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MultiMechanics and Opterus R&D Partner to Create Advanced Material Models in Response to NASA Solicitation

Posted by MultiMechanics on Oct 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

MultiMechanics and  Opterus R&D, a Colorado-based satellite component manufacturer specializing in the design and testing of deployable space structures, have announced a collaboration in response to a NASA Solicitation seeking further exploration of the use of thin-ply High Strain Composites (HSCs) for space applications. These advanced composites have the potential to reduce weight and increase performance of space systems, but they exhibit behavior that is difficult to predict using currently available Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools.

Thin-ply HSCs are being used by Opterus in several commercial, NASA and DoD missions that achieve unprecedented packaging and deployed stiffness performance. Compared to traditional composites, HSCs exhibit improved damage tolerance, resistance to microcracking, improved aging and fatigue resistance, reduced minimum-gage thickness, and increased scalability.

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Topics: advanced materials, Composite Failure, Composite Design, Composites Analysis, Engineering Tools, Composites Engineering, Virtual Testing

What do the Model T and F-150 have in common? Advanced Materials!

Posted by MultiMechanics on Oct 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Henry Ford's Model T just celebrated its 110th birthday. Introduced on October 1, 1908, the Model T was the first and most popular mass-produced automobile in the world. By 1921, Ford Model Ts accounted for over half of the world’s automobile production.

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Topics: automotive, advanced materials

MultiMechanics Joins Siemens’ Solution Partner Program to Deliver Multiscale Capabilities to Siemens’ Simcenter 3D Users

Posted by MultiMechanics on Sep 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

MultiMechanics is excited to announce that we will integrate our flagship product, MultiMech, with Siemens’ Simcenter™ portfolio. This partnership brings the ability to zoom into the material microstructure and connect material behavior to overall part performance directly within Siemens PLM Software’s Simcenter portfolio.

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MultiMechanics Selected as Finalist for Mondial.Tech Startup Award, CAMX Award, and Award for Composites Excellence

Posted by MultiMechanics on Sep 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

MultiMechanics has been selected as a finalist for three industry awards: the Mondial.Tech Startup Award, the CAMX Award, and the Award of Composites Excellence (ACE). These awards recognize technologies that are shaping the future of composites and transportation. 

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Topics: advanced materials, automotive, Finite Element Analysis

Advanced Composites Spotlight: Long Fiber Thermoplastics

Posted by MultiMechanics on Sep 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Much attention has been given to the advent of long fiber thermoplastics due to their desirable recycling, manufacturing, and mechanical properties. However, the question remains as to whether current analysis tools and techniques can safely capture this material's behavior. 

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Topics: Material Manufacturing, advanced materials, Composites Analysis, Composite Analysis

MultiMechanics to Showcase Composite Tube and Pressure Vessel Optimizer at CAMX 2018

Posted by MultiMechanics on Aug 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

MultiMechanics will demonstrate the newly-released composite tube and pressure vessel optimization tool at CAMX 2018. The optimizer combines genetic algorithms and the ability to accurately represent microstructural damage within advanced materials to allow for automatic design of high performance composite tube structures, streamlining the engineering design loop. 

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Topics: tubes, pressure vessels, events, Virtual Testing

How Solvay Uses MultiMech for ANSYS to Optimize Material Performance: Live Webinar

Posted by MultiMechanics on Aug 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

MultiMechanics is partnering with Solvay and ANSYS to produce the webinar "How Solvay Uses MultiMech for ANSYS to Optimize Material Performance." The webinar will take place on Thursday, August 30th at 8:00AM CST.

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Topics: Case Study, Material Manufacturing, advanced materials, Composites Analysis, Engineering Tools, Composites Engineering, Virtual Testing

The Benefits of Optimization in Composites Engineering

Posted by MultiMechanics on Aug 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The analysis of composites and other heterogeneous materials is complex for a number of known and very well-documented reasons. 

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Topics: optimization, Composites Analysis, Composite Analysis, Finite Element Analysis

Multiscale Analysis: A General Overview and Its Applications in Material Design

Posted by MultiMechanics on Aug 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Multiscale modeling is a broadly used term to describe any situation where a physical problem is solved by capturing a system's behavior and important features at multiple scales, particularly multiple spatial and/or temporal scales. Applications for multiscale analysis include fluid flow analysis, weather prediction, operations research, and structural analysis, to name a few. 

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Topics: advanced materials, Composites Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Multiscale

MultiMechanics and Fortify Collaborate to Make 3D Printing More Predictable

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jul 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Image courtesy of Fortify

MultiMechanics and Fortify, a Boston-based additive manufacturing company specialized in composite material systems, have announced a strategic partnership to improve the predictability of composite 3D printing. As part of the partnership, Fortify will use MultiMechanics' flagship product, MultiMech, to predict the structural integrity of printed parts before printing, and to help optimize the design by controlling the fiber orientation throughout the structure. Additionally, R&D will be performed to further enhance Fortify's print analysis software, INFORMTM, and generate more sophisticated microstructures using their FluxprintTM process based on microstructure analyses performed in MultiMech. 

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Topics: microstructure, Composite Analysis, 3d printing, additive manufacturing

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