Advanced Engineering 2018

Autodesk’s Latest Project Extends Moldflow Insight to Nonlinear Structural Simulation

03 June 2014

Autodesk Simulation Moldflow has launched a new application to allow users to export fibre orientation results from a Moldflow simulation and use them to run a nonlinear structural simulation in Abaqus Standard of Explicit.

Autodesk explains that Moldflow excels at predicting the orientation of short fibres resulting from the moulding process – information that is eagerly sought after by structural analysts. To meet this demand, Autodesk states it has spent the past several months combining the simulation expertise in injection moulding and advanced finite element analysis of composite materials to develop a tool that will bridge the gap.

With Project Sundance, after importing both the Moldflow and structural models, a simple workflow assists users in applying material data, evaluating the meshes and then mapping fibre orientation results from the Moldflow model to the structural model. Autodesk says that the updated structural model can then be exported for FEA simulation. With more specific fibre orientation information for a given model and nonlinear material behaviour within the FEA analysis, users gain more accurate insight into the behaviour and structural performance of short fibre composite parts.

Project Sundance has been released as a free technology preview in the Autodesk Labs. Through an online forum, Labs provides the public with free, early access to prototypes, & technology previews. Its mission is to provide a collaborative environment and involve customers in the progress of design technology solutions.

“Project Sundance has been exciting to release because it is really the culmination of customer input and our technology development over the past year” said Senior Development Manager, Emmett Nelson. “Early, conceptual conversations with potential users were very positive and we look forward to getting feedback through the tech preview process to help us further refine the tool and make it a benefit to users.”

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