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Responsible Chief Engineer
Dipl.-Ing. Markus Spadinger
Tel.: +49 721 608-42374

Head of Research Group
Sven Revfi, M.Sc.
Tel.: +49 721 608-46339

CAE / Optimisation

Academic Staff

Jan Holoch, M.Sc.

Arn Jörger, M.Sc.

Sven Revfi, M.Sc.

Micha Schulz, M.Sc.

Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Serf

Marcus Stegmiller, M.Sc.




Research Focus

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

  • Coupled simulation and optimisation methods
  • Structural optimisation
  • 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 optimisation taking into account production restrictions
  • Multiphysical structure simulation with wear simulation
  • CFD with thermomechanics


Service Offer

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


We develop customised simulation and optimisation 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 InstituteCluster II of the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)



  • Finite element method: Abaqus, Ansys, Altair Hyperworks, LS Dyna...
  • Multibody simulation: ADAMS, MatLab/Simulink
  • Optimisation: TOSCA, OptiStruct, Dakota, MatLab, …
  • CAD: PTC Creo



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

Selected Publications

Albers, A., Spadinger, M., & Wagner, D. (2015). Ein Beitrag zum automatischen Packaging von Energiespeichern in einer frühen Phase des Produktentstehungsprozesses. In Daniel Roth Wilhelm Bauer B. B. Hansgeorg Binz (Ed.), Stuttgarter Symposium für Produktentwicklung 2015

Spadinger, M., & Albers, A. (2015). Iterative Coupling of Flow Simulation and Topology Optimization for long-fiber-reinforced Plastics.

Albers, A., Reichert, S., Lorentz, B., Knoll, G., & Lang, J. (2015). Untersuchung des Reibungsverhaltens von geschmierten Kontakten unter Berücksichtigung verschiedener Gleitbedingungen mit Hilfe der Finiten-Elemente-Methode. In 56. Tribologische Fachtagung. Gesellschaft für Tribologie e.V.

Reichert, S., Lorentz, B., & Albers, A. (2015). Influence of flattening of rough surface profiles on the friction behaviour of mixed lubricated contacts. Tribology International

Troll, D., Speck, I., Horsch, J., Weber, P., & ALBERS, A. (2015). A Method for Robust Rib Optimization of Long-Fiber-Reinforced Composite Parts with Varying Material Properties. In NAFEMS Seminar.

An overview of all IPEK publications can be found here.