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10-12 April 2018 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Joining in Car Body Engineering 2018

Agenda - Module 2


Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Module 1: Adhesive bonding and hybrid bonding

Module 2: Thermal and mechanical joining

- joint session of both modules -

8.45h       Welcome and introduction to Module 2

Joining in current car body projects 

9.00h        Behavior and modeling of adhesively bonded self-piercing riveting connections between steel and aluminium
Matthias Reil, BMW Group, DE
9.30h       Innovations in joining techniques - The body in white structure of the new Audi A8
Dr. Dominik Hußmann, Audi AG, DE
10.00h       Joining technologies in the new Volvo XC60
Per Lindahl, Dr. Marcus Schmidt, Volvo Car Corporation, SE
  • Coffee and contacts | Meet the Speakers 

Progress in joining simulations 

11.10h       Automated dimensioning of self-pierce rivet joints
Dr. Thomas Tassler, Volkswagen AG, DE
11.40h       Behaviour and modelling of flow-drill screw connections
David Morin, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Structural Engineering, NO
12.05h       Characterisation and modelling of joints - the JOINTTOOL project
Dr. Ir. Stijn Jonckheere, KU Leuven / Flanders Make (core lab DMMS-D), BE
12.30h       Tools for optimization of hybrid joints
Per-Johan Wahlborg, Swerea IVF, SE
  • Live Polls in the auditorium
  • Lunch break | Meet the Speakers

Joining new materials 

14.25h       Joining concept for the integration of a fiber composite component into a vehicle door made of aluminium or steel
Dr. Frederic Flüggen, Volkswagen AG, DE
14.55h       Performance of self-pierce riveted joints of ultra-high-strength press-hardened steels with part tensile strengths up to 2000 N/nm
Maximilian Stähling, TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, Kompetenzzentrum "Automotive, Mobilität und Materialforschung" (AutoM), DE
15.20h       Mechanical and thermal-mechanical joining of ultra-high strength steels with aluminium for lightweight car bodies
Vadim Sartisson, Paderborn University, Laboratory for Material and Joining Technology (LWF), DE
  • Coffee and contacts | Meet the Speakers

- End of Module 1 -


Module 2: Thermal and mechanical joining


Line welding innovations 

16.25h       Increasing of brazed joint strength with the use of copper-based filler metals for the joining of high-strength steels
Thorsten Twiehaus, RWTH Aachen University, Welding and Joining Institute, DE
16.50h       Inspection of laser beam welded joints with inductive excited thermography systems
Dr. Christian Srajbr, edevis GmbH, DE; Kurt Brunner, Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG, AT
17.15h       Closed-loop quality control system for remote laser welding of aluminium BIW components: current development and future strategy
Dr. Pasquale Franciosa, WMG International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick; Dr. Sujit Chatterjee, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.; UK
17.45h       Potential of innovative welding technologies for the application of 7xxx series aluminium alloys in car body construction
Dr. habil. Frank Riedel, Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU), DE
  • Get Together | Meet the Speakers
  • Networking Night Module 2

Thursday, 12 April 2018


Module 2: Thermal and mechanical joining


New joining technologies 

8.30h       Friction Element Welding - new areas of application in mixed material car bodies
Dr. Uwe Alber, Audi AG, DE
8.45h       Friction Element Welding for mixed material constructions - the development task
Mario Maiwald, Ejot GmbH & Co. KG, DE
9.00h       Ultrasonic assisted self-piercing riveting
Florian Woelke, Robert Bosch GmbH, DE; Harald Lukosz, Bosch Rexroth GmbH, DE
9.25h       High-strength aluminium-steel friction stir welds in particular for hybrid tailor welded blank applications
Martin Werz, Materials Testing Institute , University of Stuttgart (MPA), DE

Modern spot welding technologies  

9.50h       Single-sided resistance spot welding of hybrid joints
Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Bergmann, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Department of Production Engineering, DE
  • Coffee and contacts | Meet the Speakers
10.55h       Susceptibility of zinc coated, 800 MPa class dual phase steel sheets to liquid metal embrittlement during resistance spot welding
Julian Frei, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), DE
11.20h       Influence of the microstructure of spot welded dissimilar steel joints on the performance of part-like geometries
Chris Frohwein, Volkswagen AG, DE
11.50h       Oscillation Resistance Spot Welding - a new approach for joining aluminium cost-effectively
Markus Tuchtfeld, Volkswagen AG; Kay Nagel, Nimak GmbH; DE
12.20h       Expanding the process-limits of aluminium stud welding by using a helium-containing atmosphere
Christoph Hader, Daimler AG, DE
  • Live Polls in the auditorium
  • Lunch break | Meet the Speakers
14.20h       Resistance welding challenges in mass production
Johannes Kaptain, Ford Motor Company, US
14.50h       High volume resistance spot welding solutions for aluminium to aluminium and aluminium to steel joining, using standard spot welding equipment
Sullivan Smith, TWI Ltd., UK; Dennis Lloyd, Luvata UK Ltd., UK
15.15h       Numerical simulation of the resistance spot welding process of high strength steels with focus on the modelling of the softening zone
Fabian Schreyer, Materials Testing Institute University of Stuttgart (MPA), DE

OEM conclusions

OEM Advisory Board experts on trends and current challenges in car body joining technology.

15.55h       Farewell address and end of the conference

Status as of: 19.02.2018

Programme Coordination

Dr. Dirk Meine

Dr. Dirk Meine

Automotive Circle
T +49 511 9910-319


Conference Organisation

Jannike von Kampen

Jannike von Kampen

Senior Event Manager
Automotive Circle
T +49 511 9910-384


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