What's New in MaterialCenter 2021.1

News ID    PN261
Status:    Published
Published date:    05/20/2021
Updated:    05/20/2021
Created with Version:   MaterialCenter (2021.1)
  MaterialCenter (2021)




MaterialCenter 2021.1 focuses on bringing new functionality targeted at the aerospace OEM and material supplier markets. Engineers will see significant improvement in the management of composite materials with integrated composite layup management and manufacturing process parameters. In addition, material suppliers will be able to upload data, without additional configuration, by using the ready-made template to capture test data.

Release Highlights

The following list includes release highlights from both, the 2021 and 2021.1 releases:

  • Material composite layup management: Complete traceability and pedigree of data is crucial to control and understand processes with a high degree of variability. Composite manufacturing requires companies to keep a full pedigree to qualify the materials and material suppliers. MaterialCenter 2021 provides the ability to define a composite material layup through the definition of a stacking formula. Materials and process engineers can input a stacking formula to define the orientation of the individual ply. Hybrid composites are supported by enabling the selection of the ply material at each layer and orientation.

The pedigree viewer, pictured below, plays a critical role in providing a visual traceability of the layup. This dynamic display illustrates the relationship between the layup definition and the individual ply constituents.

  • Manufacturing process parameter definition: In addition to defining the layup, it is critical to input the individual steps required for the manufacturing process of a composite materials.  Users can define manufacturing process steps and input the parameters required. Users can record the temperature, time or configure any other critical parameter. The window below illustrates a process input example where the user can create and order each step to manufacture the composite layup material.

Much like the pedigree view for the layup, the process record is also captured to complete the story. MaterialCenter enables the navigation from layup to constituent ply and from layup to the associated processes. The dynamic view can also identify the inverse relationship from ply to layup.

  • Senvol Additive Manufacturing Database: Senvol provides one of the world’s most comprehensive additive manufacturing database. With over 1200 machines and 2500 materials, engineers can quickly down select and optimize their AM process by leveraging the rich dataset. Using MaterialCenter, manufacturing engineers can select the best material for their machine with advanced search and cross plotting. The following pedigree shows the 63 materials compatible with the EOS M290  machine.

Visual comparisons such as scatter and spider plot can help further inform engineers to make the most appropriate selection. By comparing density with strength, you can find the lightest material with the highest yield point.

  • Material Data Processing: To support growth in the material supplier market, MaterialCenter will be providing an embedded tool to help reduce the amount of time take to process material test data. As summarized below, the materials engineer takes the raw test data, cleans up the stress strain data, and builds an average of multiple test samples in order to provide the necessary input to calibrate a material model.

This workflow is time consuming and requires high cost resources to do very basic tasks in order to post process material data. MaterialCenter will now empower engineers to post process this data in minutes. Using the post processing application, materials experts can clean, shift and build an average curve in three steps. The average is created either using a spline, or polynomial method. The image below illustrates a resulting average from the set of raw test samples.