Solvay and MultiMechanics Partner to Develop Material Simulation Software Platform
Solvay and MultiMechanics announced on May 17 they have partnered to develop a material simulation software platform that could reduce the time and cost of developing and certifying new materials by 40%. Currently, the time and cost to a material supplier to develop and certify a new structural aerospace material can take five years and up to $50M, while the cost to the OEM to certify the material can be even higher.
Scientists at Solvay were looking for a simulation tool that could:
- Process inputs such as fiber volume fraction, fiber orientation, interface effects, resin ductility, material variability
- Handle the amount of explicit inputs required in order to properly define and test new materials
- Quickly provide insight into how changes at the constituent material level affect overall mechanical performance at the composite level
- Shorten the feedback loop from new constituent synthesis to composite property determination
“We are confident this software can accelerate innovation in complex materials and the penetration of composites in the automotive and aerospace industries,” says Nicolas CudréMauroux, chief technology officer at Solvay. “The accuracy and speed afforded by MultiMechanics, and its efficient integration with commonly used commercial finite element software packages, is changing the way we develop new materials and interact with our customers.”
As per the trusted sources MultiMechanics partnered with Solvay to address these challenges, and in 2017, Solvay Ventures co-invested $1.9 million to speed up the development of the MultiMechanics solution. Since then, MultiMechanics has enabled the Solvay team to understand their materials on a deeper level, expedite the material development process, and enter into new markets. The team can now send new material designs to be physically tested with greater confidence that their new design will pass testing. They also have insight into exactly how, when, and where damage will occur, and how they can mitigate it.
And as cliché as it may sound, both partners agree this is indeed a win-win relationship. Solvay enjoys the quicker development of a crucial tool to accelerate its Research and Innovation, and MultiMechanics gets precious feedback to continue fine-tuning its software. “Thanks to our open collaboration with the Composite Materials GBU, we understand the demands from the industry better and can build new unique capabilities into our tools accordingly,” says Flavio
According to Stratview Research, the global composite simulation software market was valued at US$ 43.6 million in 2016 and is projected to grow at an impressive CAGR of 8.5% over the next five years and reach US$ 71.4 million in 2022. Organic growth of composites industry, high demand for automation and faster production process, and increasing demand for simulation software from design to production are the major growth drivers of the market.
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