31
May

Force Response of a Sun Roof Bearing

Ticona GmbH is a producer of high-performance plastics. It closely supports customers in a large number of key markets customers during their engineering design process. Before implementing material simulation, they faced challenges with correctly modeling fiber reinforced plastic parts, obtaining quantitative and predictive results from FEA, and using a unique material description valid for all ...
27
May

Materials Lifecycle Management for Product Innovation

Manufacturing has become much more complex than it was in the past. New designs are created every day, data flows during engineering processes are becoming huge and the number of engineers working together is growing. These improvements bring some challenges in tracing the data and managing the processes and workflows. A materials lifecycle management (MLM) system is a tool that focuses on capturing and managing data all the way from test data to the consumption of this data by CAE applications. It gives the ability to automate test processes, have complete traceability of all the data in the system, and it gives a very deep client integration. It ensures that engineers are using a consistent source of approved materials derived from traceable integrated processes. Furthermore, it is web-based and very easy to install. MLM eliminates a significant amount of tedious manual data management activities and gives engineers the ability to focus solely on innovations and new product designs.

19
May

Weight Reduction of an Engine Mount

Trelleborg is a global automotive supplier that offers sealing, damping, and protection solutions to the automotive industry. To reach their goal of complying with CO2 regulation, Trelleborg uses material modeling and simulation software.   Challenge To comply with CO2 regulations (2015: 130g   2020: 95g) To reduce the average weight of a car by 200 kg ...
12
May

Case Study: Predicting Virtual Allowables

During the process of designing lightweight CFRP structures, one usually needs access to allowable values. However, allowables generation is particularly costly and time-consuming. Each characterized material system must cover various layups, coupon tests, and environment conditions. Each test configuration must be repeated many times to obtain a statistical evaluation of the mechanical property. With advanced ...
4
May

Value of Simulation to Material Testing and Development

This article was originally posted by Bob Schmitz, Senior Business Development Manager for e-Xstream engineering on Composites World magazine. Traditionally we have designed, characterized new materials with physical testing by using simple coupon tests, which are affordable and the results have generally been accepted as fact, even if the sample size is small. However, material science has ...
2
May

Composites in the Automotive Industry: Forum and Workshop October

Some of the most significant challenges facing the automotive industry include raw material cost, light-weighting and achieving mass production. These are direct consequences of environmental requirements becoming more rigorous as concern about carbon emissions grows. Moreover, the use of carbon fiber is an important part of the answer to these problems but brings on its own set of issues that need to ...
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