ECCOMAS approves THREAD’s network wide training event as Thematic conference on Highly flexible slender structures (HFSS 2023)

ECCOMAS, the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences, is a scientific organization grouping together European associations with interests in the development and applications of computational methods in science and technology. Its Managing Board has approved THREAD’s network wide training event nwt 4 as one of 30 ECCOMAS Thematic conferences planned in 2023 on […]

Updated list of THREAD’s scientific publications

So far, there have been a number of publications in THREAD. This list will be updated continuously so all interested readers have the opportunity to read up on the newest developments in THREAD. All publications are open access which means free online access for any user. Articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals Elena Celledoni, Andrea Leone, […]

Bringing together mathematicians and industry: Math meets Industry (nwt13)

On 2nd and 3rd of June, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norwegian Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation and European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry organized Math meets Industry, an event with an opportunity to bring together the doctoral researchers and faculty members from Norwegian math departments with industry representatives. In this […]

THREAD: Living the project

Konstantina, Denise and Ergys report on their research and other THREAD related activities in a video that was produced by film-maker Anne Scheschonk and a team of WTV – Der Offene Kanal aus Wettin e.V., now available at THREAD’s YouTube channel. In the first two weeks, the video and its versions with Albanian subtitles, with […]

Halle-Kaiserslautern-Erlangen-Trondheim-Oslo: Indrajeet’s scientific expedition

After an exciting period of secondment in Halle for one month, Indrajeet’s scientific expedition continues further to Kaiserslautern for the nwt3 event, which was immediately followed by a warm welcome in Erlangen, Germany by the team of LTD in Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) for the secondment period of 07.05.2022 – 31.05.2022. The first day started with […]

Fraunhofer ITWM in Kaiserslautern hosted three secondments between April and May 2022

ESR10, Martina, had the possibility to test the unloaded shafts provided by Karl Storz Estonia during her previous secondment. The purpose of this secondment was indeed the investigation of the stiffness parameters of such complex devices like endoscopes with the use of MeSOMICS at ITWM Fraunhofer. It was interesting and challenging to do some hands-on […]

One month in Halle with Konstantina, Ergys and Indrajeet

It has been an amazing journey with Indrajeet (ESR 2), Konstantina (ESR 8) and Ergys (ESR 5) together for the secondment in Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Halle (Saale), Germany. Each of the ESRs worked diligently in their part of doing collaborative research work, along with taking back great memories together from social events. Prof. Martin Arnold […]

Andrea and Jan’s secondment in Liège

Our one-month secondment at the University of Liège has passed very quickly. Working together with a local team of experts on robotics and dynamics was a very pleasant and beneficial experience. We had the opportunity to collaborate closely with ESR2 Indrajeet Patil and Prof. Olivier Brüls on topics related to our projects, namely contact mechanics […]

MaGIC 2022: a magic experience

Another THREAD network-wide training was successfully completed. The Manifold and Geometric Integration Colloquia (MaGIC) took place in Ilsetra, Norway, from 28 February to 4 March 2022. From the THREAD consortium, Denise Tumiotto (ESR1), Indrajeet Patil (ESR2), Andrea Leone (ESR4), Ergys Çokaj (ESR5) and Martina Stavole (ESR10), together with the PIs Elena Celledoni and Brynjulf Owren, […]

Studying Exudyn in the Alps: Narges’s secondment in Innsbruck

From February first until March, I did my secondment at the University of Innsbruck. In the first days, I visited the university and all the facilities such as the mechatronic lab. On the other hand, I started to become familiar and know how to work with Exudyn, which was an elaborated software with many interesting […]

Save the date: Annual meeting at Liège, 26 September – 28 September 2022

The THREAD team at University of Liège invites the consortium to its Annual meeting from 26 September to 28 September 2022. The 14 fellows (ESRs) will report on the progress of their research projects and the consortium will discuss next steps in the research workpackages as well as with respect to dissemination and communication activities. […]

Denise finishes her industrial secondment with fleXstructures

On 18 October, my industrial secondment in fleXstructures started. The company fleXstructures, based in Kaiserslautern, dedicates itself to the commercial and technical services of the software IPS cable simulations developed in Göteborg (Sweden). During my stay, I worked under the supervision of Michael Koch and Jiajun Gu. They both welcomed me and helped me learn […]

Research secondments boost scientific cooperation in the THREAD network

Year 2022 starts with a series of research secondments within the network. In a few days, Narges (THREAD’s ESR 7 from Seville) will go for one month to the University of Innsbruck. Afterwards, the MaGIC 2022 Colloquium on Manifolds and Geometric Integration in Ilsetra (Norway) will be the next highlight at network level. In March, […]

