4th Validation Workshop

After Shanghai 2011, London 2013 and Munich 2014, the Fourth International Workshop on Validation of Computational Mechanics Models will be held in downtown Zurich, Switzerland, on November 5th, 2019. Keynote Speakers include Linden Harris (Airbus), Anna Pandolfi (Politecnico di Milano) and Yakov Ben-Haim (Technion).

The event is free of charge, and a drink reception is included. For organizational reasons please by email.

The program includes the Keynote as well as other confirmed speakers for the three sessions. Travel information may help you to plan your journey. The location can be reached within half an hour from the train station at the airport.


Session one:  Credible Models for Engineering Decision-Making

Keynote: The assessment of smarter testing for credibility and maturity
                  Linden Harris, Airbus, FR

Validation and credibility challenges in applied biology and toxicology
                  Maurice Whelan, JRC Ispra, IT

Experimental detection and quantification of crack networks for numerical simulation in heterogeneous materials using techniques based on 3D digital images
                  Yang Chen and James Marrow, University of Oxford, UK


Session two:   Validation of multi-physics models of engineering systems

Keynote: Validation of multiphysics models: from the material scale to the boundary value problem
                 Anna Pandolfi, Politecnico di Milano, IT

Validation of fluid-structure interaction simulations
                  George Lampeas, University of Patras and Athena Research Center, HE

Model Validation in the UK Nuclear Industry: A Proposed Probabilistic Metric
                  Steve Graham, National Nuclear Laboratory, UK


Session three: The Future of Experimental Data for Model Trustworthiness

Keynote: As our Island of Knowledge Grows, so Does the Shore of our Ignorance
                 Yakov Ben-Haim, Technion, IL

Using Historical Measurement Data for Validation of Engineering Simulations
                 Erwin Hack, Empa, CH

Middle-ear mechanics and sound localization in the lizard: a finite-element approach
                 Pieter Livens, University of Antwerp, BE


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Project Overview

Welcome to MOTIVATE

MOTIVATE is an Innovation Action within the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Clean Sky 2 program under Grant Agreement No. 754660, supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract number 17.00064.

Our team involves Airbus Operations SAS as Topic Manager as well as University of Liverpool (the Coordinator), Empa, Dantec Dynamics GmbH and Athena Research and Innovation Center as Beneficiaries.

The goal of the project is to deploy a CEN validation method to numerical results from FE simulations of a subcomponent test based on measurements using Digital Image Correlation. Results of this test at an Airbus site  as well as preliminary tests at Empa will be documented on this website. An introductory video is found on Empa TV.

From our research, we expect progress on methods for DIC calibration and model validation, notably on measuring the quality of data comparison. There is a Knowledge Exchange workshop planned for November 5th 2019 to present and discuss the latest relevant findings.

The work is based on a Support Action that was conducted in the FP7 project VANESSA.

Now if you are new to the field of validation or want to consult related documents, you will find relevant publications and presentations on this website.

Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking

Clean Sky is the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, Clean Sky contributes to strengthening European aero-industry collaboration, global leadership and competitiveness.


The MOTIVATE project team organises a special session on "Supporting Simulations with Strain Measurement (CEN WS71)" at the BSSM14 th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics, hosted at the Queen's University in Belfast, 10-12 September 2019.


Prof Dr Eann Patterson
Project Coordinator
University of Liverpool


Dr Eszter Szigeti
Topic Manager
Airbus UK