Irfan Haider

ESR 3:
Irfan Haider

My name is Irfan Haider, and I come from Pakistan. My fascination with technological advancements such as in Automotive Engineering, Aerospace and Structural Engineering led me to adopt Computational Engineering as my profession. To achieve my goal, I opted for a Master of Science in Computational Mechanics as my discipline of choice at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

During my master’s studies, I took several courses to broaden and deepen my understanding of Computational Engineering. This not only allowed me to delve deep into my passion for the study of computational methods to study various phenomena but also permitted me to think beyond my perception. Until recently, I have been working as a simulation engineer in the Gear Research Centre on the modeling and simulation of a multi-plate clutch. During my master’s thesis, I worked on the development of a framework to efficiently model and simulate the yarns with bending stiffness.

I have been studying and working with modeling and simulation of various structures and I find the topic of mesoscopic modeling and simulation in the context of automotive applications fascinating. This rigorous and interdisciplinary program will enable me to further enhance my skills in computational methods and in numerical software development.

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), Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (partner organisation), Centrale Supélec and Fraunhofer ITWM

associated with the Industrial Challenges

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