Selected activities from previous years, including awards, keynote and guest lectures, exchanges and and media coverage.
Selected press clippings
SIMLab on TV
The SIMLab partners have visited Trondheim in connection with the release of SIMLab Tool Box version 2.0. The Norwegian Broadcating Network NRK visited the seminar on Wednesday November 13. The feature can be seen here:
Computer crash pays off
SIMLab was portrayed in an article in Norway's biggest subscription newspaper Aftenposten (The Evening Post) on October 24th 2013. The article presents SIMLab's work with numeric simulations and how this can make Norwegian and European companies more innovative and profitable.
Six new PhDs at SIMLab
Six new PhD students are starting at SIMLab this autumn. Four of them as a part of CRI SIMLab and the other two on projects with other external funding. We welcome them to the SIMLab team.
From left: Jens Kristian Holmen, Petter Holmstrøm, Johan Kolstø Sønstabø, Erik Grimsmo, Lars Edvard Dæhli and Arne Ilseng.
Jens Kristian Holmen's project has the working title Computer-aided design of lightweight protective structures. He is supervised by professor Tore Børvik.
Petter Holmstrøm's project is titled Modelling of the mechanical behaviour of fibrereinforced polymers. Professor Arild Holm Clausen is supervising Petter.
Johan Kolstø Sønstabø will be studying the Behaviour and modelling of flow drilling screws. Professor Magnus Langseth is the supervisor. The project is funded by Honda R&D USA and is not a part of the CRI.
Erik Grimsmo's project is titled Bolted connections subjected to transient loading conditions. Erik's supervisor is professor Arild Holm Clausen.
Lars Edvard Dæhli is working with Modelling of damage and fracture in aluminium alloy structures. His supervisor is professor Odd Sture Hopperstad.
Arne Ilseng's project is called Behaviour and modelling of elastomers subjected to a wide spectre of pressures and temperatures. Arne's supervisor is professor Arild Holm Clausen. The project is funded by Aker Solutions and is not a part of the CRI.
Professor Torger Reve på besøk hos SIMLab
Torger Reve, professor i strategi og industriell konkurranseevne ved Handelshøyskolen BI, besøkte SIMLab den 28. mai 2013. Reve deltok i diskusjoner med SIMLabs ledelse og holdt i tillegg en gjesteforelesning for ansatte ved Institutt for konstruksjonsteknikk, NTNU.
Utgangspunktet for Reves besøk var arbeidet hans med boken "Et kunnskapsbasert Norge" som ble utgitt i forbindelse med et stort forskningsprosjekt med samme navn.
Les mer om prosjektet her: http://etkunnskapsbasertnorge.wordpress.com/
Vi takker Torger Reve for gode innspill og en engasjerende forelesning.
Fra venstre: Professor Torger Reve og Magnus Langseth
SIMLab’s annual Board meeting 2013
SIMLab's annual board meeting and seminar was hosted by Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products in Bonn, Germany on 6 and 7 May 2013. Thanks to Hydro for the hospitality and to all the participants for a fruitful seminar.
The seminar venue at Hydro in Bonn.
Magnus Langseth presenting the Annual Report for 2012.
The seminar participants.
SIMLab Board members. From left: Tore Tryland, Rudie Spooren, Arjan Strating, Trond Furu, Tsukatada Mastumoto, Eric Vaillant, Per Kr. Larsen, Helge Langberg, Astrid Vigtil, Magnus Langseth, Thorsten Rolf, Karl Vincent Høiseth, Henning Fransplass.
All photos: Max Malsch
Utlysning av nye sentre for forskningsdrevet innovasjon
Norges forskningsråd har besluttet å lyse ut nye sentre for forskningsdrevet innovasjon. SFI SIMLab trekkes frem som et eksempel på en vellykket SFI. Vi setter stor pris på anerkjennelsen.
SIMLab Annual report 2012
The annual report for 2012 is now available. Download the report to read about last year's activities at SIMLab!
Improving the best
In Trondheim, Norway, a truly international group of researchers are busily working on their PhD theses. In doing so, they are helping some of the world's leading industrial players improve their performance. This leaflet gives you a chance to meet them! Enjoy!
2012 – Et godt år for SIMLab
Acknowledgement from Benteler
Benteler's Anders Artelius, team leader for aluminum technology, understates the value of the collaboration with CRI SIMLab. SIMLab plays an important role in supporting and enhancing Benteler's own aluminium competence. Artelius talked about this at a conference organized by the Norwegian Association for the Packing Industry.
Read more here:
Three new Doctors from SIMLab in 2012
2012 has been a truly productive year for SIMLab. Three of SIMLab's ph.d candidates have defended their thesis this year. We congratulate them with their doctor's degree!
Dr. Egil Fagerholt
On March 30th Egil Fagerholt defended his thesis titled Field Measurements in Mechanical Testing Using Close-Range Photogrammetry and Digital Image Analysis. His supervisors were Professor Tore Børvik and Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad. Egil Fagerholt now works as a Postdoc at SIMLab, focusing on further development of the DIC-system from his Ph.d work.
Dr. Egil Fagerholt with the committee and supervisors. From Left: Odd Sture Hopperstad, Tore Børvik, Pierre Vacher, François Hild, Egil Fagerholt and Arve Grønsund Hanssen.
Dr. Gaute Gruben
Gaute Gruben defended his thesis, Ductile Fracture in Dual-Phase Steel, on October 4th. Gaute Gruben was supervised by Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad and Professor Tore Børvik. Dr. Gruben now has a Postdoc position at SIMLab.
