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WoodC.A.R. - Computer Aided Research

Project Leader
Müller Ulrich, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
01.03.2017-28.02.2021
Programme:
COMET - K-Projekte
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
DI Gottfried Steiner Ingenieurbüro für Kunststofftechnik, Poststrasse 12, 8724 Spielberg, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Doka Industrie GmbH, Reichsstraße 23, A-3300 Amstetten, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Raimund Mauritz;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
DYNAmore GmbH , Industriestr. 2 , 70565 Stuttgart-Vaih, Germany.
Contact person: Thomas Münz;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
EJOT AUSTRIA GmbH & Co KG, Grazer Vorstadt 146, 8570 Voitsberg, Austria.
Contact person: Gerhard Schmidt;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research Karl-Franzens University of Graz (KFU-Graz),, Merangasse 18/I, 8010 Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Tobias Stern;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research Karl-Franzens University of Graz (KFU-Graz),, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Kooperationsplattform Forst Holz Papier, Marxergasse 2/4, 1030 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Mag. Hermine Hackl;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
LEAN Management Consulting GmbH, Liebenauer Hauptstrasse 65, 8041 Graz-Liebenau, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Magna Steyr Engineering GmbH & Co KG, Liebenauer Hauptstrasse 317, 8041 Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Ing. Bruno Götzinger;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
MAN Truck & Bus AG , München, Germany.
Contact person: Dr. Norbert Elbs;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Mattro Mobility Revolutions GmbH , Bergwerkstrasse 1, 6130 Schwaz, Austria.
Contact person: Alois Bauer;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Applied Sciences, ALTE POSTSTRASSE 149, 8020 Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Prof. Lanz;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Vehicle Safety Institute , Inffeldgasse 23/I, 8010 Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Florian Feist;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center, Inffeldgasse 21a, 8010 Graz, Austria.
Contact person: DI(FH) Thomas Jost;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Weitzer Holding GmbH, Klammstrasse 24a, 8160 Weiz, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Weizer Energie- Innovations- Zentrum GmbH , Hauptplatz 7, 8160 Weiz, Austria.
Contact person: Mag.(FH) Bernadette Karner;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
Wood Cluster Styria, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner

Further information: www.woodcar.eu

Staff
Mayer Herwig, Project Staff
Gindl-Altmutter Wolfgang, Project Staff
Grabner Michael, Project Staff
Veigel Stefan, Project Staff
Huber Christian, Project Staff
Pramreiter Maximilian, Project Staff
Stadlmann Alexander, Project Staff
Singer Georg, Project Staff (bis 31.03.2017)
Halbauer Peter, Project Staff
Kumpenza Cedou, Project Staff
Linkeseder Florian, Project Staff (bis 31.07.2020)
Grabner Maximilian, Project Staff
Matz Philipp, Project Staff (bis 30.04.2018)
Nenning Tobias Josef, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2019)
Ehrenmüller Sebastian, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Physics and Material Science
Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials
Funded by
Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
Abstract
Current and future strategic challenges in the automotive industry (i.e. fuel reduction, CO2-balance, self-driving cars, electro-mobility, small city cars and special vehicles) require innovative vehicle concepts. Novel materials, material combinations and composites are urgently needed. Wood provides high stiffness, strength, excellent damping, high resistance against fatigue and a very low density paired with low material costs. Properly applied, modern wood composites are competitive to metals and fibre-reinforced materials. Wood is an abundant, carbon-neutral and renewable resource; raw material costs are low, and especially in Europe high quality wood material is available. Decades of experience in aeronautical, nautical and even in automotive engineering provide abundant proof of wood and wood composites being a reliable construction and engineering material. Wood can broaden the material portfolio in automotive engineering and can help improving the CO2-balance at lower weight and lower costs. However, the application of wood and wood composites in automotive engineering requires precise and reliable material data, e.g. for a very first material selection and later in numerical crash simulations. Last year, a feasibility study (650.000 EUR budget) was performed, proving that wood and wood products can be sufficiently well simulated by means of finite element methods under static and dynamic loads and in crash situations. Components of a few selected car components showed that wood can compete and outperform the baseline products (made of aluminum and fibre inforced plastics) in terms of structural properties, weight and costs.
Still, a more thorough and comprehensive understanding of wood as load-bearing and energy absorbing (crash and vibration) material in vehicle-design is needed. WoodCAR (Wood - Computer Aided Research) will establish the knowledge and the requisites for integrating wood in virtual engineering and the vehicle design process in general. WoodCAR will establish the needed knowledge base on the mechanical properties, the grading, the processing, the integration and the recycling of numerous wood species and wood composites in vehicle design. WoodCAR will evaluate and improve existing and develop advanced material models for use in computer aided engineering (CAE). Sate-of-the-art production, joining and bonding technologies will be reviewed, analyzed, evaluated and integrated in the virtual engineering process. Application cases, not only from the automotive sector, will be selected. Based on meticulous specification sheets, the application cases will be developed by applying the initial virtual engineering process. In continuous feedback-loops, the process will be refined such that it is applicable in an industrial development process. Eventually, demonstrators will be built and tested, proofing the reliability of the virtual engineering process.
Using the experience and expertise gained with the development of selected application cases, WoodCAR will conclude its work with an ample ecologic and economic assessment of wood as loadbearing material in dynamically loaded structures.
Beside technological aspects, quality assessment and economic (bio-economy concepts, life-cycle analysis) will be considered.
Keywords
Numerical mathematics ; Computer aided design (CAD); Computer simulation; Database systems; Materials physics; Traffic engineering; Automotive technology; Production engineering; Strength of materials; Forming; Wood technology; Composites; Wood industry;
Computer Aided Engineering; Computer Simulation ; Automotive Industry; Finite Element Modelling; Wood Composites; Light Weight Design;
Publications

