CAE / Optimization

Academic Staff

Research Focus

The focus of research is on the development of methods and processes for the simulation and optimization of complex systems and computer-aided processes in product development. Key aspects and subtopics are:

  • Coupled simulation and optimization methods
  • Structural optimization
  • Lightweight design
  • Multiphysics
  • CFD flow simulation
  • Robust design

Research Approach

Due to the often very complex interactions in real systems, numerical approaches for the description of these systems by individual standard tools are no longer to be used.

By coupling methods, efficient tools can be created that are solutions of these complex problems and thus support the product developer in the design synthesis.

Examples for coupling methods

  • Structure optimization taking into account production restrictions
  • Multiphysical structure simulation with wear simulation
  • CFD flow simulation with thermomechanics

Service Offer

We are your contact for questions concerning the design, dimensioning and optimization of components and systems.


We develop customised simulation and optimization tools for you.

The tools developed are based on established and commercially available methods, which ensure good software availability and short employee training periods.

Thanks to virtual product development, we create sophisticated and innovative products together with you.

For the validation, IPEK can rely on modern test benches, high-quality measurement technology and experience.



  • IBM X-Series 3650 Server (two Intel Xeon SixCore, 120 GByte RAM)
  • Fujitsu server PRIMERGY (two Intel Xeon TenCore, 512 GByte RAM)
  • Access to the bwUniCluster 2.0 of the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)


  • Finite element method: Abaqus, Ansys, STAR-CCM+, Hyperworks, LS Dyna,...
  • Multibody simulation: ADAMS, MATLAB/Simulink
  • Optimization: Abaqus, OptiStruct, MATLAB, HEEDS, …
  • CAD: Creo, Fusion 360, ...


Current bachelor and master theses of the research group can be found here.


An overview of all IPEK publications can be found here.

Selected Publications

Funktionsbasierte Entwicklung leichter Produkte.
Albers, A.; Revfi, S.; Spadinger, M.
2020. Handbuch Leichtbau. Hrsg.: Frank Henning, Elvira Moeller, 133–152, Hanser, München
A Process-Related Topology Optimization Method to Design DiCoFRP Structures.
Spadinger, M.; Albers, A.
2019. Continuous–Discontinuous Fiber-Reinforced Polymers : An Integrated Engineering Approach. Ed.: T. Böhlke, L. Kärger, 265–276, Hanser, Munich
Parametric Optimization on Whole Vehicle Level for Vehicle Thermal Management based on DoE sensitivity fields and surface modelling [in press].
Schulz, M.; Albert, A.; Reister, H.; Binner, T.
2019. Thermal Management Systems Symposium, 15–17 October 2019, Plymouth, MI, United States
Agile Lightweight Design - The Extended Target Weighing Approach in ASD - Agile Systems Design Using Functional Modelling with the C&C2-Approach.
Albers, A.; Matthiesen, S.; Revfi, S.; Schönhoff, C.; Grauberger, P.; Heimicke, J.
2019. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, 1 (1), 2667–2676. doi:10.1017/dsi.2019.273
Manufacturing-oriented Bead Patterns for Long Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Structures.
Revfi, S.; Spadinger, M.; Albers, A.
2019. NAFEMS World Congress 2019, Québec, CDN, June 17-20, 2019, NAFEMS
Unterstützung bei der Herstellung optimierter Orthesen mithilfe gekoppelter CAE-Methoden.
Serf, M.; Albers, A.
2019. NAFEMS-Magazin, 1 (49), 74–82
SLM-Topo – A topology optimization method for additive manufacturing of lightweight design structures using the selective laser melting process.
Albers, A.; Holoch, J.; Dietrich, S.; Spadinger, M.
2018. Exploring the Design Freedom of Additive Manufacturing through Simulation, Helsinki, FIN, December 10-11, 2018, 62–63
Kopplung von CAE-Methoden zur Unterstützung des Produktentwicklers.
Albers, A.; Reichert, S.; Serf, M.; Thorén, S.; Bursac, N.
2017. Konstruktion, 69 (9), 76–82
Investigation of roughness parameters of real rough surfaces due to sliding wear under mixed-lubricated conditions with the finite-element-method.
Albers, A.; Reichert, S.; Joerger, A.
2017. 6th World Tribology Congress 2017, Beijing, China, September 17-22 2017
Extended target weighing approach : Identification of lightweight design potential for new product generations.
Albers, A.; Revfi, S.; Spadinger, M.
2017. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17), Vol 4 : Design Methods and Tools, Vancouver, Canada, 21st - 25th August 2017. Ed.: A. Maier, 367–376, The Design Society, Glasgow
Coupling of Computer-aided Methods : Supporting Product Developer during Embodiment Synthesis.
Albers, A.; Spadinger, M.; Serf, M.; Reichert, S.; Heldmaier, S.; Schulz, M.
2017. WCSMO 12 : Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimisation, Braunschweig, Germany, 5-9 Juni 2017