Numerical simulation and mathematical modelling in the product development

Numerical simulation and mathematical modelling are an integral part of our research and development projects and important tools to speed up and optimize product development. By means of such methods we can especially address problems that are not or at least hardly accessible with experiments. A systematic variation of parameters can be realized without the need of time consuming trials in real experiments. With the help of simulations we can lead you through the entire product development process from the first day on. This starts with problem analysis, continues with the selection of the appropriate simulation environment, the optimization of components, systems and processes and ends with data interpretation. Of course, during the entire process we place a strong emphasis on the interplay between simulation and experimental development work. At the same time we work on developing and improving simulation tools being optimized for the use with microsystems. In doing so, we also utilize open source software.

Your advantage

  • Faster development times,
  • cost reduction in the development process due to better planning and data interpretation,
  • improved performance and robustness of the system,
  • better product understanding.

Our success factors

  • Long-time experience in the execution of interdisciplinary development projects,
  • more than 20 years of experience in the modelling of microsystems, especially in microfluidics,
  • continuous development of proprietary simulation tools,
  • active network of academic and industrial partners.

The multitude of questions arising during product development is met by various simulation tools. We have a range of CFD software at our disposal which is based either on the finite volume method or the finite element method. Moreover, this gives us the possibility to perform so called “multiphysics” simulations, i. e. to interlink several physical phenomena in order to address the systems in their entirety in the best possible way.

Typical questions

  • Fluid dynamics,
  • heat transfer,
  • mixing and chemical reactions,
  • interaction with electric and magnetic fields,
  • multi-phase systems (solid-liquid, gaseous-liquid or gaseous-solid),
  • propagation of optical beams.
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