FEMFAT ACADEMIC AWARD​​​​​​​

Academic Fatigue Research Award

 

The Engineering Center Steyr (ECS) develops the worldwide known and successful fatigue-software FEMFAT. For many years, the ECS relies on the cooperation with technical colleges, universities and F&E institutes. Besides the own innovation power, collaborations form the foundation for the high end technology FEMFAT is known worldwide.

It is of high interest for us to further strengthen these collaborations, to intensify our engagement in the area of fatigue life prediction and to foster students interests in fatigue. 

This intention laid the foundation to initiate the „Academic Fatigue Research Award “. This prize has been awarded 2019 during the International FEMFAT User Meetings in Austria for the first time. This bi-annual conference enables a broad discussion forum to exchange with users from industry, experts from research and science and the FEMFAT development and support team.

This award honors scientific works focused on fatigue life and durability, as well as applications and future developments in fatigue life prediction. A jury represented by experts from industry and science will review the submissions and declare a winner prior to the user meeting. The winner presents his work to an expert auditorium at the International FEMFAT User Meeting (mandatory) which will be part of the ECS Simulation Conference. 

TOPICS

  • New methods in durability analysis
  • New applications for durability analysis
  • Materials and it’s characteristics regarding fatigue strength
  • Light weight aspects of durability
  • Coupling of fatigue analysis and optimization, process simulation, …
  • Interaction between fatigue life simulation and fatigue testing
  • New assessment concepts
  • Investigations of influences on fatigue life 
  • Durability of joining technologies
  • ...

​​​​​​​Deadline of submission: to be announced

The award is open to: Graduate works not older than 3 years like bachelor thesis, master thesis, doctor thesis and habilitation treatise.

Documents: Curriculum vitae, Title of presentation and extended abstract (max. 5 pages including pictures max. 3 pages without pictures) in English

The primary criterion of rating will be the technical novelty and the applicability to industry, but the quality and design of the submitted documents will be judged as well. Decisions of disapproval or non-consideration of registrations have to be accepted

Please also read the competition guideline.

Important Information

​​​​​​​Who can participate?

All students and graduates whose theses/dissertations were approved or completed no more than 3 years before the start of the competition submission period.

Submission period

to be announced

Where do I make my submission?

Submissions should be made electronically via the upload link at femfat.magna.com.

Conditions for submission

Submissions should take the form of an extended abstract (max. 5 pages) in English or in German. The participant’s CV should also be provided. The abstract should include the following information in particular:

  • Improvement in expected fatigue life
  • Industrial applicability
  • Expansion of scope of application to include new materials and/or joints 

If evaluations, marks or awards for the thesis/dissertation exist, these can be included with the abstract.

Participants agree that all their submitted material will be forwarded to the jury members. The jury members will keep the material strictly confidential. By submitting their abstract, participants agree to abide by the rules for deciding the award winner. Participants note in particular that the decision of the jury is final, and that the jury is not required to provide any justification for decisions against individual participants. 

Participants note that the data provided to ECS in the course of sending in their submission will be processed and stored electronically, including:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Electronic contact details (phone no., fax no., e-mail address)
  • CV including photo of participant
  • Participant’s university/higher education institution 
  • Participant’s field of study
  • Title and abstract of thesis/dissertation 
  • Thesis/dissertation supervisor 
  • Thesis/dissertation completion date
  • Non-disclosure notice (yes/no)  

Participants note that in order to receive the prize money the submission must be presented at the ECS Simulation Conference. Participation in the online conference is free of charge. ECS is entitled to publish the abstract in the handouts for the ECS Simulation Conference and to use occasionally a summary provided by the participant in marketing materials. Participant agrees to present the submitted thesis/dissertation in form of a digital poster or lecture in the course of the International FEMFAT User Meeting at the ECS Simulation Conference.

Submissions subject to a non-disclosure notice are also eligible for our competition. The abstract will be treated confidentially, and in the event of uncertainty the jury members reserve the right to request further details. 

The name of the prize winner and the title of the winning thesis/dissertation will be published on the femfat.magna.com homepage. 

Who are the jury?

The jury consists of six people:

Three experts from ECS, two from the automotive industry and one from a university background.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for abstracts “of particular interest” for simulating the fatigue life of components. This open wording was deliberately chosen to give the jury the largest possible scope for discretion in their judgements. The general criteria for jury evaluation include, but are not limited to: 

  • Degree of innovation 
  • Technical level 
  • Scientific specification and design 
  • Independent thought (evidence of new, individual approaches) 
  • Commercial benefit (competitive advantage, improvement for the development process)
  • Other benefits/effects (e.g. lightweight design, optimisation, resources) 

The quality of the submissions determines whether a prize will be awarded, with a prize of € 5000 on offer. Other participants may be invited to attend the Poster presentation. 

The jury will vote to decide the winner and any other outstanding submissions for the Poster session (as mentioned above, the jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed). 

Participants will be informed of the jury’s decision at the latest by the end of February of the respective year. The awards will be presented as part of the ECS Simulation Conference.

Contact
Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co KG
Steyrerstrasse 32
A-4300 St. Valentin

Submissions:
DI Klaus Hofwimmer
Tel.: +43 (0) 7435 501 DW 2322 (Fax 9322)
E-mail: klaus.hofwimmer(at)magna.com

Jury representative:
DI Helmut Dannbauer
Tel.: +43 (0) 7435 501 DW 2310 (Fax 9310)
E-mail: helmut.dannbauer(at)magna.com

  • This award is endowed with € 5.000,- 
  • Precondition for receiving the awarded prize is to present the thesis at the FEMFAT User Meeting during the ECS Simulation Conference
  • ‚Hall of Fame‘ registration of the Academic Fatigue Research Award on the FEMFAT website

Award

 

Paper submission for the next FEMFAT Academic Award will be open soon. Stay posted!

 

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