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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

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

MultiMechanics Releases MultiMech 18.1

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jul 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

MultiMechanics is excited to announce the release of MultiMech 18.1. The new features added will deliver improved ease of use, faster speed, and more simulation capabilities, including: 

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

The Anatomy of a Composite Microstructure

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jun 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Microstructural modeling is often viewed as an extraneous activity when analyzing the behavior of composites. Many engineers use the "system" properties as the inputs for their part design without considering what contributes to that overall system response. 

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Topics: microstructure, advanced materials, Composite Design, Composites Analysis, Composites Engineering, Virtual Testing, Finite Element Analysis, Multiscale

How to Zoom Into Your Material Microstructure using ANSYS Workbench

Posted by MultiMechanics on Jun 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Failure in engineered materials is extremely difficult. In composites, damage originates at the microscale and is then propagated to the global scale. While Finite Element Analysis is a powerful tool, it is limited to the global scale because the mesh refinement needed to get down to the microscale is not feasible in FE programs. At MultiMechanics, we consider this to be a true multiscale problem, since damage at the microscale needs to be assessed and relayed to the macroscale. 

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Topics: Ansys, Engineering Tools, Composites Engineering, Virtual Testing, Finite Element Analysis, Composite Analysis, Multiscale

A Brief History of Finite Element Analysis - Part II

Posted by MultiMechanics on May 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

As we mentioned in Part I, the history of Finite Element Analysis is deeply intertwined with the evolution of computing. It seems only fitting that the FEA software used to design the world's most cutting-edge products should have the most cutting-edge computational techniques at its disposal. From the early punch days of the 60's through the 2000's, FEA companies have found unique ways to take advantage of the ever-changing computer landscape. 

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Topics: Ansys, Composites Analysis, Virtual Testing, Finite Element Analysis, Multiscale

A Brief History of Finite Element Analysis - Part I

Posted by MultiMechanics on May 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The first patent for computer software was filed in 1968 by Applied Data Research for a number sorting system. That same year, MSC Software, in partnership with NASA, released the first version of their now famous "NASA Structural Analysis" software (NASTRAN). 

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Topics: Ansys, Virtual Testing, Finite Element Analysis

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