Typical Digital Twin Setting

Research project at a glance

Multi-physics phenomena are central in many industrial applications and production lines, being directly connected to the efficiency and safety of the processes or the integrity of the produced parts. Embedded in process chains and engineering design tasks, multiphysics simulations successively become subject to tremendous automation and optimizations. This way, they are parts of Digital Twins, i.e., virtual, functional versions of systems that contain their properties and represent the life cycle of a system in the form of data and meta-data.

Project manager at H-BRS

Project Description

Goals of the Laboratory

This joint laboratory project between Fraunhofer SCAI, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, and the Dr. Reinold Hagen Foundation falls precisely in the center of this topic. It aims to create new digital-twin-related insights and turn them into benefits for small and medium-sized companies, which experience an exceptionally high digitalization pressure. These companies are often regional, e.g. experts in niche manufacturing techniques. It is particularly challenging for such companies to gather sufficient expertise in as many disciplines as required to these ends.

Therefore, the lab offers support to transform engineering and production into smart system developments and stay in leading positions using new methods. The many years of joint project experience of the lab partners bring together complementary capabilities, from theoretical, computational, to experimental knowledge. Central to the laboratory are new methods for integrating heterogeneous data, its use to form data-based machine learning models and hybrid data- and rule-based models, and the consequential improvements of the engineering processes.

Cooperating professors

Research associates