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MultiMech for Ansys Released

Posted by MultiMechanics on May 11, 2016 11:46:21 AM

We're happy to announce the release of an integrated solution to better meet the needs of customers working with composites and other advanced materials. Engineers and designers working with innovative materials now have access to a best-in-class TRUE Multiscale™ simulation solution directly within Ansys Workbench.
The integrated solution gives ANSYS users access to MultiMechanics’ material analysis tools within ANSYS® Workbench™.  “We are very excited to release this tool”, says Dr. Flavio Souza, Chairman and CTO of MultiMechanics, Inc.. “Such close partnership with ANSYS has enabled us to embed MultiMech™ in an intuitive and native workflow within ANSYS® Workbench™. This is truly a 10x improvement especially when it comes to user experience and accurate prediction of failure in advanced materials.”
Excitement is shared both ways, as points out Richard Mitchell, Lead Product Marketing Manager for ANSYS' Structural Mechanics product line: "We are very excited about the new developments from MultiMechanics and the opportunities that MultiMech™ will bring to our valued customers. Making use of the open architecture of the ANSYS simulation platform to deliver their TRUE Multiscale™ technology, MultiMechanics is opening new doors to multiscale material modelling. Combining ANSYS' leading simulation platform with MultiMechanics’ powerful multiscale technology will give customers the ability to concurrently couple macro-scale events with sub-scale calculations in a single simulation."
Using MultiMechanics’ breakthrough TRUE Multiscale™ technology, engineers no longer need to resort to guessing about composite properties, how manufacturing induced variation affects performance, or how a composite material behaves and fails within a part. Through this integration, engineers can now analyze new or existing parts and confidently predict how the material microstructure affects the part design - all quickly accomplished within ANSYS. Assigning a realistic composite microstructure to a part in ANSYS is now as quick and easy as assigning any other material card.  MultiMech™ will soon be available on the ANSYS App Store through the ANSYS Customer Portal.
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Topics: Multiscale, Ansys

MultiMechanics Announces new release "MultiMech for Abaqus"

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jan 11, 2016 7:07:09 AM

MultiMechanics has officially released  an integrated solution with Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA Abaqus! 
The combined solution gives Dassault Systèmes users access to MultiMechanics’ material analysis tools within Abaqus/CAE.  “We are very excited to work with Dassault Systèmes,” says Dr. Flavio Souza, Co-Founder of MultiMechanics. “Combining the power of Abaqus with MultiMechanics’ ability to accurately predict composite material behavior is truly a win-win for design engineers in all industries working with innovative materials.”
Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA delivers a scalable portfolio of Realistic Simulation solutions including the Abaqus product suite for Unified Finite Element Analysis, multiphysics solutions for insight into challenging engineering problems, and lifecycle management solutions for managing simulation data, processes, and intellectual property. By building on established technology, respected quality, and superior customer service, SIMULIA makes realistic simulation an integral business practice that improves product performance, reduces physical prototypes, and drives innovation.
Dennis Corain, Director of SIMULIA Alliances, Dassault Systèmes said, “Through our open technology and partnership strategy we fully support MultiMechanics in the integration of their physics-based TRUE MultiscaleTM technology into Abaqus.  Since composite materials are widely used in the aerospace industry and are gaining more use in other industries such as automotive, wind energy, and consumer products, this integration allows each of our global user communities to leverage best-in-class technologies to rapidly optimize the structural performance of composite parts.”  
MultiMech - the company’s flagship product - utilizes a unique physics-based approach - denominated TRUE MultiscaleTM Technology - to accurately predict complex failure mechanisms observed in advanced materials.  Initially a standalone tool, MultiMech can now be easily embedded into a multitude of CAE software platforms, so engineers can perform concurrent multiscale analyses within their preferred workflow.  Dr. Souza adds: “This is the first integration of its kind. It’s a very exciting development for the composite engineering community.”
Using MultiMechanics’ breakthrough TRUE MultiscaleTM technology, engineers no longer need to resort to guessing about composite properties, how manufacturing induced variation affects performance, or how a composite material behaves and fails within a part. Through this integration, engineers can now analyze new or existing parts and confidently predict how the material microstructure affects the part design - all quickly accomplished within Abaqus. Assigning a realistic composite microstructure to a part in Abaqus is now as quick and easy as filling out an Abaqus material card.
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About MultiMechanics
MultiMechanics provides CAE software for the physics-based analysis of advanced materials. MultiMechanics helps clients quickly relate material micro-structural details to overall structural performance and service-life with unmatched accuracy. MultiMech - the TRUE MultiscaleTM software - was developed in response to the ever increasing use of advanced novel materials in multiple industries ranging from aerospace to automotive to energy. With MultiMech, engineers can ultimately design the material microstructure to optimize part performance in specific applications. MultiMech is a complete software package for Multiscale FEA, including Automatic Microstructural FE model generator, Virtual Testing capabilities for advanced material design and exploration, TRUE MultiscaleTM implicit and explicit Finite Element solver, state-of-the-art technology to predict crack initiation and propagation, and is integrated with optimization tools and various CAE platforms.
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The Benefits of Optimization in Composites Engineering

