Granta Design and EconCore are to cooperate in the development of a software tool for sandwich material selection and optimisation.
Sandwich construction combines the in-plane properties of a skin material with the out-of-plane properties of a core material, leading to a more effective use of both materials. Maximizing performance per unit of cost can require designers to consider a complex balance of the different functions of, for example, the outer layers and centre material of a plate or shell, against variables such as cost and weight. These designers need an easy way to compare potential sandwich material combinations against each other and against monolithic materials, and to select the optimal combination. The tool will enable users to explore the potential weight and cost savings offered by sandwich material combinations.
EconCore offers technologies for continuous production of economic honeycomb cores from paper and thermoplastic materials, which allow further in-line processing of sandwich panels and parts. In order to support customers and licensees in their application development EconCore has started to develop a sandwich materials selection software tool for internal use, which enables a graphical comparison of the material efficiency of solid materials and different sandwich material combinations and allows users to study weight- and cost-saving factors.
Granta’s Cambridge Engineering Selector technology is a software-based method for the systematic selection of materials in engineering design. The collaboration with EconCore aims to extend the benefits to organizations using or considering sandwich materials.
Both companies are committed to provide industry with a scientifically sound but easy to use software tool for comparing and selecting sandwich material combinations for specific applications with combined performance per cost and performance per weight targets.
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