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Master Thesis: FEM study: develop a method for simulating failure in laminated glass during large deformations

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ÅF is an engineering and consulting company for the energy, industrial and infrastructure markets, creating progress for our clients since 1895. By connecting technologies we provide profitable, innovative and sustainable solutions to shape the future and improve people's lives. Building on our strong base in Europe, our business and clients are found all over the world.
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Master Thesis: FEM study: develop a method for simulating failure in laminated glass during large deformations.


Crash worthiness is an attribute in the automotive business with high importance to customers, manufactures, suppliers and regulatory bodies. One important part of predicting large deformation events is good material data for involved parts.  In the heavy vehicle industry, the roll over tests are very demanding and often dimensioning of the structure which drives weight and cost for the manufacturer customer. The behavior of laminated glass is complex to predict and model and therefore the windshield of the vehicle is often omitted from the simulation in order to not overestimate its contribution to the structure.


The objective of this thesis is to develop a method to represent the laminated glass windshield when subjected to large shearing deformations including failure modes and how it affects the connecting structure. The method may also need to include modelling the influence of the windshield adhesive. The work will include a test in a representative environment together with Volvo Bus Corporation. The test will be used for correlation.


The study will be done using Finite Element Method (FEM). Calculations will be done in LS-Dyna and pre- and postprocessing will be done in BETA CAE software (Ansa and Meta). Testing will also be conducted together with Volvo Bus Corporation.

We are Seeking

Preferably one or two Master students with specialization in Applied Mechanics or equivalent. 

About the thesis

The thesis will be carried out at ÅF:s offices at Grafiska vägen 2 in Gothenburg. This thesis is a cooperation with one of our partners within the automotive sector. Our partner has a strong interest in the thesis, thus, there will be regular follow-up meetings on a weekly basis with representatives from Volvo Bus Corporation. 



Who are you?

We offer

We are looking for someone who wants to be part of ÅF’s success story. Are you passionate about technology development? Do you like to work together to find the best solution? Then we can offer you career opportunities in a modern workplace with challenging assignments and exciting projects all over the world.

The ÅF Group is ranked as one of Sweden’s most popular employer among engineers. At ÅF you will be involved in developing innovative and sustainable solutions within infrastructure, energy and industry. We are always looking for the sharpest skills that can create a future society together with us. We hope you will learn as much from us as we will learn from you.

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Jonas Zachrison
+46 105050652

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