Circular Braiding: The Industrial Experience with Centexbel

Here we come to a successful end of an exciting industrial experience in Centexbel, Belgium. The hands-on experience with the circular braiding machine, its cutting-edge performance, the limitations as well as facing difficulties even to the extent of witnessing its breakdown has been a remarkable experience in the scientific pursuit. The secondment had been split […]

Konstantina’s secondment with industrial partner LEITNER

From 20 September to 20 December I had the luck to complete a three-month-long secondment in LEITNER company. LEITNER, a top manufacturer of ropeway systems, was the ideal environment for me to get an industrial experience in a field directly linked to my research topic. Investigating highly flexible axially moving beams with co-moving discrete masses, […]

Three THREAD related sessions at ECCOMAS Multibody Dynamics 2021 conference

From 12 December – 15 December, 2021 the 10th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics was held at the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary. Because of the pandemic situation in most European countries, the conference with its three plenary lectures and more than 140 contributed papers had to be organised in a […]

Advanced training on modelling and simulation of contact-friction interactions

CentraleSupélec, in Gif-sur-Yvette, France, was host to the one-week training (15 to 19 November) on “Modelling and simulation of contact-friction interactions in assemblies of rods / beams”. During this training, participants learned about different available approaches to treating frictional and non-frictional contact. During the first two days and a half, lectures were given by Damien […]

Learning about endoscopes in Estonia – Martina’s industrial secondment

My industrial secondment at Karl Storz ended. The aim of the internship was to study the stiffness parameters of endoscopes for modelling purposes through an experimental campaign carried out on several endoscopes. During these three months I learnt a lot more than what was planned at the beginning. The engineers and the workers from every […]

Sudhanva’s secondment with his industrial partner

In August of 2021, I was fortunate to start my secondment with our industrial partner in Ljubljana. Here at Chair of Mechanics, UL FGG, we have a strong industrial cooperation with the building materials research institute Igmat d.d. and I had the privilege to learn a lot through experimentation at their test facilities under the […]

Upcoming events: nwt8 and nwt9b

CentraleSupélec will be the host of nwt8 from 15 to 19 November 2021. The ESRs will learn about the modelling and simulation of contact-friction interactions in assemblies of rods / beams. The training consists of courses, practical work and a round-table discussion about the challenges in the choice of models for frictional contact interactions, and […]

Second annual meeting in Seville

Presentation of research results and discussion From 5th to 7th October, the second annual meeting of THREAD took place in the beautiful city of Seville, hosted at the facilities of the University of Seville (USE). During this time, each ESR presented their research results to the consortium as well as the current status of their […]

Annual meeting of THREAD in Seville

In less than two weeks, from 5 to 7 October, the THREAD consortium will meet in beautiful Seville for the second annual meeting, organised by the University of Seville. We will discuss not only the progress we have made so far in terms of research, training and communication but also the plan for the remaining […]

Marielle completes a two-month secondment to industry

In the spring of 2021, I was fortunate enough to be able to “officially” start my secondment with ENSAM’s industrial partner VALEO. The situation was made a bit more complicated due to the work-from-home mandate, but I was able to collaborate with the team of scientists at VALEO online via Google meets. The experience was […]

Denise’s and Jan’s secondment in Innsbruck: June / July 2021

Working at the University of Innsbruck has been a wonderful experience. The great team of mechatronics has welcomed us as part of the group since the beginning. During the days at the university, we were able to learn not only from Prof. Gerstmayr and ESR 8 Konstantina Ntarladima but also from the other PhD students […]

Network wide training on Communication, Knowledge transfer and Gender awareness

A three-day Network wide training programme on Communication, Knowledge transfer and Gender awareness was held at the University of Ljubljana between 30th June and 2nd July. Although the training was held as a hybrid event, most of the ESRs were able to attend it on-site which made it fruitful. On the day 1 we had […]

Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) hosts two secondments

Our 1-month secondment at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) was a wonderful experience. We learned a lot from everybody at the Chair of Applied Dynamics. Working on discrete mechanics of beams was very useful for our individual projects in THREAD and all the discussions we had with the scientific staff at FAU were very valuable for us as young researchers.  We did […]

Two Young Researchers Minisymposia at NUMDIFF-16

THREAD ESRs will contribute two Young Researchers Minisymposia to the scientific programme of an international conference on the numerical solution of differential and differential-algebraic equations (NUMDIFF-16) in September 2021. The first one with up to seven talks will focus on “Interactions of beam like structures in a 3D world” (Call for papers). It is organised […]

New series of industrial secondments launched in May 2021

At the heart of THREAD’s comprehensive secondment programme are the industrial secondments with a length of three months. They are of high importance to fulfill the main objective of THREAD which is interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral training. The series of 14 individual industrial secondments was started by Jan in November 2020. Luckily despite of all known […]

