Fabian Key

M. Sc.

Research Associate

Fabian Key Copyright: Renate Krahforst
Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems


Building: Rogowski

Room: 221

Schinkelstraße 2

52062 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 99916
Fax: +49 241 80 99910

About me

04/2014 - 03/2016

M.Sc. Computational Engineering Science, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Thesis: "Stabilisation and Efficiency Enhancement of Spline Based Numerical Methods for Fluid Structure Interaction"

Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems, RWTH Aachen University

10/2010 - 03/2014

B.Sc. Computational Engineering Science, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

External Thesis: "Investigation of an Adjoint Method for Shape Optimization of Conjugate Heat Transfer Problems"

Software and Tools for Computational Engineering, RWTH Aachen University and Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg

  3D packaging machine Copyright: Fabian Key


My research interests are

  • Mesh update methods in the context of space-time FEM formulations
  • Simulation of multicomponent flows
  • Reduced-order modelling



Semester Course
Winter 2017/18

Simulation Methods for Distributed Systems

Winter 2018/19 Simulation Methods for Distributed Systems

Completed Student Projects

  • "A Model to Predict Transient Heat Transfer of a Melting Probe Moving Through Ice", B. Terschanski, Bachelor Thesis, March 2019
  • "Fluid Simulation of Packaging Machines: Geometry Simplifications and the Stabilized Finite Element Method", D. Duda, S. Kox, Project Thesis, September 2017
  • "Numerical Study of Various Coupling Conditions in a Partitioned Solution Method for Fluid-Structure Interaction", P. Legran, Bachelor Thesis, March 2017

Student project offers


Journal Article

SplineLib: A modern multi-purpose C++ spline library
Published in: Advances in engineering software (2020)
The Virtual Ring Shear-Slip Mesh Update Method
Published in: Computers & fluids (2018)

Contribution to a Conference Proceedings

The Concept of a Virtual Ring for Mesh Update Methods in Moving Boundary Problems
Published in: Book of Abstracts : 5th ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference : YIC 2019 : September 1-6, 2019, Kraków, Poland / Edited by: Konrad Perzyński, Krzysztof Bzowski (2019)
Flow Simulation Inside Packaging Machines: Moving Interface Problems
Published in: [6th European Conference on Computational Mechanics & 7th European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ECCM 6 & ECFD 7, 2018-06-11 - 2018-06-15, Glasgow, United Kingdom] (2018)
Deforming-Domain Problems Related to Packaging Machines: Mesh-Update Method and Flow Simulation
Published in: 7th GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics for Young Scientists from Academia and Industry : Proceedings : 11 - 13 October 2017, Stuttgart, Germany / Editors: Malte von Scheven, Marc-André Keip, Nils Karajan (2017)
Deforming Domain Problems with Translational Movement: Flow Simulation inside a Packaging Machine
Published in: YIC 2017 : 4th ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference and PhD Olympiad : 13 - 15 September 2017, Milano, Italy (2017)