Baumann, G; Stadlmann, A; Kurzböck, C; Feist, F (2019): Crashsichere Holzverbundwerkstoffe in Leichtbaukarosserien der Zukunft.

ATZ - Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift, 11/2019, 54-59; ISSN 2192-8800 FullText

* Jost, T.; Müller, U.; Feist, F. (2018): Wood Composites for Future Automotive Engineering? – Basic Requirement: Crash Simulation of Wood-Based Components.

Konstruktion, 10, 74-82; ISSN 0720-5953 FullText

Müller, U.; Feist, F.; Jost, T. (2018): Holzverbundwerkstoffe im Automobilbau der Zukunft? – Crashtests und Simulation von Holzwerkstoffen vorausgesetzt!.
[18. Holztechnologisches Kolloquium, Dresden, 12. - 13.4.2018]

In: Wagenführ, A.: Selbstverlag TU Dresden, Institut für Naturstofftechnik, Professur für Holztechnik und Faserwerkstofftechnik, 2018 , Tagungsband des 18. Holztechnologischen Kolloquiums. Erschienen in: Schriftenreihe Holz- und Papiertechnik; Band 23; ISBN: 9783867805582

Norbert Swoboda (2018): Wie man Holz unter die Motorhaube bekommt.

Kleine Zeitung, 14.8.2018, 21-21 FullText

Müller, U.; Singer, G.; Kirschbichler, S.; Leitgeb, W.; Jost, T. (2017): The road from creating a material model to a structural component of wood for automotive applications.
[CompWood, Vienna, JUN 7-9, 2017]

In: IMWS Vienna University of Technology. J. Füssl, T.K. Bader, J. Eberhardsteiner, The CompWood 2017 Programme & Book of Abstracts, TU Verlag, Vienna; ISBN: 9783903024496 FullText

Hannes Gaisch-Faustmann, Klaus Höfer, Manfred Neuper (2017): Technologie und Handwerk auf dem Holzweg.

Kleine Zeitung, 4.9.2017, 8-9 FullText

Martin Mühl (2017): Innovationen aus dem Wald.

Kurier , 13.06.2017 FullText

Robert Breitler (2017): Fahrzeugbau auf dem Holzweg.

Kleine Zeitung, 16.03.2017 FullText

Martin Gruber-Dorninger (2016): Die Zukunft des Automobils ist holzig.

Niederösterreichische Nachrichten, 16.06.2016 FullText

Patricia Käfer (2016): Holz, geprüft im virtuellen Crashtest.

Die Presse, 9.12.2016 FullText

Vorträge

Stadlmann, A; Müller, U (2019): Production technologies for wood-based hybrid components.

Joint seminar, BOKU & Kyoto University, May 23, 2019, Kyoto

Kumpenza, C; Stadlmann, A; Feist, F; Jost, T; Mueller, U (2018): The road from creating a material model to a structural component of wood for automotive applications.

1st Vienna Polymer-Group Symposium, Feb 27, 2018, Vienna, AUSTRIA

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