Dr. Gaute Gruben with the committee and supervisors. From left: Odd Sture Hopperstad, Norman Jones, Ørjan Fyllingen, Gaute Gruben, Larsgunnar Nilsson, Magnus Langseth and Tore Børvik
Dr. Anne Serine Ognedal
Anne Serine Ognedal defended her thesis titled Large-Deformation Behaviour of Thermiplastics at Various Stress Rates on November 15th. Professor Arild Holm Clausen and Professor Odd Sture Hopperstad were Ognedal's supervisors.
Dr. Anne Serine Ognedal with the committee and supervisors. From left: Tore Børvik, Nadia Bahlouli, Arild Holm Clausen, Anne Serine Ognedal, Frode Grytten, Odd Sture Hopperstad and Franck Lauro.
Magnus Langseth elected member of DYMAT Governing Board
SIMLab Director, Professor Magnus Langseth, has been elected member of the DYMAT Governing Board. He was elected by the DYMAT General Assembly at the 10th International DYMAT Conference in Freiburg 2-7 September 2012.
The DYMAT Governing Board is directing the DYMAT association – European association for the promotion of research into the dynamic behavior of materials and its applications. DYMAT aims at uniting specialists in the "general field of impact with a particular focus on the study of the mechanical properties of materials at high strain rates, their modeling and associated numerical simulations as well as the applications of this work." (http://www.dymat.org/aboutDYMAT/statutes.html) Among other things, an international conference is held every three years.
Read more about DYMAT here: http://www.dymat.org
Hydro Alumium visit
The President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Aluminium, Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg, visited SIMLab on 18 April. Hans Erik Vatne, Senior Vice President and the new Head of Technology at Hydro, was leading the delegation. The agenda was future challenges in aluminium research and the test facilities available at SIMLab. The visit understates Hydro's interest in SIMLab's work and how Hydro plays a vital role to SIMLab as a partner.
The meeting was also covered by the press. See more here:
SIMLab Annual report 2011
The annual report for 2011 is being printed as we speak. The digital version is available, however. Download the annual report to read about last year's activities. In addition, five of SIMLab's partners have been interviewed, focusing on how SIMLab's work benefits the partners and how the knowledge is transferred.
Midway Evaluation of the Centre
The fourteen Centres for Research-Based Innovation (CRI) supported by the Research Council of Norway were evaluated by one-day site visits in October 2010, approximately 3.5 years after they were started and about midway in the planned eight-year programme. The evaluation had two main purposes:
• To form the basis for a decision by the Research Council of Norway about whether to continue financing of
each individual centre for the final three years of the eight-year term.
• To give comment and advice to the centres about their activities and how it should be improved.
Each Centre was evaluated by a team of four experts. Two of them were experts that had the competence to evaluate the Centre from a scientific point of view. Two further "generalists" had experience from similar programmes for university-industry research collaboration. The "generalists" evaluated the management, organization and funding of the Centre, and also its interactions with user partners, in terms of mutual mobility of researchers, transfer of results and stimulation of innovations.
SIMLab was evaluated on 27 October 2010, and the conclusions and recommendations from the panel were as:
SIMLab is characterized by excellent research conducted under dynamic leadership by a group of students and senior scientists that seem to cooperate well both internally and with user partners, from which they receive strong support. The evaluation team encourages the Centre to continue its work along the lines presented in the written report and during the presentation. We recommend:
• That the transfer of results for application in partner industries be enhanced by arranging courses specifically designed for individual partners.
• That the Centre vigorously continue its efforts to ensure continuation after 2014.
• That strong efforts be pursued to engage more women as senior researchers and students in SIMLab activities.
• That the Centre pay some attention to the fact that the present rather informal way of management is effective, but highly dependent on personal contacts.
Based on the evaluation report the Research Council of Norway has approved a prolongation of SIMLab from 2012 to 2014 without requiring any improvements.
SIMLab on Discovery Channel
SIMLab's research is showcased on Discovery Channel on December 15th at 22.00. As a part of the TV series MegaWorld, Director Magnus Langseth and Professor Tore Børvik are interviewed and several tests are shown in detail.
Tune in on Discovery Channel on Thursday the 15th at 22.00.
MegaWorld is a Discovery Channel Canada production that focuses on achievements in science and engineering. In 2010 an episode focusing on Norway was filmed and airs on Discovery Channel all over the world. In addition to SIMLab, this episode also presents CHC Helicopters in Stavanger, Moxy Doosan Dump Trucks in Elnesvågen, Ski Flying Hill in Vikersund, The Ulstein X-bow in Ulsteinvik, Eker Design in Fredrikstad and Nammo Explosives in Raufoss.
Arild Clausen awarded
Arild Clausen awarded as best educator at Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Norwegian consulting engineering company Norconsult has awarded SIMLab professor Arild Clausen for his teaching abilities. The price is established to draw attention to the need for capable educators. Clausen is honoured for his way of presenting the curriculum. His lectures are always well prepared and he is popular among the students. Read more here:
Professor Øystein Grong awarded
Professor Øystein Grong has been awarded the prestigious international Comfort A. Adams Memorial Award for 2011, presented by the American Welding Society (AWS). Øystein Grong received the price at the FABTECH conference in Chicago in November. He also gave a lecture at the conference titled "Recent Advances in Solid State Joining of Aluminium". This lecture will later be in print in the Welding Journal, published by AWS.
Professor Øystein Grong was awarded for the development of the Hybrid Metal Extrusion and Bonding Method (HYB).