Mesoscopic modelling and simulation of wiring harnesses


The ESR will develop models of wire bundles based on non-smooth contact dynamics with applications to wiring harnesses which are compound, multi-wired rod-like structures. The simulation tool will combine an open-source advanced contact solver developed by INRIA with an open-source for flexible multibody systems (including elastic beams) developed at ULiege. The ESR will contribute to the development of this code for beam contact problems and will assess its ability to solve complex frictional contact problems involving many highly flexible rods. The resulting simulation code will be used to develop virtual experiments of wiring harnesses able to reproduce and predict the outcome of the real experiments performed by ESR11 and the team at ITWM in hardware. The virtual experiments will then serve to identify constitutive laws for 1D macroscopic models.

Expected Results

Virtual experiments with mesoscopic models developed by ESR3 yield a powerful tool to analyse and interpret the outcome of the experiments performed by ESR11, provide an independent approach, complementary to the one developed by ESR6, to study harness-like structures, and thus enables a mutual validation of these methods.

Project specific requirements (additional to the Eligibility Criteria)

  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computational Engineering, Computational Physics or related fields is preferred (all backgrounds are welcome to apply).
  • Experience in numerical software development is highly desirable.
  • Experience in modelling methods in mechanics and dynamics is desirable.
  • High standard of spoken and written English.


Primary Supervisor

Olivier Brüls (Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering)

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