Wenqiong Tu: Role of Mechanics and Computation in Support of Automotive Problems

Friday, March 17th
Noon, in Thornton Hall D221

Wenqiong Tu, Ph.D.
FORD Onsite CAE Engineer
Engineering Technology Associates, Inc.

Role of Mechanics and Computation in Support of Automotive Problems

Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) is playing, and will continue to play, an important role in the automobile industry since CAE analysis has been proven to be a realistic way to reduce experiments and accelerate product development cycle. To be a good CAE engineer, in-depth of understanding of mechanics and good computational skills are critically important. I have worked seven months at FORD’s Safety Core Department. The knowledge in mechanics and computation I had gained through my PhD study enables me to solve diverse automotive problems and to further expose myself to more challenging tasks. This, in turn, provides more opportunities for personal and professional development. In this presentation, I will talk about three major assignments I have conducted. The first one is kinematic behavior testing for vehicle suspension system; the second one is full-vehicle analysis based on modular approach, and the third one is process automation of tire positioning via perl language.

Bio Sketch

Wenqiong Tu obtained his PhD in 2016 in Applied Mechanics in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Virginia. Currently, he is a FORD Onsite CAE engineer through Engineering Technology Associates, Inc (ETA) at FORD global core safety department and his major responsibilities are to conduct full-vehicle CAE crash analysis and develop simulation tools. During his PhD study, his research was focused on the study of damage evolution and optimization in heterogeneous materials via cohesive zone-based finite volume micromechanics under the supervision of Professor Marek-Jerzy Pindera. Wenqiong earned his MS degree in Solid Mechanics in 2011 and BS degree in Engineering Mechanics in 2008, both from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. He also conducted a six-month internship with DS SIMULIA in Minneapolis office during June through November 2015, focused on Abaqus applications. During his PhD study at the University of Virginia Wenqiong had published five archival journal papers and three refereed conference proceedings papers.

The Civil Engineering seminar series is open to the University community and region.
This seminar is hosted by Professor Marek-Jerzy Pindera.

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