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Simulation techniques for process modeling

Guest Editors: 

  • Stefanie Reese (RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany)
  • Ton van den Boogaard (University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands)

Numerical simulation of extremely non-linear problems has been for a while at the forefront of research in computational mechanics. In more than twenty years tremendous progresses have already been accomplished. Simulations you could hardly dream of two decades ago are now part of the daily routine of hundreds of engineers and scientists. 

Simultaneously, the use of large scale computing took a more and more important place in engineering offices of many industries. Numerical simulation contributes in a very significant way to the reduction of both the production costs and the “time-to-market” during the development of new products. Some large companies even declare that “if you cannot simulate it, we don’t even try to realize it”.

However, although huge progresses have already been accomplished, manufacturing processes are so complex that there is still a very large room for improvement.The goal of this special issue is to present some cutting-edge contributions in the numerical simulation of manufacturing processes ranging from microscopic to macroscopic aspects and bridging the scales to better model, capture and simulate the various involved phenomena that take place during manufacturing processes.

  1. Automated fibre placement (AFP) is an incipient manufacturing process for composite structures. Despite its conceptual simplicity it involves many complexities related to the necessity of melting the thermopla...

    Authors: Nicolas Bur, Pierre Joyot, Chady Ghnatios, Pierre Villon, Elías Cueto and Francisco Chinesta
    Citation: Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences 2016 3:4
  2. Friction stir welding process is a relatively recent welding process (patented in 1991). FSW is a solid-state joining process during which materials to be joined are not melted. During the FSW process, the beh...

    Authors: Philippe Bussetta, Narges Dialami, Michele Chiumenti, Carlos Agelet de Saracibar, Miguel Cervera, Romain Boman and Jean-Philippe Ponthot
    Citation: Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences 2015 2:27
  3. Despite using very large parallel computers, numerical simulation of some forming processes such as multi-pass rolling, extrusion or wire drawing, need long computation time due to the very large number of tim...

    Authors: Ugo Ripert, Lionel Fourment and Jean-Loup Chenot
    Citation: Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences 2015 2:15