Virtual event at Mevea Ltd. on Digital twins in engineering education

According to Wikipedia, digital twins are virtual representations that serve as the real-time digital counterpart of physical objects or processes. In engineering, they help to get deeper knowledge on existing systems and products and to predict and to optimise the performance of future products. On May 19th, 2021 THREAD’s industrial partner Mevea Ltd. (Lappeenranta, Finland) […]

Industrial workshop of PRINCIPIA SAS on modelling of offshore wind turbines

The industrial workshop of PRINCIPIA SAS, on modelling of offshore wind turbines, was held online on April 15-16, 2021. This workshop was organized by CentraleSupélec and PRINCIPIA SAS. PRINCIPIA is an engineering company specialized in oil & gas engineering, marine renewables energies, naval harbour engineering and nuclear activities. The workshop was focused on the software […]

Future Leaders

It is the 25th of March, a new training with my international colleagues begins! These courses are the perfect occasion to know each other better, even if we are far away. The training is different from many of the previous ones. It talks about the future of each one of us, the sea of possibilities […]

Mug and bag with Halle University lion for Leone

Two online courses in a row, no joint coffee breaks, no small talk … but goodie bags from MLU‘s Transfer and Entrepreneurship Office that were sent by parcel to all our ESRs. Not all of them arrived in time for unboxing at the closing session of nwt 12 course but finally the parcels found their […]

End of March 2021: Two online courses combined in one week

THREAD’s network wide training programme is continued by online courses on Research ethics, Research valorisation and Entrepreneurship (nwt 12 on March 25, 26 and 27) and Textile engineering and Cable harnesses (nwt 7 on March 29, 30 and 31). The course on Research ethics, Research valorisation and Entrepreneurship is hosted by the Transfer and Entrepreneurship […]

Davide Murari (NTNU) attended MaGIC 2021 at Ilsetra, Øyer, Norway

The network wide training nwt 9, Manifolds and Geometric Integration Colloquia (MaGIC), took place during the first week of March 2021. Unfortunately, for most people it was not possible to join it in Norway, but it still was a very interesting training. Throughout the 3 days of talks, we had the possibility of learning about […]

MaGIC 2021

MaGIC moments

The Manifolds and Geometric Integration Colloquia (MaGIC 2021) started at Ilsetra, Øyer, Norway as a hybrid physical and digital event with contributions by 8 ESRs from the THREAD consortium. The tradition of the MaGIC meeting is to do some skiing in the middle of the day. The organisers encourage everyone, in the good MaGIC style, […]

LEITNER workshop

Toni Jelušić’s report on the workshop dealing with ropeway systems

On February 25 & 26, 2021 the members of the THREAD network participated in an online workshop dealing with ropeway systems: “THREAD Industrial workshop with Leitner”. The event was organized by the University of Innsbruck and the company Leitner. Leitner is a company specialized in rope-hauled passenger transport systems and an industrial partner of the […]

Two-day workshop on current questions in ropeway systems

THREAD’s next Industrial Workshop is held on February 25th and 26th. The online workshop is organised by teams from the University of Innsbruck and LEITNER. We are very grateful to the the employees of company LEITNER and its partners for providing us with detailed insight into their technical products, especially during the pandemic which is […]

Jan completed his industrial secondment at SPACE-SI, Ljubljana

I was looking forward to the secondment at SPACE-SI from the start of the project. They are breaking new ground in Slovenia and elsewhere with their space application technology. I saw this as an opportunity to learn a lot about the specifics of this field but also as part of the so needed networking that […]


Andrea Leone (ESR 4) and Ergys Çokaj (ESR 5) report on nwt 6

The advanced research network wide training 6 “Geometric numerical integration and Lie group integrators” organized by our host institution, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), from 1st to 9th February, has been successfully completed. It was a fully digital event divided in two main parts: Structure preserving and geometric numerical integration of differential equations […]


Save the date: Industrial Workshop with LEITNER ropeways at the end of February

THREAD‘s industrial workshop with LEITNER ropeways will be held on February 25-26, 2021. Due to the pandemic, it will be fully online and the organisers will do their best to provide insights into ropeway systems. Talks by LEITNER on the first morning will be followed by an afternoon workshop with ESRs to place their research […]

MaGIC 2021: Workshop on Manifolds and Geometric integration goes online

The annual informal workshop, Manifolds and Geometric Integration Colloquia (MaGIC) is organized by the Numerical Analysis groups in Bergen and Trondheim. This year MaGIC will be organised in a hybrid digital / physical setting in the week March 1 to 5, 2021. Due to recent travel restrictions the organisers invite all the non Norwegian participants […]

nwt6 webpage at NTNU

nwt6 starting soon

On Monday, February 1st the online course on Geometric integration and Lie group methods (nwt6) will start at NTNU. The local website is now online. It is still under construction and will be regularly updated with new information.