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jul 21, 2015 2:11:00 PM

Analysis of composites is complex for a number of known and very well documented reasons. 

Many virtual testing techniques have been developed to help predict the behavior of composite parts; however most tools end up relying on a great deal of physical testing of a composite specimen before virtual testing of a part becomes a viable solution. 

Is there a way we can avoid excess physical testing and instead use optimization tools to understand our materials and improve our end-products?. 

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Topics: Composites Engineering, optimization

Repost: Composites Design and the World Wide Failure Exercises

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jun 30, 2015 3:31:00 PM

It's beeen a while since we have waxed theoretical.  In this blog-post from January we explore some of the benefits and weaknesses of the empirically-minded approaches to composites analysis.  Enjoy. 


In a previous blog, we talked about the importance of learning from failure in materials testing.  For better or worse, theoreticians have, in some ways, tried taken the burden of “learning from failure” off the plate of the common engineer.  Instead, they try to capture the insights gained from failure into flexible analytical theories; theories that (theoretically) allow us to predict a parts behavior, without knowing anything more than some material properties and part dimensions.  In computer science, this is known as abstraction.

The question is, Can composite failure theories sufficiently abstract all the nuance out of composites design? Do you need to understand the origins of a failure theory in order to use it properly?

Collectively evaluating individual failure theories:

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Topics: Composite Failure, Composite Design

4 Advanced Composite Trends with the Biggest Potential

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jun 24, 2015 12:35:00 PM

For good reason, a lot of attention is given to the mainstream appplications of carbon and glass fiber reinforced plastics. However, from time-to-time it is benefitial to look ahead at some of the the up-and-coming trends. in advanced composites. In this blog we'll take a look at four current trends with some big potential.  

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Topics: advanced materials, chopped fiber composites

High Velocity Impact on Composites - Past, Present, and Future

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jun 16, 2015 1:22:18 PM

Where it all started?

In 1969 Grumman Aerospace was the first company to successfully introduce advanced composites into a commercial airplane. The boron-epoxy laminated horizontal stabilizer, was 15% lighter and 18% less costly than its metal counterpart. 
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Topics: Impact Analysis

Concrete Engineering and the Sagrada Familia

Posted by MultiMechanics on May 26, 2015 3:00:40 PM

Some of the team from MultiMechanics recently spent time in Barcelona, Spain – and while there stumbled upon one of the great civil and concrete engineering efforts of our time: The construction of the Temple Sagrada Familia. It is one of the largest (in volume), tallest, and most visually spectacular churches in the world.

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Topics: Concrete

If You Can't Stand the Heat: Advanced Analysis of Ceramic Matrix Composites

Posted by MultiMechanics on Apr 21, 2015 1:20:21 PM

"Everything has its limit--iron ore cannot be educated into gold" - Mark Twain

While Mr. Twain - in his witful ways - has a point, the response of a materials engineer might be: "you could use reinforcements to give it similar behaviors".  

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Topics: Composite Analysis, Ceramic Matrix Composites

Filament Wound Pressure Vessels and Space Shuttle Disasters

Posted by MultiMechanics on Apr 7, 2015 1:46:59 PM

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

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

Posted by MultiMechanics on Mar 24, 2015 2:23:00 PM

Henry Ford's Model T is on the verge of its 107th Birthday.  As we all know, the Model T was the first and most popular mass produced automobile in the world.  The Model T was introduced on Oct. 1, 1908 and by 1921, Ford Model Ts accounted for over half of the world’s automobile production.  

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Topics: automotive, advanced materials