In late February, more than 100 simulation experts got together for the 7th Fachkongress Composite Simulation (FCS) symposium at the Technologiezentrum Augsburg. The event was jointly organised by Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe Baden-Württemberg e.V. (AFBW, Baden-Württemberg regional alliance for fibre-based materials), the Virtual Dimension Center Fellbach (VDC) and Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) and its regional division CC Baden-Württemberg.
Besides numerous lectures and presentations, the visitors also enjoyed a guided tour of the adjacent DLR Center for Lightweight-Production-Technology (Zentrum für Leichtbauproduktionstechnologie; ZLP) and a roadshow featuring various companies and institutions that focus on the area of simulation.
Carbon Composites e.V. executive board member Andreas Stöckle welcomed the numerous guests. The vice president of Airbus Helicopters and head of the company's Donauwörth industrial site was delighted that resource-efficient lightweight construction was also mentioned in the new German government's recent coalition agreement. He said that lightweight construction, in turn, only works with composites, and that simulation was essential for their use. Stöckle was delighted: "Even though this area basically occupies a niche within a niche, more than 110 participants attended the symposium."
Bavaria's State Secretary Johannes Hintersberger also linked Augsburg's current role in the area of composites to its historic role as a textile manufacturing centre. The politician referred to this development as "a fascinating evolution of historic techniques and arts," and emphasised that the national and regional governments were very much in favour of this development.
After the key note speeches on the importance of simulation in the lightweight construction of aircraft parts and helicopters, as well as in the area of vehicle construction industry fibre composite component design, the presentations became more detailed. They included the latest research findings in the area of material and microstructure modelling, component and process simulation examples and also brief introductory presentations by the simulation symposium exhibitors and by interested and interesting start-ups.
The conversations and discussions after the presentations and during the symposium breaks were both lively as well as stimulating. The day's message was clear: Composite simulation improves our understanding of lightweight construction. This ensures that the material is used in practical applications and helps to launch light engineered products on the market.
The organisers were able to welcome more than 110 participants to the 7th Fachkongress Composite Simulation symposium at Technologiezentrum Augsburg.