Hilti Scholarship

For each COMMAS class Hilti offers two scholarships. In addition, the thesis of the 'Hilti scholars' will be embedded into current scientific activities of Hilti.

The Hilti Company

Hilti is one of the worlds leading companies specializing in the field of fastening and demolition systems in the construction industry. Hilti's leading position in the market is heavily dependent on leadership in innovation which, in turn, calls for leading-edge technical and scientific know-how.

The Hilti research in Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures contributes significantly to increase and strengthen Hilti specific know-how. It includes the development and application of in-house and commercial finite element codes as well as the simulation of multi-body systems. The complexity of the various strongly nonlinear phenomena (impact, material modelling of concrete, steel ...) and the extreme situations (large deformations, high stresses, ...) relevant for fastening and demolition requires advanced modelling including the latest results of current research. In order to answer the complex questions, the Hilti research engineers collaborate with leading experts in the respective fields.

The Scholarship

For each COMMAS class Hilti offers two scholarships, which include a grant of EUR 1.500 for the last semester. In addition, the thesis of the 'Hilti scholars' will be embedded into current scientific activities of Hilti and are carried out at Hilti in the Principality of Liechtenstein or in Kaufering.

These projects are available in summer term 2021:

  1. Emre Baris Yildiz. Fatigue Analysis of Threaded Connections under Changing Load Path Conditions (19/12). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Tobias Willmann und Dr. Vincent de Groof (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2019.
  2. Shucheta Shegufta. Vapor Transport in Concrete (19/18). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Alexander Müller und Dr. Sigrid Andreae (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2019.
  3. Lincoln Sherpa. Weight Optimization of a Battery Driven Direct Fastening Tool (19/19). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven und Wolfram Hahn (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2019.
  4. Ishan Gupta. Design Optimization of a Handheld Nailing Tool (18/24). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven und Peter Bruggmüller (Hilti AG, Liechtenstein). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2018.
  5. Azamat Zhumagaliyev. Machine Learning Based Optimization of Eddy Current Drive Modeled as a Coupled Electromagnetic and Thermal Problem (18/25). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Florian Geiger und Chafic Abu-Antoun (Hilti AG, Liechtenstein). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2018.
  6. Krupesh Beekanahalli Shivaprakash. Investigation and Validation of the Piston Fatigue Life in Hilti Direct Fastening Tools (18/26). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Simon Bieber und Wolfram Hahn (Hilti AG, Liechtenstein). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2018.
  7. Alexey Solovtcov. Dynamic Tightening Behaviour of Screw Connections. Master Thesis. Supervisor: Layla Koohi (IBB) und Lukas Braun (Hilti Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2018.
  8. Tanzia Nashrin Islam. Structural Design and Optimization of Hilti GX Tool (17/23). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven und Peter Bruggmüller (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2017.
  9. Ken Tang. A Simplified Screw Model for Drop Test Simulations Considering Pretension and Failure (17/24). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven und Wolfram Hahn (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2017.
  10. Omar Eladel Kamel. Global Optimization of Transient Electromagnetic Eddy Current Drive (17/25). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven und Chafic Abu-Antoun (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2017.
  11. Zahid Mohammad Mir. Numerical Analysis of Loading Capacity for Metal Expansion Anchor and Direct Fastening Nail (16/01). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Dr. Malte von Scheven (IBB) und Dr. Yijun Li, Furkan Gültekin (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2016.
  12. Gaurav Sanjiv Asodekar. Precise Drop-Test Simulations (16/20). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Anne Schäuble (IBB) und Wolfram Hahn (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2016.
  13. Vikramaditya Ashok Gaonkar. Simulation of Fluid Flow through a Diamond Core Bit (16/21). Master Thesis. Supervisor: M. von Scheven (IBB) und S. Andreae, A. Kidess (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2016.
  14. Shehjar Kaul. Development of a 6/4 switched reluctance motor based on global optimization using a transient finite element model (15/04). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven (IBB) und Chafic Abu Antoun (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2015.
  15. Harsh Sharma. Investigation and Characterization of the Material Behavior of a Steel Alloy (15/29). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven (IBB) und Wolfram Hanh (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2015.
  16. Kamal Kumar. Setting process simulation of DX elements on concrete (14/14). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven (IBB) und Furkan Gültekin (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2014.
  17. Karunya Abuirami Ramani Mohan. Theory and Application of Convex Optimization in Hilit-Relevant Loadcases (13/07). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven (IBB) und Peter Bruggmueller und Chafic Abu Antoun (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2013.
  18. Chenyi Luo. Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Thin Laminates (12/13). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Ralph Echter (IBB) und Michael Pertl (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2012.
  19. Junjie Luo. Numerical Evaluation of Concrete Models in LS-DYNA and Application to Hilti Specific Processes (12/14). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Malte von Scheven (IBB) und Yijun Li (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2012.
  20. Furkan Gültekin. Geometry Design Optimization in Transient FEA (11/01). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Anton Tkachuk (IBB) und Peter Bruggmüller (Hilti AG, Liechtenstein). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2011.
    • Toral Rashmikant Shah. Geometry Design Optimization of Fastening Systems in Transient Finite Elements (11/14). Master Thesis. Supervisor: M. von Scheven und P. Bruggmüller (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2011.
      • Lessly Margarita Jaramillo Acuna. Numerical Simulation of Eddy Currents Induced by PCB Coils under Low Frequency Excitation (11/13). Master Thesis. Supervisor: M. Bischoff und Herr Abu-Antoun (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2011.
      • Sofia Pappa. Numerical investigation of concrete screw under static and cyclic loading (11/16). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Ch. Wilking (IBB) und Dr. Y. Li (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2011.
      • Sandeep Patil. Investigation of failure mechanism and load carrying capacity of concrete screw by numerical simulation (10/11). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Prof. M. Bischoff (IBB) und Dr. Yijun Li (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2010.
        • Suresh Padmanabhan. Design of a Fastening System with Extensive Parameter Study and Sensitivity Analysis (Nr. 09/9). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Prof. M. Bischoff, I. Bruss, P. Bruggmüller (Hilti AG). Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2009.
          • Deepak Hegde Ganapayya. Shape and Parameter Optimization by Response Surface Method for Hand Operated Hilti Nailing Tool (Nr. 08/1). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Peter Bruggmueller (Corporate R&T, Hilti AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein) und Prof. Manfred Bischoff. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2008.
            • Nagesh Chilakunda Sundaresha. Dynamic Simulation of Anchor Setting Process using the Continuous Surface Cap Model in LS-DYNA (Nr. 08/2). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Dr. Yijun Li (Hilti AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein) und Prof. M. Bischoff . Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2008.
              • Shafic Abu Antoun. Multidisciplinary Optimization of the Thermodynamic Behavior of a Gas Powered Fastening Tool (Gx Fan) (Nr. 07/4). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Frederic Hilchenbach and Hilti Corporation, Research & Development. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2007.
                • Patil Prabhudevagouda. Numerical evaluation of damage-viscoplasticity model for concrete and application to impact problems (Nr. 07/3). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Frederic Hilchenbach and Hilti Corporation, Research & Development. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2007.
                  • Pei-Chun Liao. Simulation of Large Chemical Anchors (Nr. 06/6). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Thomas Hettich and Hilti Corporation, Research & Development. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2006.
                  • Özgür Aslan. Material Modelling of Metallic Sand under Impact Loads (Nr. 06/5). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Benjamin Schneider, Malte Neumann and Hilti Corporation, Research & Development. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2006.
                  • Kinshuk Srivastava. Simulation of General Loading in Concrete using Arc-Length Methods (Nr. 05/4). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Frank Huber and Hilti Corporation, Research & Development. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2005.
                  • Tarik Görgün. Material Modeling of Rubber (Nr. 05/5). Master Thesis. Supervisor: Stefan Hartmann and Hilti Corporation, Research & Development. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2005.
                  • Mustafa Ömercik. Topology and Shape Optimization Methods for Industrial Applications. Master Thesis. Supervisor: Tobias Erhart and Hilti Corporation, Research & Development. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2004.
                    • Krishna Moorthy Sivakumara Kannappan. Numerical Modeling of Short Time Dynamics for Product Development. Master Thesis. Supervisor: Tobias Erhart and Hilti Corporation, Research & Development. Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart. 2004.

