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What’s New in Digimat 2019.0?

Digimat 2019.0 supports new material systems, part performance while improving accuracy and adds a strong interface to MaterialCenter

Democratized high fidelity failure and crash simulation of reinforced plastics parts

High fidelity failure and crash simulations are required for confident design of lightweight components made of reinforced plastics. Information about material microstructure and accurate material model play a significant role in achieving high fidelity simulation results. Access to material microstructure information is now made easier in the early design stage thanks to the capability to predict weld line location in addition to the fiber orientation distribution. Time and complexity associated to the creation of a crash material model creation is drastically reduced with a new strain-rate dependent calibration procedure.

New solution for lifetime prediction of reinforced plastics parts

In partnership with DSM, a state-of-the-art workflow for constant amplitude loading fatigue analysis of reinforced plastic parts is introduced – starting from efficient material model characterization up to dedicated fatigue post-processing capabilities in Digimat-RP. The solution is complemented by fatigue data available in the Digimat-MX database.

Integrative simulation for fiber reinforced polymer additive manufacturing

The polymer additive manufacturing industry is entering the production era thanks to high performance fiber reinforced materials. To unleash their full potential Digimat 2019.0 provides both process simulation capabilities for warpage prediction and mitigation as well as as-manufactured part performance capabilities, enabling performance optimization as a function of the material and the manufacturing. Furthermore, fiber reinforced material models are readily available inside Digimat-MX for material systems from DSM, Solvay Specialty Polymers and Stratasys Inc.

Modeling of foam materials

Foam materials have unique combination of stiffness and density. This enables end users to control the microstructure and tailor the material properties to their requirements. Digimat 2019.0 introduces this material family in its material engineering capabilities to complement the already wide range of materials, including polymers, composites, ceramics and metals.

Management of composite physical and virtual data at the enterprise level

Digimat-VA and MaterialCenter are now strongly interfaced to enable an entreprise wide management of virtual and physical test results. Ply properties stored in MaterialCenter can be used as input for virtual allowable campaigns, while virtual test results can be stored, shared and managed in MaterialCenter, along with the available physical data.

Increased content of advanced material database

Access to advanced material data is key to achieve high fidelity structural analysis and process simulation, whether for injection molding or additive manufacturing applications. Digimat-MX database provides direct access to validated off-the-shelf material models from a wide range of material suppliers. This new release further strengthens the content of the public database. Two new material suppliers are added: Borealis and SUMIKA Polymer Compounds. New material systems and models are included from Asahi Kasei Corporation, DSM, DuPont Performance Materials, Kuraray Co. Ltd., SABIC, SOLVAY Engineering Plastics, SOLVAY Specialty Polymers and Stratasys Inc. Overall 68 new material systems have been added, corresponding to 15 871 new models, including fatigue data.

Please have a look at the release notes for all details. Digimat 2019.0 is available for download on the MSC Download Center

Release Notes