Material Data Management Consortium Focuses on Impact in Material and Product R&D

26 August 2014

There will be a fourth phase for the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC), focusing on “Managing data for maximum impact in material and product research and development”. 

According to Granta Design, the decision was taken at August’s MDMC meeting in East Hartford, UK. Granta also explains that GKN Aerospace has now joined the international group of engineering enterprises involved in Phase IV. Other members are Airbus Helicopters, GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman, ASM International, GE Energy, Oak Ridge NL, AWE, Raytheon, Baker Hughes, Granta Design, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sandia National Labs, Doosan Babcock, Los Alamos NL, United Technologies, Embraer, NASA Glenn Research Center, US Army Research Labs, Honeywell Aerospace and NASA Marshall SFC.

The MDMC is a collaborative project founded in 2002 following an initiative from ASM International, NASA, and Granta Design. Granta explains that the project’s mission is to develop and apply materials information technology that maximises the value of materials engineering. The project has guided Granta Design in developing GRANTA MI, the industry standard system that is designed to enable engineering enterprises to capture, manage, and control their corporate materials information, and to integrate this information, securely and traceably, with simulation and product engineering. Granta claims that such technology has been shown to yield multi-million dollar returns including: improved productivity in materials engineering, avoidance of data loss and duplication of tests, reduction of risk in the engineering and design process, time-savings in design and development, plus improved compliance with regulations.

The most recent phase (2009-2013) of the MDMC created new tools to deploy materials data for use in design and simulation, and new capabilities to manage information relating to composites and advanced materials. The new Phase IV will focus on further improvements in the efficiency of materials data management and on helping members to apply this data for greater impact on their wider engineering activities. 

According to the project partners, priorities include:

  • Continued optimisation of usability for members’ workflows.
  • Further improvements to best practice approaches and technology for composites.
  • Extending support of areas such as corrosion, tribology, wear, joining, and additive manufacturing (“3D printing.”)
  • Creating and deploying data for virtual product development; members report increasing interest in this topic due to the volume of materials data now generated and consumed by FEA/CAD.
  • Support for integrated computational materials engineering (ICME).

Phase IV is still open to new members and existing members claim benefits of joining including the use of an evolving and maintained materials information management system, designed to meet members’ needs, at a fraction of the cost required to develop a similar system through an in-house project.

“Phase IV will continue the MDMC’s exceptional work in identifying best practices and helping each member to build a comprehensive, fully traceable, record of their organisation’s materials related data, both experimental and simulation, at all pertinent levels of scale,” commented Dr. Steven M. Arnold, Multiscale and Multiphysics Modeling Technical Lead within the Structures and Materials Division at NASA Glenn Research Center, and Chairman of the MDMC. “This will help them, for example, to obtain accurate predictions of the performance of materials in every location of a component based on a complete material and modeling pedigree.”

Photo provided by Granta Design.

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