Meeting of the Textile Software Developers

20-21 September 2018, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Topic: Strategies for improving the cross-fertilization and cooperation of the methods for the computational modelling of technical textiles, clothing and textile composites

Date: 20-21 September 2018
Place:  Hochschule Niederrhein, Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology, Webschulstrasse 31, 41065 Mönchengladbach, Germany

Partner Event: TexComp 13 Milano, 17-19 September, Milano, Italy. For further Information please click here

Preliminary Program:

20. September 2018

Get together
9:30 Welcome words and guide through the laboratories of the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology. (Optional point, so that some people have chance to flight/travel in the morning)

Latest developments and tasks collection - reports of the co-organizers:
10:00 Prof. Dr. Yordan Kyosev, Hoschule Niederrhein – University of Applied Sciences, Mönchengladbach, Germany:  

  • Scales and data structures in the modelling of knitted and braided fibrous structures;
  • Experience with the data exchange formats between the software


10:20 Prof. Dr. Stepan Lomov, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM), Belgium:

  • WiseTex Suite and Voxtex for modelling of textile structures


10:40 Dr. Louise Brawn, Prof. Dr. Andrew Long, Faculty of Engineering, University of Notthingham, UK

  • TexGen as Textile Generator


11:00 Prof. Dr. Philippe Boisse, Université de Lyon, LaMCoS, France

  • Composite Forming simulation (Plasfib software)


11:20 Dr. Eric Zhou, Dr. David Mollenhauer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, United States

  • VTMS (digital chain method)


11:40 Prof. Dr. Thierry J. Massart, Universite Libre Bruxelles, Belgium

  • Integrated generation and conformal discretization of 3D woven composites RVEs


12:00 Prof. Dr. John Whitcomb

  • Tailoring a High Performance Computing Framework for  Analysis  of Detailed 3D Textile Models and Strategy for Sharing Results


12:00 - 13:00 Lunch


13:00 Dr. Scott Stapleton

  • VTMS (digital chain method) Experience and Extensions


13:20 (not confirmed) Dr. Damien Durville, Laboratorire MSSMat, Mechanics des Sols, Structures et Materiaux, Universite Paris – Saclay, France

  • Multifil Software for filament level modelling of textile structures


13:40 – 16:00 Latest developments and tasks collection - reports of interested commercial and academic software providers


Comparative analysis of the current open formats for storage of data of textile structures - with active discussion for each sections and possible task distribution.


The time and form (presentation, short presentation, table-top) will depend on the number of the applications.
Please communicate short e-mail to yordan.kyosev(at) until 30.6.2018 your intention to participate with information about contact person and tentative title.


16:00 - 17:00 Collection and classification of the tasks, problems, ideas

Social Program - From Plant to Fibre to Final Application - practical tutorial in the linen production and clothing with dinner (not confirmed)

21. September: Active Development

9:30 - 12:30 (with coffee break) Development of ideas and plan for next generation open exchange format


Comparative analysis of the current open formats for storage of data of textile structures - with active discussion for each sections and possible task distribution.


Goal - to get an advanced open exchange format with minimal effort for all and maximal use


  • Comparison (Wisetex XML, TexGen XML, TexMind XML, VMTS Format)
  • Description of the data Material, Fibre, Yarn, Structure, Cross section, Yarn axis coordinates, Yarn Volume description
  • Meshes, Displacements,
  • Format type XML, (JSON ?)
  • Data aggregation (material + structure + mesh + results -> HDF5 ? )
  • Library - Language C/C++, Python Binding, Other languages?,
  • Library License (open, but permissive) MIT, LPGL, Mozilla etc.,?

The report will be prepared and coordinated with the colleagues by the host (Yordan Kyosev), please send any comments


12:30 Lunch


14:00 Discussion - another modelling issues. Possible topics:


Tasks for simplification of the parameter identification of yarns and structures (Discussion about open tasks for bending rigidity, lateral compression, lateral material behaviour)
Speeding up, parallelisation, GPGPU
Roadmap Modelling
Possible tasks for the future research and communication between academia and commercial developers
Discussion about possible projects at EU or other founding

15:30 Summarizing the results and plan for next steps
End of the meeting

Optional - organized dinner - options are Düsseldorf, Köln, Mönchengladbach

Registration and Costs:

The meeting is open for all interested modellers and all academic and commercial software developers are welcome to participate.

The small registration fee (will be anounced soon), will cover the costs for lunches and dinner, transfer to the dinner and the guided tour there, only.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Dr. Ing. Math. Yordan Kyosev

Textiltechnologie, textile Werkstoffe und Qualitätsmanagement

Webschulstr. 31

D-41065 Mönchengladbach

Telefon: +49 (0)2161 186-6086

Telefax: +49 (0)2161 186-6013


Sprechzeiten: siehe Liste der aktuellen Sprechstundenzeiten im Menü rechts

Office hour: see list of actual office hours in menue on the right side

Raum: D 205, Webschulstr. 8

E-Mail: yordan.kyosev(at)