[Title: AKT 2018]

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On 18 and 19 September, the Aachen Body Engineering Days 2018 took place at the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University. For experts in the field of car body development, material and production technologies, the international event is an established forum for professional exchange. Speakers from renowned companies and institutions offered an outlook on strategies and visions in body development and present the latest vehicle bodies and their components. An important element of the conference is the specialist exhibition, in which the latest vehicles, bodywork and innovative structural design concepts were presented. Simultaneous translation during the conference promoted an intensive exchange of experience with international speakers and guests. Again more than 200 experts took part in the conference. Here you can find some impressions from last year.

[Foto: Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein]
Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
[Foto: Dipl.-Ing. Kristian Seidel]
Dipl.-Ing. Kristian Seidel
Department Manager Body


Dr.-Ing. Dinesh Thirunavukkarasu
Manager Research Area Vehicle Structures and Vehicle Concepts & HMI
+49 241 80 25699


Institute for Automotive Engineering,
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen

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Day 1: 18.09.2018

08:30 Registration of conference participants
09:00 Welcome and introduction
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein
Institute for automotive engineering (ika), RWTH Aachen University
[Foto: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein]

Key Note Speeches

09:30 The change of the body structure from ICE to BEV
Dr. Stefan Floeck
Floeck Stefan
10:00 Automotive market trends from an aluminium perspective
Nunzio Cuppoletta
Hydro Extruded Solutions Europe
Cuppoletta Nunzio
10:30 Challenges and design potentials of automated vehicles
Prof. Fügener
Hochschule Pforzheim
[Foto: Prof. Lutz Fügener]
11:00 Coffee break in exhibition space  

Car Body Presentations

11:30 The New Jaguar E-Pace Body Structure
David Hoadley
Jaguar Land Rover
[Foto: David Hoadley]
12:10 The all-new BMW X3. On a mission. Launch worldwide.
Roland Rill, Rolf Selent
[Foto: Roland Rill] [Foto: Rolf Selent]
12:50 Lunch break in exhibition space  
14:20 The all new CUV family from OPEL/PSA
Bernd Pohl, Dr. Stephan Fell
Opel Automobile GmbH
[Foto: Bernd Pohl] [Foto: Dr. Stephan Fell]
15:00 The new Bentley Continental GT – Implementation of a design orientated multi material construction body
Dr. Christian Schübeler
Volkswagen AG
[Foto: Dr. Christian Schübeler]
15:40 Coffee break in exhibition space  

Simulation Methods

16:10 Application of simulation technology in car body development using the example of vertical closures
Andreas Cousin
Ford-Werke GmbH
[Foto: Andreas Cousin]
16:50 Material failure modeling of self-piercing rivet joints in crash simulation
Tony Porsch
Volkswagen AG
[Foto: Tony Porsch]
17:30 End of day 1
19:00 Evening event in Kasteel Bloemendal

Day 2: 19.09.2018

Innovative Structural Concepts

09:00 BENTELER Electric Drive System (BEDS) – The new modular platform for BEV
Leo Leypoldt
Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
Leypoldt Leo
09:40 Development and manufacturing of Al-Structural components along the value chain
Dr. Andreas Hennings
Nemak Europe GmbH
[Foto: Dr. Andreas Hennings]
10:20 Collaborative concept for innovative vehicle structures / Bertrandt and SGL Group present „Carbon Carrier“ technology demonstrator
Klaus Gerst, Bertrandt Ing.-Büro GmbH
Patrick Berger, SGL Group
[Foto: Klaus Gerst] Berger Patrick
11:00 Coffee break in exhibition space
11:30 Design4Flexibility - Body Structures qualifying for flexibility
Dr. Georg Bergweiler
PEM, RWTH Aachen University
[Foto: Dr. Georg Bergweiler]
12:10 Structural reinforcements for minibusses based on Volkswagen Crafter
Dr. Ulrich Berges, Joris Spronck
Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge
[Foto: Dr. Ulrich Berges] [Foto: Joris Spronck]
12:50 Lunch break in exhibition space


14:00 New hot rolled steel grades for electric vehicle body structures
Dr. Chris Lahaije
Tata Steel
[Foto: Dr. Chris Lahaije]
14:40 Innovative Aluminium Alloys with Highest Strength and Improved Formability
Xavier Varone
[Foto: Xavier Varone]
15:20 L7e vehicle with enhanced passive safety by aluminium space-frame structure
Rainer Wolsfeld
Institute for autmotive engineering (ika), RWTH Aachen University
[Foto: Rainer Wolsfeld]
16:00 Summary
16:10 End of conference

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