Helps You Understand Your Process

You want to accelerate your product development. And you know that the answer is multi-physical simulation and modeling. You want accurate results. But which solution is right for you?

VON ARDENNE is a leading supplier of PVD coating equipment with more than 60 years of experience in electron beam processes and 45 years of experience in magnetron sputtering.

And now you can benefit from this experience.

Every day you face the challenge of staying ahead in your business. You strive to become faster and more cost efficient. Our job is to support you with industry-leading technology and process experience to add value.


We can accelerate your product development and upgrade process by reducing engineering effort with state-of-the-art modeling and simulation. This allows you to design your custom vacuum solution or perform feasibility studies for upgrading a running system.

We have outstanding expertise in multiscale simulation and have leveraged it to ensure highly optimized system performance and best process quality.

Would you like to learn more? Then take a look at the information below or contact us directly.

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and yield

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Electromagnetics Simulations


Modeling of

  • Electric coils
  • Permanent magnets
  • Ferromagnetic materials with non-linear B-H curves and hystereses
  • DC and AC processes
  • Electrothermic coupling
  • Electromagnetic coupling

With What?

  • Ansys 
  • Comsol 
  • CST/Opera

What For?

  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Thermally induced deformation and stress
  • Forces and torques from electromagnetic fields
  • Skin effects and motion-induced eddy currents
  • Magnetization of materials



  • Simulation of charge carriers (ions and electrons) under the influence of electric and magnetic fields
  • Development of low-pressure plasma in space

With What?

  • Opera

What For?

  • Influence of chamber geometry and orifices as well as eddy currents on plasma development
  • Course of an electron beam under the influence of the magnetic field
  • Intensity and distribution of back-scattered electrons of the electron beam
  • Optimization of sputter and etch processes

Static Mechanics


  • Modelling of complex, geometric structures
  • Simulation of various strains
    • Continuous or variable external forces
    • Accelerations such as gravitational or seismic accelerations
    • Temperature shifts including thermal expansion or tensions
  • Simulation of interactions between objects
    • Screw connections
    • Frictionless contacts
  • Taking various material properties into consideration
    • Linearly and non-linearly elastic
    • Elastic-plastic
    • Viscoelastic
    • Isotropic and anisotropic
  • Coupling in multi-physical calculations

With What?

  • Ansys Mechanical

What For?

  • Calculation of deformations and tensions of structures
  • Structural optimization
    • Comparison of variants
    • Parametric optimization
    • Structural optimization for additive manufacturing
  • Quake protection of machines and plants
  • Coupling in multi-physical calculations
  • Calculation of deformations and tensions of structures
  • Structural optimization
    • Comparison of variants
    • Parametric optimization
    • Structural optimization for additive manufacturing
  • Quake protection of machines and plants
  • Coupling in multi-physical calculations

Dynamic Mechanics


Modeling and simulation with

  • Finite Element Method (FEM)
  • Multi-body simulation (MBS)

The following are taken into consideration building on the possibilities of static simulation:

  • Time-varying loads and constraints
  • Inertia effects
  • Speed and acceleration-dependent behavior

With What?

  • Ansys Mechanical
  • Matlab/Simscape

What For?

  • Time-varying deformations and stresses in components
  • Matching stiffnesses and damping in case of dynamic stimuli
  • Speeds, accelerations and bearing forces in mechanisms



Evidence as per FKM

  • Static strength
  • Fatigue strength (N>104)
  • Endurance limit

With What?

  • Ansys - FKM Toolbox

What For?

Guideline-based strength verification for

  • Steel structures
  • Cast parts
  • Weld seams

System Dynamics


  • Modeling and simulation of dynamic processes
    • Integration and coupling of different physical processes
    • Mechanic
    • Thermal
    • Electrics
    • Electromagnetism
    • Hydraulics
    • Thermal fluid flow
    • Multi-phase fluid flow
    • Gas flow
    • Vacuum
  • Programming of libraries for the
    • implementation of special physical processes
    • creation of user-specific elements
  • Development of standalone applications with
    • integrated dynamic models
    • variable parameters
    • custom GUI

With What?

  • Simulink and Simscape

What For?

  • Investigation and optimization of dynamic processes, such as
    • The motion sequence of mechanisms/robots
    • The course of pressure in the hydraulic systems
    • The development of the fluid temperature in cooling systems
    • The pump-down behavior with different vacuum pumps
  • Development of suitable control models and their parameters
  • Provision of independent applications for independent calculations



  • Stationary and transient thermal processes
  • Simulation of heat transfer through
    • Free and forced convection
    • Heat radiation
    • Thermal conduction of non-linear and anisotrophic material
  • Modeling of complex structures, including
    • Heater
    • Radiant sheets
    • Coolers
  • Physical interactions, such as
    • Thermal expansion
    • Heat development from electric current
    • Thermal lift of air

With What?

  • Ansys
  • Simulink and Simscape

What For?

  • Temperature distribution in machines with heat source and cooling
  • Calculation of heat-up processes with temperature curves and maximum achievable temperatures
  • Adaptation of the heater arrangement and design to optimize the temperature homogeneity

Flow (CFD) and Gas Flow (DSMC)


  • Liquids and gases
  • Gases in molecular
  • Knudsen and viscous pressure range
  • Laminar and turbulent flows
  • Multi-phase flows
  • Buoyant flows
  • Heat transfer

With What?

  • Solver: Ansys CFX, ANSYS fluent, OpenFOAM, PICLas
  • Meshing: Ansys Meshing
  • Post-processing: CFX-Post, paraView

What For?

  • Flow optimization, for example in cooling channels or tempering furnaces
  • Calculation and optimization of heat transfer coefficients
  • Mechanical loads on components due to flow
  • Speed distribution in flowing media
  • Pressure distribution and coating processes in vacuum chambers
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