Lightweight, High Performance Composites – ixent GmbH Uses MSC Nastran for the Layout & Simulation of Composite Structures


Innovative simulation methods support the development of lightweight structures

SANTA ANA, CA–(Business Wire – January 17th, 2013) – MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced that ixent GmbH is using MSC Nastran for the layout and simulation of composite structures.

Lightweight design is a primary objective for engineers at ixent GmbH. Composite materials are gaining increasing significance. Aerospace and automotive industries were one of the first to take advantage of composite materials, which combine advanced mechanical properties and require both technology and expertise to model and simulate. Today the benefits of composite materials are being recognized across industries, and the use of simulation software is helping mechanical engineers to better understand the behaviors and complexities of the materials.

The employees of ixent GmbH are specialists in the area of composite materials. MSC Nastran is used by the company’s engineers for fast and numerically correct calculations of simulation models, which are generated with the company’s in-house program. Due to MSC Nastran’s broad solution range, the software is well suited for demanding simulation tasks and complex multidiscipline applications.

The numerical analysis and optimization of lightweight structures is a substantial component of the work at ixent GmbH. The focus is on:

  • Concept definition with topology and shape optimization;
  • Design of composite structures at the component level with optimization of thickness, fiber orientation, fiber characteristics and plies;
  • Detailed optimization on the basis of existing concepts

“We concentrate on the design of function-optimized components where the possibilities of lightweight materials can be fully utilized,” said Thomas Hahn, General Manager of ixent GmbH. “MSC Nastran is a central component of our work. Aside from its reliability and accuracy, many of the programs used by us and our customers offer MSC Nastran interfaces, which facilitate our work significantly.”

About GmbH ixent
ixent GmbH was founded in 2010 by Christoph Erbelding and Thomas Hahn. The company concentrates on concept and development of lightweight structures, with a focus on composite materials. Erbelding and Hahn have comprehensive experience in automotive engineering. They also have project experience in the aerospace industry, civil engineering, consumer goods as well as in the chemical industry, plant engineering and professional racing (America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, etc.).  ixent offers well-founded technology consulting in the areas of design methods, materials and production methods. Based on a network of experts of different disciplines, ixent has access several resources needed for project implementation. ixent also offers engineering services. The emphasis is on fast and efficient analysis of concepts, components, the improvement and development of new production methods as well as support for research and development projects. Further information about ixent:

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