Course code TUM22
Course title Computational Mechanics for Crashworthiness
Institution Technische Universität München
Course address Technische Universität München, Arcisstr. 21, 80333 Munich, Germany
City Munich
Minimum year of study 4th year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words Crashworthiness, Regulations, Impact Mechanics, Car Body Structures, Airbags, Dummies, Human Models, Explicit Finite Element Methods, Material Modeling
Language English
Professor responsible Prof. Dr. Fabian Duddeck
Telephone +
Participating professors Prof. Duddeck and additional lecturers from industry
Number of places Minimum: 5, Maximum: 30, Reserved for local students: 0
Objectives Understanding design aspects and numerical methods for crashworthiness.
Programme to be followed

·         Lectures

o    Introduction into crashworthiness / history of crashworthiness

o    Crash load cases / current legal and consumer requirements

o    Structural design of car bodies for crashworthiness

o    Crash simulation for car bodies using FEM

o    Material modeling for crash (metals and composites)

o    Biomechanics for crashworthiness, dummies and human models

·         Exercise 1: Introduction to LS-Dyna (½ day)

o    Exercise 1a: Basic concepts

o    Exercise 1b: Simulation of an S-Rail impact (FEM)

·         Exercise 2: Simulation and Analysis with LS-Dyna (½ day)

o    Exercise 2a: Crash simulation of metal structures (Crashbox, FEM)

Exercise 2b: Analysis of numerical stability, efficiency, and accuracy 
Prerequisites Basic knowledge of Finite Element Methods (FEM) and Structural Analysis.
Course exam Final written test (1 hour).