Category Archives: Simulation

Expert material management: Granta Design and the Altair Partner Alliance

Granta Design and the Altair Partner Alliance

Together with the Altair Partner Alliance, all of us at Granta are excited to announce that our powerful material selection tool, CES Selector, is now available for use by HyperWorks customers. It almost goes without saying that CES Selector is the industry standard tool for materials selection and graphical analysis of material properties. It is used to innovate and evolve products, quickly identify solutions to materials issues, confirm and validate material choices, and reduce material and development costs.

Commenting that Altair’s customers across all industries will benefit from the knowledge of material experts in their product development and design phases, Marian Bulla, Program Manager for Material Data at Altair, had this to say: “Granta’s technology will enable improved, streamlined processes and time-savings by having everything in one workflow. Users can innovate with CES Selector by confirming and validating their choice of materials, resolving materials issues, pre-screening materials and focusing on the most promising solutions in the early project phase.”

CES Selector provides access to a unique, comprehensive and linked “encyclopedia” of material data, combined with highly visual tools for comparing and screening materials with a structured and rigorous approach to material selection. It provides access to complete and comparable data for all classes of engineering materials including economic and environmental data. Powerful charting capabilities enable visual comparison of material performance and component geometry and load condition can be considered as part of the material selection process.

The download notifications have been coming in fast and furiously already, and we’re delighted that HyperWorks users can now quickly validate and identify the most appropriate materials for their applications before starting on detailed simulation work.

New to CES Selector? An introductory webinar for CES Selector will be held on October 25th at 10 a.m. ET.

More information about the software can be found here: CES Selector.

For more information about the Altair Partner Alliance, visit http://www.altairhyperworks.com/apa

Engineering in the Material World

Our very own Stephen Warde has been interviewed for the blog of one of the major providers of CAD/PLM software. Speaking to PTC, Steve highlights the difficulties faced by design engineers and the impact materials have on the ultimate cost and performance of a product.

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The secret of success in Additive Manufacturing testing and simulation

The rapid development of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology displays signs of immense promise for making topologically-optimized parts with optimal cost and performance. But with great power comes great challenges! Engineers require an understanding of the complex interactions and relationship between part design, materials, production processes and part performance. Designing the ‘ideal’ geometry can also prove to be a significant challenge.  One secret is that succeeding in the real world of AM production requires you to do the right things in the virtual world—in how you simulate AM processes and handle AM data.

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Are you in a ‘materials authority’ role and supporting simulation?

Simulation engineers are often desperate for sophisticated material properties to support their temperature dependent and/or non-linear material models, enabling more accurate simulation and validation of product performance.

If you are in the ‘material authority’ role in your company, either as a materials specialist or a member of the simulation team who has acquired this responsibility, you will need to respond! I’ve worked with many people in this role who are dedicating a lot of time to queries from design and simulation engineers about how materials will perform under various conditions, or which is the best material to use in certain operating conditions and environments.

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What is best practice in the preparation and use of materials data for simulation?

cad-thumbnailI recently presented at a web seminar hosted by Granta’s partners at Dassault Systèmes, and it raised an interesting question about the materials property data needed by simulation analysts. We were looking, in particular, at the Abaqus/CAE® software. Its users want accurate material properties for use in their CAE software. But they also want confidence in that data – to know that it comes from a reliable source. And their companies want control: i.e., to ensure that all of their analysts are using data that is consistent, up-to-date, and traceable should simulation results ever need to be reviewed or updated. How can we meet these various requirements without disrupting well-established workflows and processes?

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