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Filament Wound Pressure Vessels & Space Shuttle Disasters

Posted by MultiMechanics on Oct 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

One of the most visible symbols of American ingenuity and exploration over the past 50 years has been the progress and perseverance of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It is the epitome of human curiosity. It is a constant example of how we live with unknowns for only as long as technology limits our ability to explore; and sometimes we try and explore those unknowns before technology is ready.

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Topics: Composite Design

Physical Testing vs Multiscale Virtual Simulation of Advanced Materials

Posted by MultiMechanics on Oct 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The transportation industry is increasingly adopting advanced materials, which, as a result of increases in specific strength, offer improved efficiency, lower emissions, and decreased fuel consumption compared to traditional metal components. However, the transition to advanced materials has been slowed as structural analyses have become more complex and demanding.

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Topics: microstructure, advanced materials, Composite Design, Composites Analysis, Composites Engineering, Engineering Tools, Composite Failure, Multiscale

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

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