SIMLab activities brief 2010-2011

International seminars

  • SIMLab arranged an international workshop in December 2010. The topic was the behavior and modelling of lightweight protective structures. The seminar gathered scientists from Norway, Italy, Germany, England, France, USA, South Africa, China and Singapore.
  • In cooperation with LMT-Cachan, a workshop on bake hardening of high-strength steels was held in Paris in June 2010.

Midterm evaluation

The Research Council of Norway carried out a midway evaluation of its CRI centres. SIMLab received excellent remarks.


Elsevier has appointed Adjunct Professor Tore Børvik as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Impact Engineering.

Evaluation committees

  • Professor Magnus Langseth, NTNU has been a member of an International Scientific Committee which has evaluated the new Centre at the University of Valenciennes, France, on Research for Sustainable Transportation.
  • Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad, NTNU has been a member a committee which has evaluated the SYMME Laboratory at the University of Savoie, France.

Keynote lectures

Professor Magnus Langseth, NTNU gave a keynote lectures at the Design and Analysis of Protective Structures conference (DAPS2010) in Singapore 10- 12 May 2010.

Guest lectures abroad

Professor Arild Holm Clausen, NTNU gave a guest lecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 30 November 2010 on the topic "Constitutive Model for Thermoplastics – Calibration and Validation".

Media coverage

  • An article about the filming by Discovery Channel at SIMLab in October was presented in the local newspaper Adresseavisen on 16 October 2010.
  • The magazine Gemini presented an article in the February issue about the Centre activities on the use of aluminium in the automotive industry, i.e. "Cars have put on quite a lot of weight over the last decades, and need to lose weight. European carmakers are getting Norwegian help with their diets. Heavy cars damage the environment more than light-weight cars, and Audi is slimming down their models with help from Trondheim". In addition the spring issue of the same magazine presented a photo of a crushed aluminium profile based on a test in the SIMLab laboratory.
  • SIMLab was presented in the Adresseavisen magazine "BIL & trafikk" 27 May with a focus on the research at the Centre on lightweight design and modelling.
  • SIMLab was also presented in the Norwegian Audi magazine 01/2010 published by the Norwegian Audi dealer Harald A. Møller AS.
  • PhD student Anne Serine Ognedal was interviewed by the university newspaper "Universitetsavisa" about what it is like to be a PhD candidate at SIMLab.

International cooperation

  • Professor Ramzi Othman from Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, stayed at the Centre for two months working on the design of a new Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar.
  • Dr Jidong Kang from McMaster University, Canada, stayed at the Centre for one month working with dynamic strain aging of aluminium alloys.
  • Professor Alan Leacock from the University of Ulster, UK, stayed at the Centre for one month working on forming of aluminium.

The Centre has strong international cooperation due to three international partners, i.e. Audi, Renault and SSAB Swedish Steel. Furthermore, the following organizations are taking active part in the Centre projects in 2010:

• Cotutelle agreements for PhD students:

  • LMT-Cachan (Professor Ahmed Benallal) and Ecole Centrale de Nantes (Professor Ramzi Othman), France;
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Professor Karl Schweizerhof), Germany.

• Other organizations involved in Centre activities:

  • University of Sao Paulo (Professor Marcilio Alves), Brazil. University of Savoie (Professor Lauent Tabourot), France.
  • Impetus Afea (Dr Lars Olovsson), Sweden.
  • Politecnico di Milano (Assoc Professor Andrea Manes), Italy.
  • University of Linköping (Professor Larsgunnar Nilsson), Sweden.
  • Harvard University (Professor John Hutchinson), MIT (Professor Tomasz Wierzbicki), USA.
  • University of Virginia (Professor Hayden Wadley), USA.
  • Technical University of Madrid (Dr. Francisco Gálvez Díaz-Rubio), Spain.

Guest lectures

The following guest lectures have been given at SIMLab in 2010:

  • Professor Em. David Embury, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada gave during his three-day stay at the Centre the following lectures: Basic Mechanisms of Fracture and Design for Fracture Resistance and Routes to the Production of Ultra-fine scale Materials
  • Dr Jidong Kang, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada: Dynamic Strain Aging and Shear Banding in Strip Cast Automotive Aluminium AA5xxx Sheets.
  • Professor Ramzi Othman, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France: Wave separation in Kolsky-Hopkinson bar.
  • Professor Karl Schweizerhof, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany: On the Static Interaction of Fluid and Gas Loaded Multi-Chamber Systems in Large Deformation Finite Element Analysis.
  • Professor Thomas Seelig, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany: Macroscopic and microscopic modelling of thermoplastic polymers.
  • PhD candidate Borja Erice, Polytechnic University of Madrid: JCX model - A new plasticity and failure model for ballistic application.

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