Granta enhances composites simulation support with experience from UK-DATACOMP project

Latest capabilities to be demonstrated at JEC World Show, Paris

Cambridge, UK – March 13, 2017. Granta Design is at this week’s JEC World Show (Paris, March 14-16), demonstrating its enhanced support for composites simulation. The recently-completed UK-DATACOMP collaborative project developed simulation-ready data from testing for crash simulation of composites in the Automotive sector. This project has validated the use of Granta’s material information management technology for this complex application. It also generated a valuable new set of test data and simulation models.

The objective of UK-DATACOMP was to facilitate the use of established simulation methodologies in composite product development. Project partners were industry and public organizations, including Altair, Axon Automotive, Cytec Industrial Materials, Granta Design, Imperial College, NCCEF, and Sigmatex. Granta provided its GRANTA MI™ materials information management software system, enabling partners to:

  • capture and share high-quality, pedigree-assured composites data which could then be used to support derivation of simulation models as input for FEA analysis
  • manage these complex simulation models
  • prepare models for use with different solvers
  • access the models quickly and easily from within simulation software.

Automotive bonnet impact analysis as part of the UK-DATACOMP project.

Automotive bonnet impact analysis as part of the UK-DATACOMP project.

The successful conclusion of the project provides an excellent case study of the use of GRANTA MI to support composite simulation. Resulting experience and technology is being re-used to support Granta customers with similar requirements, in Automotive and other industries. One of the exciting outcomes from UK-DATACOMP was the generation of a new data set for 18 polymer-carbon composites systems, including fibre and matrix properties, accompanied by over 25 validated material cards for select systems. Granta will be at JEC World 2017, Hall 6, Booth number B46, and would welcome enquiries from interested organizations about the use of this data.

At JEC World, Granta will also demonstrate GRANTA MI Version 10 (released December 2016) – this latest version delivers a new workflow system and offers engineering enterprises complete control over how they collect and apply materials knowledge, removing major barriers to digitalizing materials-related processes.

GRANTA MI is developed in collaboration with many leading enterprises worldwide that are using it to manage their corporate materials knowledge. These include members of the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC) such as Airbus Helicopters, Boeing, Honeywell, NASA, and Rolls-Royce. The MDMC Composites Sub-Committee has been instrumental in helping Granta to fine-tune GRANTA MI data structures and tools for the needs of composite data management.

Najib Baig, Product Manager - Materials Innovation at Granta Design, said: “Simulation plays a pivotal role in product development and I’m happy that we can now demonstrate an enhanced solution for composites test and simulation data management. Our collaborative projects are helping us to be at the cutting edge of composites development and allowing us to keep enhancing our products.”

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