Uncertainty Modelling in Engineering 19/09/2012 - Leuven (Belgium)

Event date: 
Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 - 09:30 to 19:00
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Why this event?

In many industrial sectors, modelling of products and processes is necessary to simulate their performance, all along the value chain, from concept design over production processes to operation and maintenance. Modelling techniques in engineering in principle are deterministic and provide unique predictions, that are based however on limited or uncertain information on the underlying modeling parameters, such as material properties, load conditions etc.

Including uncertainty explicitly in the model provides substantial added value to the insight in the predicted process. Non-deterministic approaches enable the modelling and simulation of uncertain or variable processes. They provide insight in "ranges" of possible behaviour rather than "unique" predictions, as well as insight on the relevance of the missing information.

The application in in engineering practice still is limited, although many non-deterministic approaches have reached a high level of maturity. This workshop focuses on the added value of these techniques in engineering.

What to expect?

The events relies on two pillars:

Recent advances in non-deterministic modelling: Presentation and discussion on the results from the "Fuzzy Finite Elements" project. This Flemish strategic research project joins KU Leuven, University Ghent, imec, LMS International and SCIA Nemetschek, and is granted by IWT.

Bridging research results and industrial challenges: Keynote by R. Platz (Fraunhofer-Institut), pitches by renowned companies on industrial benchmarks, followed by interactive parallel workshops on the next steps towards industrial applications in the field of design and analysis, manufacturing and construction, operation and service.

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09:30    Registration and welcome coffee

Morning ses​sion: setting the scene

10:30   Opening by dr. Dirk Otte (IWT), prof. Dirk Vandepitte (KU Leuven)

10:40   Technical session: overview of the IWT SBO project Fuzzy Finite Elements

  • prof. Stefan Vandewalle, dept. of Computer Science, KU Leuven
  • prof. Gert de Cooman, SYSTeMS Research Group, Ghent University
  • Dr. David Moens, dept. of Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven
  • Dr. Stijn Donders, LMS International

12:45   Sandwich lunch

Afternoon session: Industrial challenges, discussion and networking

13:45   Plenary session on industrial challenges in uncertainty modelling

  • keynote: Dr.-Ing. Roland Platz, Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit, LBF Darmstadt, Germany

pitching session with speakers from:

  • Atlas Copco (dr. Caroline Vanmaele)
  • Technum - Tractebel Engineering (Pieter Baekeland, MSc)
  • imec (dr. Bart Vandevelde)
  • LMS International (dr. Herman Van der Auweraer)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (US) (Francois Hemez, PhD)

15.15   Thematic discussions, guided by a moderator

In 2 times 3 parallel sessions, participants elaborate needs, opportunities and barriers to industrial applications, and exchange project and benchmark ideas.

  • theme 1: Design & Analysis
  • theme 2: Manufacturing & Construction
  • theme 3: Operation & Service

17:45   Closing session

18:15   Walking dinner


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