Simulation of the joining process of a Flow Drill screw connection (FDS) in automotive engineering

Department: Integrated Vehicle Development

Master Thesis Ref.Nr. D_087

Modern lightweight construction in the automotive sector requires the use of different materials such as aluminum, ultra-high-strength steels and composite materials. This multi-material mix also uses novel joining techniques such as FDS. Since the quality of these connections depends strongly on the right choice of process parameters and large test areas are very time-consuming and cost-intensive, the simulation-based optimization of the process parameters plays a major role.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Literature research and state-of-the-art analysis of existing FE codes to simulate a flow-hole-forming screwing of aluminum sheets
  • Construction of simple simulation models and thermomechanical simulation of the joining process for different process parameters
  • Validation of simulation results based on micrographs from existing experiments
  • Summary of the results and derivation of possible future research areas

What we expect from you:

  • Studied automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, technical physics or similar
  • Basic knowledge of the finite element method
  • Self-initiative, analytical and structured work

What we offer:

  • Interesting work in an international research center
  • Good care and guidance in the work
  • Interesting assignment to a practice-relevant topic of the automotive industry
  • Cooperation in a dedicated team
  • Direct cooperation with a car manufacturer
  • Financial compensation

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