The IVP is specialized in the digital modeling of manufacturing processes. This includes in particular the virtual validation of entire manufacturing chains. In the field of forming processes, the main tasks are both the optimization of process steps and the mathematical representation of influences caused, for example, by material fluctuations or changes in tribological conditions. To the strengths of the IVP belong the specially developed material and failure models, which are required for an exact digital process mapping.
For the simulation of fine blanking processes, the IVP uses the FEM program FineFormTM. The code which is an in-house development, is based on the ALE method with a special automatic remeshing option particularly adapted for cutting processes The benefits to commercial codes are significant advantages both in terms of computation accuracy as well as in computation speed due to the conformal modelling of the FE-meshes.
A digital process monitoring and digital quality control are increasingly established as new areas of application in the context of process digitization.
For the automatic detection of surface defects, the IVP has developed the "Industry 4.0" specific systems OptoGuardTM, MatGuardTM und Q-GuardTM, which enable optical detection of surface defects, inline material property monitoring as well as feedback and direct intelligent correction of process parameters.
The IVP is under the direction of Prof. Dr. Pavel Hora since 2005. The IVP software tools have been among the market leaders in the field of forming technology simulations for more than 20 years. AutoForm, which originates from IVP, is the world market leader in the field of sheet metal forming. The institute's work has been honored several times with renowned prizes such as the Johann Puch Automotive Awards (2016, 2018) or the ESAFORM Award for the best industrial doctoral thesis in 2019.
Worth to mention are also the IVP’s activities in the Formula Student Electric Competition (FSE). In close collaboration with the AMZ our students achieve excellent rankings in the competition. Due to this work, which has resulted in numerous bachelor theses, the IVP can also demonstrate extensive know-how in the field of electric vehicles (High-performance electric motors, transmissions, battery, battery management, control systems recuperation).
- Worldwide recognized institute in the field of "special purpose" FEM packages
- Development of exact failure models for predicting of forming limits
- Competence in the field of "smart" production systems
- Development of innovative forming systems