Fast and stable process simulation at highest accuracy within Simufact Forming 2021

Fast and stable process simulation at highest accuracy within Simufact Forming 2021

Simufact Forming is an established software solution for the simulation of forming manufacturing processes. The software covers all essential areas of forming technology: forging, cold forming, sheet metal forming, all rolling processes, open die forging and mechanical joining. Simufact Forming provides support in microstructure simulation, calculation of die load, material flow and prediction of material properties in the course of conventional and inductive heat treatment. Furthermore, thermo-mechanical joining methods of pressure welding  are supported.

The following five top highlights are available within the new release of Simufact Forming 2021.

Significantly faster calculation with the same accuracy thanks to new tetrahedral elements, new finite volume solver and a new time step control option

Simufact Forming 2021 provides our user with several new improvements, that significantly increase the calculation speed of his process simulation. A new tetrahedral element for meshing has been developed, which makes the simulation up to 2.8x faster  compared with the previous tetrahedral elements. A new finite volume method (FVM) solver has been developed. It specifically targets hot forming processes and is up to 1.5x times faster than the existing FVM solver. Also a new time step control option has been implemented, giving the user a speed gain of 40%-70%.

New damage model assistance serves for increased accuracy

For the first time, Simufact introduces an assistant for damage modelling in Simufact Forming 2021. It convinces by its ease of use and the user benefits from increasing accuracy. The damage model for itself can have an enormous impact on the accuracy predicting the damage occurrence as well as the force progression. The creation of a damage model in the simulation has been very difficult and therefore has been neglected in the simulation. In Simufact Forming 2021. The user enters the damage characteristics from experiments, including equivalent strain and the averaged Lode angle at failure. The new damage modelling assistant automatically calculates, generates and calibrates the damage model’s parameters. Finally, the user benefits from the newly generated damage model, which enables accurate calculations in the future.

First approach to predict properties under loads

With Simufact Forming 2021, after process simulation, the user looks forward to structure simulation with basic functionalities. The structural simulation helps him, among other things, to determine the maximum load before the component fails and the force progression of a dynamic load. In addition, with this new feature, the user has the possibility to simulate new process types, such as hydroforming.

Result transfer to and from 3rd party product by the MpCCI Mapper

Thanks to this new feature, the user can transfer his process simulation results from the software into any format by the help of the MpCCI Mapper interface. It provides advanced and robust methods to map, compare and transfer simulation results and experimental data in integrated simulation workflows. Thus, the user benefits from the capability to transfer his results from 3rd party products prior to Simufact Forming and afterwards.

Simufact Forming is an established software solution for the simulation of metal forming manufacturing processes. Our top priority is to help our customers increase their efficiency and productivity as well as reduce costs and time-to-market by shifting physical tryouts to virtual testing”, says Dr. Gabriel Mc Bain, Senior Director Product Management at Simufact Engineering GmbH & Forming Technologies. “With the release of Simufact Forming 2021, we take speed, stability as well as user experience of our solution to the next level. We are pleased to announce the new version of Simufact Forming 2021 – faster and more exciting to use than ever before!

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