dr. Bernard Alsteens
Dr. Bernard Alsteens joined e-Xstream engineering as a support engineer in 2007 and progressed to the position of Customer Services Manager since 2011.
He has global responsibility for the technical support functions for all Digimat customers. His role also includes training management and he also participates to the quality assurance of the Digimat software.
Prior to joining e-Xstream, Bernard worked for LMS International in the Virtual.Lab group (vibration and acoustic simulation) during 2.5 years. He holds an MSC in Mechanical engineering from the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). Afterwards he undertook a PhD on Mathematical modeling and simulation of dispersive mixing of carbon black agglomerate in rubber at University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
Lightweight materials and design have always been an important topic in product design across several industries including automotive and aerospace. Engineers show a strong interest in the replacement of metals with composite and plastic materials. Lightweighting is most often achieved considering chopped and/or continuous fibers reinforced plastic, leading to their ever-increasing use in the design of semi-structural and structural components.
To assist this metal to composite or plastic transition on the numerical side, one of the biggest challenges is to adequately account for the dependency of stiffness and strength to the process related characteristics (local fiber orientation, fiber volume fraction, porosities...) and to the load characteristics (strain rate, temperature, nature of the load…).
This session will help you better understand how the performances of semi-structural and structural parts are influenced by the manufacturing process used to produce them, and how to optimize the design of both the part and the manufacturing process to reach the target performances.
The performances that will be addressed over the course of this webinar are NVH as well as static and dynamic (impact/crash) stiffness and strength. The session will be illustrated bycase studies made around a short fiber reinforced thermoplastic component, injection molded.