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Simulation and Virtual Reality

Lifelong learning course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

This lifelong learning course can be attended as part of the postgraduate course Bodyworks and Automotive Materials.

The course presents the fundamental concepts and methodologies of finite element calculation which is the base of virtual simulation techniques, widely used in the automotive sector. It also offers a specific vision of virtual reality techniques, essential today in order to reduce development time and costs and to ensure the quality and customer orientation of all designs.


After completing this course students will be able to:

1. Know the simulation techniques used in the development process of the bodywork structure and its components.

2. Identify the CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) tools applied nowadays in the car industry, the application areas and the most common load cases.

3. Interpret the results obtained with the different CAE disciplines, and to know how they are used in the decision making processes.

4. Understand the geometry optimization process through the use of CAE techniques, by studying practical examples

5. Know the main virtual development processes of bodyworks: DMU, tolerance management and virtual reality, among others.

Who is it for

Graduate students in Automotive, Chemical or Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Product Design or equivalent.
Working professionals or experienced in the automotive industry.



Simulation and Virtual Reality
3 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.

1. Introduction: Basic concepts.
2. Structure (crash, stiffness, NVH).
3. Occupants.
4. Finishes.
5. Case study I.
5.1 Case studies II.
6. CFD.
7. DMU.
8. Tolerance Management.
9. Virtual reality.

The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • González Benítez, Maria Margarita
    PhD in Science. Professor of Engineering Projects Department of the UPC. Specialist in design for the environment and sustainability tools must.

Teaching staff

  • Aloy Callejas, Ernest
    Technician at mechanic project development and responsible for department of Virtual Reality of bodyworks development.
  • Castillo González, Xavier
    Degree in Industrial Engineering, specialization in structural mechanics, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is currently responsible for the structure simulation group of the Technical Calculation department at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Xavier has over fifteen years of experience in simulation and development of vehicle structure, especially in the area of structural shock.
  • Comas i Font, Josep
    Responsible for simulations of Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) at the Technical Centre of SEAT.
  • García Saura, Maria Teresa
    Licenciada en Geografía e Historia por la Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Técnica Especialista de Riesgos Laborales por la UB. Técnica de los posgrados CARMAT. Carrocería y Materiales de Automoción y ELTICA. Electricidad y Electrónica del Automóvil. Responsable del programa CATIA v5 en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Barcelona. Administración y control de los cursos y posgrados realizados por la Cátedra SEAT/UPC, Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya y la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Barcelona, en el Departamento de Ingeniería de Proyectos y Construcción de la UPC.
  • Pérez Rapela, Daniel
    Daniel holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Superior Polytechnic Centre of Zaragoza. His professional career has always been related to the application of finite element techniques to the vehicle development process. Nowadays, Daniel works at the Technical Calculation department at SEAT, where he works on how to enhance the vehicle occupants safety for SEAT and VW group projects.
  • Román Marín, Joaquim
    Industrial Engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Responsible of the inner trimming and passive safety simulation group in the Technical Center of SEAT. He has developed his activity in different aspects within the field of engineering simulation, also including CAE project control.
  • Segura Santillana, Angel
    Angel holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. At present, he is the Head of the hood assembly and control boad at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Angel is expert in crash simulation and passive safety, especially in the area of pedestrian protection
  • Tuijtelaars, Fons
    Bachelor of Engineering in Automotive technology (Holland) + Master of Science in International Automotive Engineering (University of Hertfordshire, England). Responsable for DMU & Tolerance Management activities within the area of body & trim development at Seat's Technical Development Center.
  • Zárate Galván, Ángel Victor
    Víctor holds a PhD degree in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is responsible for the occupants¿ front impact simulation of the Calculation Department at the Technical Centre of SEAT. He has worked on the development of safety systems (airbags, seat belts, deformable elements, etc.) for SEAT and other brands of the Volkswagen Group, for the North American and European markets. Víctor has also worked in the development of internal finishes.

General information

3 ECTS (42 teaching hours)
Start date
Start date:23/04/2018End date:16/05/2018
Monday  17:30 to 21:30Tuesday  17:30 to 21:30Wednesday  17:30 to 21:30
From 17 to 21 hours. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Taught at
ETSEIB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 647
Contact person
Maria Teresa García Saura

Telephone: (34) 650 705 618
Lifelong learning diploma issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Lifelong learning course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
1.260 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Lifelong learning course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


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Related entities


  • Centro Técnico SEAT S.A.