Lightweight system for passenger trains and cruise ships with improved material utilization and more efficient production procedures

Project partners:
Institute for Ship Structural Design and Analysis (TU Hamburg), Siemens Mobility GmbH, Meyer Werft GmbH & Co. KG, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Center of Maritime Technologies gGmbH

Project members:
Sören EhlersAleksandar-Saša Milaković, Carl Rupp, Jürgen Schröder, Wolfgang Koch

Funding party:
Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

07.2021 – 06.2023

Outline: Within the LESSMAT-project the design procedures of passenger trains and cruise ships will be investigated in a cross-industry research project. Since reduction of mass of a vehicle in general holds significant potential in sustainability and cost of manufacture, special attention is given to their lightweight construction and automated production. This will be achieved by exploring novel design approaches focusing on optimized material utilization and production procedures. In these approaches both simulation-based and machine-learning-based design procedures will come into play. TUHH’s work will be mainly on developing these design approaches and implementing industry-specific boundary conditions and objective functions. Furthermore, a fully automated demonstrator will be installed at TUHH in order to put the developed procedures into practice by manufacturing a full-scale specimen.