mieletec FH Bielefeld
Boosting the Development of Next Generation Household Appliances by Multiphysics SimulationsPresented with Holger Ernst
The development of household appliances is probably as old as the history of mankind. While cooking over an open fire place still creates a romantic feeling in us, nowadays we don't want to miss the amenities of modern cooking devices like microwave ovens, steamers or induction stoves. In fact, today's consumers are ready to spend more money than ever for products that bring more comfort, more safety, and of course more fun. While these requirements already pose a challenge to modern product development, an even greater challenge is to create great products that are resource and energy efficient as well.
At "mieletec FH Bielefeld", a joint research laboratory between Miele & Cie. KG, a world leader in domestic appliances and commercial machines, and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany, researchers work on the basics for the next generation household appliances. Here, multiphysics simulations play a crucial role and help to understand and exploit the complex interplay of different physical, chemical and technical processes for creating future resource and energy efficient products.
Christian Schröder studied physics at the University of Osnabrück (Germany). After he received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1999 he worked at the Philips Research Laboratories in Hamburg (Germany) in the field of medical image reconstruction in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. In 2000, he was hired by the company Telelogic AB (Sweden, since 2008 belonging to IBM) and did research on model-based software development methods. Two years later he moved to the Ames Laboratory (USA) where he worked in the field of simulating single molecular magnets. In 2003 he got a professor position at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld (Germany). His present research focuses on the theoretical description and numerical simulation of functional magnetic nano-systems as well as high performance computing and distributed computing methods. As co-founder and scientific director of the “mieletec FH Bielefeld”, a joint research laboratory with the company Miele, he is mainly responsible for field-coupled simulations in the area of domestic appliances.