January 21, 2016 / Lisa Pietrzyk

Industrial cooperation: Simulation technology for safe cars

Junior professor Syn Schmitt is doing research concerning safety solutions for future cars at the new “Tech Center i-protect“.
[Picture: Fraunhofer EMI]

On thursday, 21 January 2016, junior professor Syn Schmitt signed a Cooperation Agreement within his assistance at “Tech Center i-protect“. The cooperation partners are interalia Daimler AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft including Fraunhofer Institute for Material Mechanics (IWM) and Fraunhofer Institute for short-term dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institute (EMI) Freiburg, the Dresden University of Technology and Graz University of Technology.

The “Tech Center i-protect“ is one of the pilot projects of “Leistungszentrum Nachhaltigkeit“ in Freiburg, which is supported by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg with around 5 Million Euros. These projects shall find answers to topics like sustainable materials, energy systems as well as ecological and social transformation.

An important topic in the “car region” Baden-Württemberg is the investigation for new solutions on car safety, says Minister of Finance and Economy Nils Schmid. At the ”Tech Center i-protect“ exactly these safety approaches are developed for future vehicles. The research is about technologies for crash situations as well as systems that intervene before the accident happens in order to improve the passenger protection. Within an integral safety approach the researchers take a look at driver, vehicle and other road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

With his work within the ”Tech Center i-protect“, junior professor Syn Schmitt makes a big contribution to the field of biomechanical research. Using methods of computational biomechanics, he can safely find out which forces have an effect on the body of a person in a car crash and what kind of damage potential results from that. Simulation technologies in the field of biomechanics allow the virtual investigation of these questions (which can’t be measured at a living organism) by the use of computer models. Therefore, the SimTech-scientist uses engineering methods on a base of discrete mechanics and continuum mechanics to finally adapt them to biomechanical needs.

At the “Tech Center i-protect“, radiograph

s and simulation data are combined with algorithms from computer tomography. By the consideration of these data, it will be possible to save a three-dimensional image of the highly dynamic deformation processes during a crash. By this means, simulations and hence vehicle safety can be improved.

The motor for sustainable innovation is the cooperation between industry and science, especially when strong partners like in the “Tech Center i-protect“ come together, says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the executive board of the Robert Bosch AG. Besides of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, the Daimler AG provides 5 million Euros and the Robert Bosch GmbH 1 million Euros. “At the ‚Tech Center i-Protect‘ powerful teams of industry and science from different regions are working together in order to bring research results in the field of integrated security even faster in to the vehicles.”, says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler Board of Management, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Also the university and the Fraunhofer society take part at the financing of this project with in total 5 million Euros.

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