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Internship: Topology optimization / Generative design as part of product engineering

Title : Topology optimization / Generative design as part of product engineering
Start : In alignment with student
Duration : In alignment with student
Education level : HBO/WO
Education : Mechanical Engineering / Applied Physics / Aerospace Engineering
Location : Enschede and Best


The company:
DEMCON is a high-end technology supplier of products and systems with focus areas being high-tech systems, industrial systems, embedded systems and medical systems. As a system supplier, DEMCON can meet the entire needs of its clients: from proof of principle, prototype and pre-production to serial production.

Impression of solutions generated by topology optimization / generative design

The project:
Computer aided engineering has increased the engineering capabilities tremendously over the past decades. It allows very accurate predictions of how a product will perform using virtual prototyping tools like finite element analysis (FEA). Subsequently, these predictions can be used to adjust the design and further increase the product’s performance. In practice, this way of working results in many design iterations, which is time consuming and it is sometimes still questionable whether the best solution is obtained.

To overcome these challenges, topology optimization and generative design are new areas of great interest. These simulation methods optimize the geometry and material of a design based on a set of boundary conditions and a specified volume. The goal of the optimization algorithm is to achieve a prescribed performance. The most well-known example is to optimize a design for maximum stiffness and minimal mass, but it may also provide solutions for dynamical problems where the natural frequencies of a design should stay outside a specific range.

Impression of a dynamic solution of a valve train generated by topology optimization

The assignment:
DEMCON is looking for a (graduation) student that will investigate how topology optimization and generative design can be applied to different projects. Within the internship, you will have discussions with engineers about how a design develops using traditional engineering techniques.
A next step would be to identify how and when topology optimization can contribute to this design process. You will validate this by performing a topology optimization analysis on an existing design with the software Ansys Workbench or Ansys Discovery Live. After analysing the results, you will share your thoughts on both the added value and the terms and conditions of topology optimization.

So do you have strong analytical skills to identify and solve complex problems, and are you interested in computer aided engineering? Then we might just be a match!


If you would like to receive more information concerning the internship, you can contact Arnoud van der Stelt, Mechanical Specialist (phone 088 115 2750). If you would like to apply for the internship, please send your motivation letter and resume to Marleen Blanckenborg, recruiter (e-mail:







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