MultiMechanics Blog

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

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

Posted by MultiMechanics on Mar 17, 2015 12:54:00 PM

Multiscale Modeling is a broadly used term to describe any instance 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.  For instance, the picture below is a temporal multiscale representation of the origins of life.  

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Topics: Multiscale, Composite Analysis

Why so Hard? Tips for the Analysis of Mass Concrete

Posted by MultiMechanics on Mar 10, 2015 1:58:36 PM

What’s the most used composite in the world?

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Topics: Composite Analysis, Concrete

The 5 Most Advanced Composites (and how to virtually test their behavior)

Posted by Andy MacKrell on Mar 3, 2015 4:21:00 PM

One of the greatest strengths of composites is their ability to be combined and used in an infinite number of ways. From race car monocoques, to space shuttle heat sheilds, to bottle openers. 

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Topics: Composite Analysis, Virtual Testing

Composite Analysis - Sweating the Small Stuff

Posted by MultiMechanics on Nov 24, 2014 2:38:00 PM

The ability to tailor the composition of a material to obtain desired overall properties is a very appealing prospect. Engineers are able to create you own materials to fit your specific need!  However, with the advent of these novel materials, engineers are also inventing new ways for those materials to behave and fail. As a result, these engineers will need new ways to predict that behavior, beyond the traditional means used to analyze century-old isotropic materials.

One can at times feel like Leonardo DaVinci, creating a form-fits-function masterpiece - and at other times like Dr. Frankenstein, creating an unpredictable monster. It is a double-edged sword, and a topic that has been discussed and researched for several decades.

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Topics: Finite Element Analysis, Multiscale, Composite Analysis, Virtual Testing