Still, a more thorough and comprehensive understanding of wood as load-bearing and energy absorbing (crash and vibration) material in advanced applications is needed. WoodC.A.R. (Wood - Computer Aided Research) will establish the knowledge and the requisites for integrating wood in virtual engineering and the industrial design process (e.g. vehicle design) in general. WoodC.A.R. will establish the needed knowledge base on the mechanical properties, the grading, the processing, the integration and the recycling of numerous wood species and wood composites in vehicle design. WoodC.A.R. will evaluate and improve existing and develop advanced material models for use in computer aided engineering (CAE). State-of-the-art production, joining and bonding technologies will be reviewed, analysed, evaluated and integrated in the virtual engineering process. Application cases, not only from the automotive sector, will be selected. Based on meticulous specification sheets, the application cases will be developed by applying the initial virtual engineering process. In continuous feedback-loops, the process will be refined such that it is applicable in an industrial development process. Eventually, demonstrators will be built and tested, proofing the reliability of the virtual engineering process.
Research design: FH JOANNEUM in cooperation with Weizer Energie- Innovations- Zentrum GmbH, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center, Technische Universität Graz and MAN Truck & Bus AG.
The K-Project WoodC.A.R. – Computer Aided Research is funded within the scope of COMET - Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies by BMVIT, BMDW and the federal states Styria and Tyrol. The program COMET is managed by the FFG.