ESR 3:
Amol Kulkarni

joined the THREAD project in October 2022 (read his welcome message)

I am Amol Vivek Kulkarni. I came from India. It was my attraction of supercars revving engines and the fast-flying military aircrafts that motivated me to undertake the bachelor’s course in mechanical engineering offered by the Savitribai Phule Pune University.

All through my undergraduate training, Simulation, Design and Analysis held a special place for me. I participated in the student formula SUPRA event, where I gained hands-on experience of modelling and simulation of air intake manifold and powertrain components of an IC engine using commercial softwares. My participating in the student formula event strengthened my determination to pursue a master’s course in computer aided engineering domain.

To explore my research interests, I undertook the master’s course of Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures (COMMAS) at the university of Stuttgart. I undertook my master’s thesis which focused on developing a machine learning based interatomic potential to perform molecular dynamics simulations. Through this work, I developed and implemented a data-driven workflow to train and validate the machine learning model for performing solid solution hardening simulations of Nickel superalloys.

The research based and multidisciplinary orientation of my master’s course and my research projects motivated me to pursue doctoral studies focused on scientific as well as industrial problems. Through the THREAD program, I will be focusing on the simulation and analysis of wire harnesses. Working at the University of Liège in such a well-provided environment with cutting-edge infrastructure is indeed a very motivating and satisfying experience for me. I am sure that I can learn from and contribute to the THREAD project and also interact and collaborate with new and inspiring people.

Amol Kulkarni, October 2022

Host Institution
University of Liège (Belgium)


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 in a project on hair simulation with an open-source rod formulation to be developed by ESR3. The ESR will conduct a comparison of these two approaches in terms of robustness and efficiency. The final aim of ESR3 is to develop a simulation code for mesoscopic structure models to perform virtual experiments able to reproduce and predict the outcome of the experiments performed by ESR11 in hardware.

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.


planned at GDtech (industrial partner), Centrale Supélec and Fraunhofer ITWM

associated with the Industrial Challenges

IC 1 Textile engineering
IC 3 Automotive engineering I
IC 9 Software development