                      You will be paid a monthly salary during the time in Liechtenstein or Kaufering which is far enough for covering the living costs. The only prerequisite for being eligible for a Hilti scholarship is successful completion of the first two COMMAS semesters. The 'Hilti scholars' are chosen by a mixed Hilti and COMMAS board based on the application and the examination results.

                      Information Meeting

                      Detailed information about the company Hilti, the scholarship and possible master thesis topics will be given in a meeting in October 2020.

                       

                      Application

                      The Hilti scholarship provides not only a financial support to students but also offers an opportunity for students to collaborate with the Hilti company on practical problems. The scholarship will be based on the following conditions:

                      • It will be paid at the beginning of the fourth semester.
                      • The thesis will be embedded into current scientific activities of Hilti and should be partly ore completely carried out at Hilti in the Principality of Liechtenstein or in Kaufering.

                      The selected students will have the opportunity to carry out their thesis work within the department of Numerical Simulation. The thesis topic will be coordinated with the respective student and the respective advisor from the COMMAS side (University of Stuttgart).

                      The application deadline for master theses in summer term 2021 will be in November 2020 and will be announced here in due time.

                      The application shall contain:

                      • covering letter with your motivation for the Hilti scholarship
                      • your curriculum vitae (if software packages are mentioned specify hours and purpose (training/research project/industrial application)
                      • recent transcript with all your grades (you can download it from C@MPUS)

                      Please send these documents as pdf files by email to  Dr. Malte von Scheven.

                      End of November some students will be invited to Schaan, Liechtenstein for the selection interviews.

                      Applications and further infos:

                      Malte von Scheven
                      Dr.-Ing.

                      Malte von Scheven

                      Deputy Head of Institute

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