This guest post on Innovation Intelligence is written by Neil Baumann, Chief Operations Officer at Key to Metals AG, developer of the Total Materia materials database. Key to Metals is a member of the Altair Partner Alliance.
Continuous improvement in the field of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and design related software tools sits in alignment with a global imperative to source lighter, stronger and cheaper materials. This addresses important and fundamental concerns relating to environmental impact, failure reduction, and the ever-present agenda of driving down operational business costs while increasing gross margin.
Without material data, CAE software cannot be used at all effectively, let alone to maximum potential. Imagine filling a turbocharged V6 Formula 1 racing car with treacle instead of high octane fuel! Pretty standard stuff, but the challenge of finding material data for the CAE and design community runs much deeper and is much more complex than it initially appears.
First of all, we need to consider availability, and with this comes a myriad of questions relating to efficiency, associated costs, and whether it is possible to uncover design opportunities without a disproportional amount of effort. It is not uncommon to look for hours, days or sometimes longer to find relevant cyclic properties, without any concrete information on variations of specimen condition or data categorized by temperature dependency. To put it blatantly, engineers spend more time searching for data than actually completing engineering tasks.
Considering this, finding comprehensive data covering mechanical and physical properties, stress strain curves, and cyclic properties all in one place would be the ultimate goal.
The second major element of this story lies with reliability and accuracy, attributes which are paramount in the context of better decision making. Significant financial pressure exists for the engineer to do his or her job well, but ramifications relating to product integrity and safety have the most serious implications. In this context, traceable, accurate information is critical.
Given what’s at stake and the gravity of daily decisions being made relating to material behavior, selection, and replacement, leaving anything to chance should be considered risky business. Key to Metals AG is leading the way in the development and provision of material properties databases, and through Total Materia, offers the world’s most comprehensive materials database providing linear and non-linear data for over 240,000 metallic and non-metallic materials.
To learn more about what we can offer, visit us at www.totalmateria.com.
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