Early Stage Researchers

ESR 7: Material models for composites in crash simulations

Vivekendra Singh

Project: Material models for composites in crash simulations

Nationality: Indian

Host Institution: SICOMP


  • Robin Olsson (SICOMP)
  • Gaurav Vyas (SICOMP)
  • Erik Marklund (SICOMP)
  • Erasmo Carrera (POLITO)

Start Date: 3 July 2017

PhD Status: Enrolled at CHALMERS


  • DLR (4 weeks, Host: Nathalie Toso)
  • CRF (4 weeks, Host: Lucio Cascone)

Work Package: 3

Email: vivekendra.singh@ri.se

Professional Experience

RISE SICOMP, Mölndal, Sweden

Position: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Early Stage Researcher

  • - Project title: Material models for composites in crash simulations
  • - Develop a material model for damage growth in thermoset and thermoplastic composites with an emphasis on assessing the effects of strain rate and friction on micro crack surfaces
  • - Implement the model within a suitable finite-element or particle-based framework which is able to handle strain rate and fragmentation
  • - Embed this model within a multiscale modelling tool to capture the rate dependent damage growth in inhomogeneous laminates under crushing loads
07/2017 - present

Department of Geoscience, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Montpellier, France

Position: Research Assistant (Numerical Simulation)

  • - Developed a new plasticity model for lithospheric mantle deformation using Matlab
  • - Implementation in finite-element software (FEM) with Fortran programming
10/2015 - 06/2017

Institute of Flight Systems, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Braunschweig, Germany

Position: Research Assistant

  • - Worked on my Master project in "Modeling and identification of important multi-body parameters for fast pre-design of wind turbine drivetrain"
  • - Designed and developed a drivetrain model with multi-body simulation software - SIMPACK and Matlab (Simulink)
  • - Analysed the impact of different parameters on the dynamic behaviour of the overall drivetrain
03/2014 - 08/2014

FORCE MOTORS Ltd., Pune, India

Position: Development Engineer (Graduate Engineer Trainee - Transmission)

  • - Designed and developed Gearbox components using CATIA V5
  • - Responsible for development, troubleshooting and enhancement of exisiting products to improve performance
  • - Conducted root cause analysis and FMEA for product quality problems
02/2011 - 02/2012

Diwan Chand Suraj Prakash Jain Foundary, Agra, India

Position: Technical Intern

  • - Designed and developed a plastic fuel tank (injection molding) with CATIA V5 for the automotive industry
  • - Created 3D design data and 2D drawings
  • - Implementation of tolerance calculations and documentation of work results
  • - Coordinated with different departments, customers and suppliers
06/2010 - 02/2011


Department of Product and Production Development, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ph.D., Industrial & Materials Science
  • - Project title: Material models for composites in crash simulations
  • - Ph.D. project as part of the Material and Computational Mechanics Research Group
2017 - present

Institute of Computational Mechanics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg & Essen, Germany
  • Master of Science, Computational Mechanics
  • - Master thesis: Modeling and identification of important multi-body parameters for fast pre-design of wind turbine drivetrain (in collaboration with Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.)
  • - Major fields of study: Structural mechanics (FEM), Fluid mechanics (CFD), Thermodynamics, Testing of metallic materials, Analysis of structures, Turbulent flows
2012 - 2015

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Army Institute of Technology - University of Pune, Pune, India
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • - Bachelor thesis: Calibration of different type of notches
  • - Major fields of study: Design of machine elements, Strength of materials, CAD/CAM
2006 - 2010

Research Interests

During my educational journey and work experience over the last years, the use of computational techniques for mathematical modelling and simulation has always been my keen interest area. I became interested in the broad field of computational techniques used to solve practical problems, and I have found the ICONIC project well suited to my interest. I am extremely fascinated by material modelling and the numerical approach to generate highly efficient, lightweight transportation composite structures that will provide the maximum protection to occupants through superior crashworthiness. I believe that the development of efficient numerical and experimental methods in this scientific field is crucial for a better understanding of physical processes, as well as for the design of sustainable composite structures.



V. Singh (2018). Literature survey of strain rate effects on composites. Open report TR18-001, RISE SICOMP, Mölndal, Sweden. - Publication PDF


Promotion of ICONIC and the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA programme at the DRaF symposium


During my secondment at Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. in Pomigliano d’Arco (Italy), I attended the International Symposium on Dynamic Response and Failure of Composite Materials (DRaF) on 12-15th June 2018 in Ischia. During the interesting symposium, I interacted with the attendees and presenters, and promoted my ICONIC research work and the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA programme.