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Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications, THREAD

Basic info:

Project Title Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications, THREAD
Project team: Dejan Zupan, Gregor Trtnik

47 months

October 2019 –September 2023

Project Code: GA-No 860124


Lead partner: The Institute of Mathematics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU)
Project leader: Dejan Zupan (UL FGG)
Other project partner’s organizations: Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, University of Liège, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, CentraleSupélec
University of Seville, University of Innsbruck, University of Rijeka,
Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Fraunhofer ITWM, C3M, ENSAM
Source of finance: European Union
Key words: Highly flexible slender structures, Numerical modelling, Experimental and computational mechanics, Numerical integration, Simulation software in engineering, Industrial applications



Structural elements in which one dimension is more significant than the other two are important members in many engineering applications. Such elements are especially interesting when large displacements and rotations are allowed, like in cables, hoses or ropes. Current virtual prototyping tools are unable to handle the highly complex mechanical response of such structures. THREAD project aims to change that by giving young engineers and mathematicians the possibility for intensive scientific research in advanced constitutive laws, interactions with the environment and numerical tools for nonlinear static and dynamic analysis of nonlinear rods.

Main goals

Within this project 14 early stage researchers will be trained as PhD students in these important topics. Besides comprehensive local and network-wide training covering state-of-the-art research topics as well as valuable transferable skills, they will benefit from close cooperation with twelve industrial partner organisations. The main focus is in industrial applications and open‐source simulation software development.

Project work packages

WP1 ;Advanced constitutive laws of slender structures
WP2: Interactions of 1D structures in a 3D world
WP3: Geometric numerical methods for rod system dynamics
WP4; Training
WP5: Management and Coordination
WP6: Dissemination and Communication