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The expanded material modelling platform software from Digimat’s e-Xstream software enables design engineers to simulate fibre-reinforced composite parts more accurately adding thirteen of Solvays advanced polymer grades.
According to Solvay, its additional polymer grades now allow Digimat to offer greatly expanded capabilities for computer design and simulation of fibre-reinforced composite parts that target automotive, electronics, food-contact and other applications. The thirteen new additions to the simulation platform’s Digimat-MX database draw from Solvay’s Amode polyphthalamide (PPA), Ixef polyarylamide (PARA), Veradel polyethersulfone (PESU) and Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) product families and deliver a selection of mechanical properties across a range of temperatures. Solvay explains that its Ixef and Veradel materials are the first PARA and PESU resins to ever appear in e-Xstream’s materials database, which provides computer modelling for designing fibre-reinforced thermoplastic parts.
“Solvay has been a leading innovator in metal replacement for more than 25 years and our continuing partnership with e-Xstream is critical to helping customers effectively simulate the mechanical performance of our materials when designing lightweight fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite parts. The addition of these thirteen Solvay grades to the Digimat-MX library signals an important new phase in our support to design and simulation experts seeking to replace metal parts with lightweight advanced polymers and composites. More than just software, Digimat is a material and structure modelling platform that allows engineers to perform both micro- and macro-scale analyses of a broad range of composite materials to calculate their mechanical, thermal and electrical properties and predict how they will perform in downstream applications. Digimat-MX, the Material eXchange system, is a detailed database that provides the platform with accurate material models for simulating the design and performance of select commercial reinforced plastics,” said Michel Dubois, Global Technical Marketing Manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers.
“The efficiency, accuracy and value of the Digimat platform’s predictive modelling capabilities is founded on the quality of the polymer data and the validated material models shipped in Digimat-MX. Adding these thirteen Solvay grades to our software’s broad list of high-quality material models allows Solvay and e-Xstream customers greatly expanded design flexibility. For example, it now allows automotive designers to explore a broader range of models when designing more fuel-efficient and high-performing vehicle designs,” said Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream Engineering and Chief Material Strategist for MSC Software.
Solvay explains that, to help customers fully exploit the properties of its high-performance polymers in product design, it has developed dedicated computer-aided engineering procedures based on Digimat that have undergone thorough internal validation at its European laboratory, based in Brussels, Belgium.
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