Innovative engineering design: towards a synergistic approach of numerical simulation and experimental analysis

How do we reduce weight while maintaining the performance of structures? This challenge is a fundamental driver in the automotive, aerospace, and energy sectors.

Manufacturers continue to look for improvements in structural efficiency and component costs through integrated assembly. At the same time, many also strive to meet emissions targets and reduce material wastage. Bio-inspired design solutions are often proposed to achieve these targets.

This guest seminar from Dr Stefanie Feih, from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, will examine the research on lightweight design.

The seminar will focus on innovative engineering case studies that use numerical simulation to predict the performance and failure of lightweight structures. This includes fibre reinforced composites, metallic alloys, and hybrid connections between dissimilar materials.

For each case study, Dr Feih will discuss the journey towards achieving synergistic numerical and experimental analysis outcomes. This approach can allow engineers to drive, and successfully validate, innovative design solutions.



Dr Stefanie Feih is a Senior Scientist and Group Manager with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech, A*STAR). She has specialised on the analysis, design and optimisation of innovative lightweight structures in both academic and industry research environments for more than 20 years.

Stefanie holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Germany, an engineering Masters from Cornell University, USA, and was awarded her PhD from Cambridge University, UK, in 2002. She worked for the National Laboratory Risø, Denmark, for three years and RMIT University, Australia, for 10 years prior to moving to Singapore in 2014.

Stefanie has published over 160 journal and conference papers focused on wind, naval, O&G offshore and aerospace structures, and is the co-inventor on two patent applications in the field of lightweight design. She is an elected member of the Executive Council of the International Committee on Composite Materials and an Editorial Board Member for Composites Part A. Stefanie holds an adjunct professorship at RMIT (Melbourne, Australia) and adjunct research associate professorship at the National University of Singapore. She has supervised and graduated 11 PhD and Masters students.

In Singapore, Stefanie leads the Polymer Processing Group consisting of 28 scientists and engineers. The Group focuses on near net shape manufacturing of polymer, polymer composites, and hybrid designs. She has extensive experience in managing large-scale research projects with strong collaborative aspects with international industry and research partners, having been awarded funded projects on aircraft repair, structural optimisation, hybrid material joining and design and performance of composite structures totalling over AUD$33 million.

Date & time

10am 3 Mar 2020


Room:Seminar Room 1.33

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