ASPECT – Advanced Simulation and Control of Tribology in Metal Forming Processes for Consumer Goods and Transport Sectors

//ASPECT – Advanced Simulation and Control of Tribology in Metal Forming Processes for Consumer Goods and Transport Sectors
ASPECT – Advanced Simulation and Control of Tribology in Metal Forming Processes for Consumer Goods and Transport Sectors 2020-02-11T13:42:35+01:00

Project Description


Key Information

  • EU funding: € 2.35 Million
  • Total budget: € 4.74 Million
  • Duration: 45 months [May 2016 – Feb 2020]

Background: The design of sheet metal forming processes is nowadays done virtually, i.e. by computer simulations.  A limitation in these simulations is the assumption of a constant friction value over the course of the process, while in reality a temperature increase of 40°C in the tool – during the start-up of the production  line – impacts on the tribology between the tool and sheet material, leading to a friction increase of up to 25 % and  product failures as a result. The control of these effects is currently done reactively, by trial-and-error approaches, based on the individual experience of the machine operators, rather than by using automated, adaptive control systems. The current practice therefore results in process instability, high costs and slow process development. Moreover, with the increasing use of advanced steel grades, which generate more heat purely due to their strength, predicting and controlling the influence of temperature on friction becomes critical for the concerned industries.

The ASPECT project, funded by the programme INTERREG North-West Europe, aims to create a robust framework to predict friction increase with temperature and to develop  a control system that can instantaneously correct the applied forces to account for the sensed friction increase.

M2i is leading the ASPECT consortium and has been carrying out the following tasks:

  • (WP P) Project initiation: proposal coordination and writing, consortium building
  • (WP M) Project management and contact point with the funding organisation
  • (WP T.1) Implementing methods to achieve faster thermo-coupled FE simulations
  • (WP C) Survey to identify research and industry organization interested in ASPECT results
  • (WP LT) Promoting actions to support diffusion of project results towards target groups

Project Partners:

  1. Stichting Materials Innovation Institute (M2i), The Netherlands – Lead Partner
  2. Triboform Engineering BV, The Netherlands
  3. ESI GROUP, France
  4. Falex Tribology NV, Belgium
  5. Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands
  6. Zeller+Gmelin GmbH, Germany
  7. Tata Steel Nederland Technology BV, The Netherlands
  8. INSPIRE AG, Switzerland
  9. Opel Automobile GmbH, Germany
  10. Philips Consumer Lifestyle BV, The Netherlands
  11. AutomotiveNL, The Netherlands
  12. Pôle EMC2, France
  13. Dr. FILZEK TRIBOtech, Germany
  14. ESI Software GmbH, Germany

Expected results:

  • Numerical model to predict friction variation based on real process conditions;
  • Fully-automated forming demonstrators for Automotive and Consumer goods applications;
  • Joint demonstration facility, open for training and education;
  • Guidelines to improve the material, tool and lubricant design.

For more information please visit ASPECT webpage at:

Contact person M2i

Iulia Degeratu
Iulia DegeratuProgram Manager
Jesus Mediavilla
Jesus MediavillaManager Computational Mechanics and Valorization


Course on tribological influences in sheet metal forming

February 20th, 2020|

On 18-19 February 2020, the University of Twente organised the course “Fundamentals of Tribology in Sheet metal forming”, a dedicated training for engineers and researchers interested in the prediction and

Release ASPECT movie

February 7th, 2020|

This movie was made with the aim to inform the public about the problem that the ASPECT project tackles and the solutions created during the project.

Coming up: ASPECT course on Fundamental Tribology in Sheet Metal Forming

November 8th, 2019|

On the 18-19 February 2020, Twente University, partner in the ASPECT consortium led by M2i, is organising the course: “Fundamentals of Tribology in Sheet Metal Forming”.

Another successful ASPECT training

October 23rd, 2019|

Yesterday, at Filzek TRIBOTech in Darmstadt, 12 representatives from reputed manufacturing companies and knowledge institutes received training on the latest methods for the experimental and numerical determination of temperature-induced tribological

ASPECT demonstrators now running

October 17th, 2019|

The two ASPECT  demonstrators are now running at the partners Opel and Philips.

Deadline submission for abstract 23rd International Conference on Material Forming

October 2nd, 2019|

The 23rd International Conference on Material Forming ESAFORM 2020 will take place on 4th-6th May 2020 in Cottbus, Germany. Submission for abstract is now open.

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