Fiber Orientation Estimator for Reinforced Plastics
CoreTech System Co., Ltd. and e-Xstream engineering SA jointly developed the fiber orientation estimator Moldex3D Digimat-RP. It aims to combine the expertise of Moldex3D’s 3-D analysis on injection molding and Digimat’s specialized technology in advanced material modeling in order to provide a straight-forward workflow that streamlines the process of accurate structural nonlinear FEA simulations of reinforced plastic parts.
Digimat-RP is a unique nonlinear multi-scale structural modeling solution for fiber-reinforced plastic parts developed by e-Xstream engineering, a MSC Software company. It not only provides engineers with an innovative micromechanical modeling approach for optimal and predictive design of composite parts, but also bridges the gap between injection molding and structural simulation analyses. Moldex3D Digimat-RP is a collaborative technology developed by Moldex3D and e-Xstream engineering teams with the aim of including the important process-induced properties, such as local fiber orientation, residual stresses and temperatures predicted by Moldex3D’s analysis into Moldex3D Digimat-RP for an accurate description of the local composite behavior and ultimately achieving a precise FEA structural analysis using all the major FEA softwares on the market today.
Reinforced plastics are increasingly being used in multiple industries (automotive, electronics, consumer goods, …) as a replacement to metal solutions. Reinforced plastics indeed offer an increased flexibility for design, ease of processing as well as lightweighting capabilities. However, they also bring a series of challenges: reinforced plastics behavior is usually highly non-linear, anisotropic, temperature/strain rate dependent and most importantly process dependent.
Moldex3D Digimat-RP is a fiber orientation estimator that makes multiple simulations within a day (CPU time/application takes 20-45 min) possible, thus speeding up the process of making the right decision quickly on a design earlier in the design cycle.
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