Objectives: A paradigm change
“Computer simulation promises to revolutionize the way engineering and science are conducted in the twenty-first century”- US National Science Foundation
The ongoing increase in computational power on the one hand and new modelling demands on the other give rise to a contemporary paradigm change in engineering sciences. The methodical approach to interface problems is both demanding and highly relevant to upcoming industrial applications.
Interface issues arise in many industries, e.g. the tyre industry because tyres exhibit a very complex behaviour during their contact with the road, which up until now could not be modelled sufficiently well, and in their physical behaviour, which could not be modelled numerically with existing finite element software. In other industries, e.g. the aircraft industry, the damage and fracturing processes of modern lightweight structures are of the utmost importance to the safety of modern aircraft structures made of laminated composites.
In many other engineering applications, from different sectors of industry, interface problems are involved on different length or time scales, such as implants in biomechanics or forming problems and bolted connections in steel structures. The successful handling of problems related to different scales can only be performed if new fundamental scientific and engineering methodologies can be developed and explored.
The MUSIC Graduate School, as the only one that concentrates on this specific matter, aims to carry out research into and development of the latest multiscale methods for solving current interface issues in a broad field of applications.