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New Trends in Lightweight Structure Design

Seminar on 11th June 2019 in Zilina, Slovakia

The aim of this state of the art seminar is to examine the simulation of lightweight structure design. 

The objectives of the event is to give an overview of the applications being carried out by various industrial companies, research centres and universities, working in a variety of sectors. 

A lightweight structure is always a result of an optimization process, which can be based on long time practical experiences, on an intuitive engineering design process or can be a result of a computer aided optimization process. All these different ways leading to an optimized lightweight structure, have their own limits and difficulties. The design engineers need to develop for themselves the necessary skills to apply optimization technologies which are fast and robust enough, delivering maybe unusual organic shaped designs. At the same time of course, the simulation engineers must be able to simulate the new production processes to speed up the research work and they need to be able to assess the designs which were built from new materials, just like 3D printed metals or fibre reinforced composites. On top of that, issues must be solved, just like production problems, challenging environmental questions, appearance of undesirable deformation of the lightweight design, decreased robustness, etc.

Even so, the lightweight design becomes more and more important for industry and a significant portion of engineering efforts are devoted to produce lighter products. In some cases, this is a must, the new designs simply need to be light enough to work effectively. This is the case in the automotive industry, aerospace and in architecture for example, where demand is for optimized, light structures in order to able to deliver successful products. In other cases, the lighter weight results in reduced operation costs and also in a strongly reduced carbon footprint during the life span. 

New and novel state-of-the-art approaches will be described, paying close attention to the requirements for industrially effective solutions. Some of the less well understood aspects of the modelling processes will be discussed, such as;
  • optimization algorithms, 
  • 3D printing – simulation aspects of manufacturing and material strength,
  • composite structures – simulation aspects of manufacturing and material strength,
  • consider challenges for future greater application of lightweight materials and technologies,
  • new materials, which play an important role in light weight structures,
  • approaches to the design of software design systems for lightweight structure design are discussed in the context of system flexibility and effectiveness.
Taking account of the increasing activity in simulation in the eastern Europe region, this seminar will be a good opportunity to discuss this topic and meet with other colleagues working in the same area.

Call for Presentations

In the first instance, abstracts of 300-600 words should be submitted for consideration by Friday, 5th April 2019.

Abstracts must be clearly marked with presentation title, author's name, organisation, address, phone numbers and email address.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to prepare an extended abstract (typically 2-4 pages) and a Power Point presentation - full written papers are not required. NAFEMS prides itself on its independence and neutrality so we kindly request that submissions avoid any overt commercialism.

You are invited to submit an abstract by e-mail to


Please note registration invoices will be sent by email in due course, and will include Slovakian VAT of 20%.


Event Type: Seminar
Location: Zilina Slovakia
Date: June 11, 2019


To be confirmed.


There is an opportunity available for your company to exhibit at the seminar, giving you maximum exposure to a highly targeted audience of delegates, who are all directly involved in simulation, analysis, and design.

Please contact Jo Davenport at NAFEMS if you would like more information.

tel: +44 (0)1355 225688