City:  Aachen
Date:  Jul 4, 2022

MA: »Tool wear simulation of a stamping die for high-volume production of bipolar plates«

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising green energy source, e.g. in the mobility sector to realize carbon zero. To fulfill exponentially growing demands and achieve production cost reduction, the Fraunhofer IPT is researching high-volume production of bipolar plates (BPPs), which are a crucial component of fuel cells. We are looking for a dedicated and motivated student to carry out research as part of a master’s thesis.


What you will do

  • Literature research and state-of-the-art review
  • Numerical modeling and simulation of tool wear in thin sheet forming process
  • Validation of simulation with experimental results
  • Analysis and evaluation of the results


What you bring to the table

  • You are studying mechanical engineering, production engineering, computer engineering science (CES) or a comparable subject
  • Experience in FEM simulation is required
  • Knowledge in sheet metal forming and programming skills (MATLAB or Python) are advantageous
  • A high degree of initiative, independence and motivation
  • Good language skills in German or English


What you can expect

  • Ideal conditions for practical experience alongside your studies
  • Professional supervision and collaboration in a dedicated team
  • A state-of-the-art machine park equipped with edge cloud systems and 5G infrastructure
  • Flexible working to combine study and job in the best possible way


We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. 

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


Questions according to this position will be answered by: 
Sangwook Lee M.Sc.
Research assistant Fiber-reinforced plastics and laser systems technology
Phone: +49 241 8904-581

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT 


Requisition Number: 27766                Application Deadline:


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