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Knowmats is an informal repository of information related to materials and simulation. The information helps simulation professionals perform best-in-class simulation with a better understanding of how materials are represented in FEA and simulation. read more...


A Standardized Methodology for the DigimatMX Reverse Engineering Process 

We present a methodology for DIGIMAT users to perform the DIGIMAT MX reverse engineering process to obtain material parameter inputs for crash, elasto-plastic, creep and visco-elasticity. The injection-molding process used involves a standardized plaque geometry with fully developed flow, with test specimens taken from a specific plaque location. A standardized testing procedure is applied and the resulting DIGIMAT MX inputs are handled in a streamlined data stream, which saves time and improves the reliability of the reverse engineering process. The DIGIMAT MX reverse engineering itself can be performed as a service in collaboration with e-Xstream. This gives the user a speedy and tightly controlled process for performing complex finite element analysis with filled plastics

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Blow Molding Extrusion High Speed Testing Injection Molding Nonlinear Material Models Structural Analysis DIGIMAT Presentations


Datapoint Newsletter: Fall '10, Volume 16.4

Composite Testing on the Rise. Matereality 4.0 Release.

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Composites Newsletters


Datapoint Newsletter: Summer '10, Volume 16.3

DatapointLabs Joins TechNet Alliance. ANSYS Chaboche Model. CAE-INPUT Decks Now Available for ANSYS Polyflow. Foam Modeling in ANSYS.

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Foams Metals ANSYS POLYFLOW Blow Molding POLYFLOW Extrusion POLYFLOW Thermoforming Newsletters


Mechanical and Visco-Elastic Properties of UHMWPE for In-Vivo Applications 

Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is used extensively in orthopedic applications within the human body. Components made from these materials are subject to complex loading over extended periods of time. Modeling of components used in such applications depends heavily on having material data under in-vivo conditions. We present mechanical and visco-elastic properties measured in saline at 37C. Comparisons to conventionally measured properties at room temperature are made.

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Plastics Biomedical Blow Molding Extrusion Injection Molding Nonlinear Material Models Structural Analysis Moldflow Abaqus ANSYS SIGMASOFT Papers POLYFLOW Blow Molding POLYFLOW Extrusion POLYFLOW Thermoforming


Understanding and Coping with Material Modeling Limitations in FEA 

The limitations of modeling materials for simulation are discussed, including lack of clarity in material model requirements, gaps between the material data and the model to which it will be fitted, issues in obtaining pertinent properties, difficulties in parameter conversion (fitting), and preparation of input files for the software being used. Means to address these limitations are presented, including understanding the model completely, measuring the correct data with precision on the right material, selecting the best model for the data and ensuring the best fit of the model to the data, validating the model against a simple experiment, and following best practices to create an error-free input file.

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Plastics Rubbers Foams Aerospace and Defense Automotive Biomedical Consumer Products Material Supplier Toys/Sporting Goods Electonics/Electrical Industrial Goods Packaging Home Appliances Presentations


Datapoint Newsletter: Spring '10, Volume 16.2

Global Expansion Update. LS-DYNA Support Update. New TestPaks Partner. Photo Documentation of Testing.

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LS-DYNA DIGIMAT Newsletters


Material Testing and Calibration for Non-Linear ANSYS Simulations 

Material modeling has become increasing important as ANSYS software has added analysis capabilities such as non-linear CAE, crash, CFD, and manufacturing process simulation. Poor material representaion brings risk to CAE and product development. Material data needs for various material models are discussed.

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ANSYS ANSYS FIDAP MSC.NASTRAN Presentations


Behavior-based Material Model Selection and Calibration of Plastics for Crash Simulation 

Many material models are available for crash simulation. However, common models are not designed for plastics. We present best practices developed for adapting common models to plastics, as well as best testing protocols to generate clean, accurate rate-dependent data. In addition, we present a streamlined process to convert raw data to LS-DYNA material cards, and harmonized material datasets that allow the same raw data to be used for other crash and rate-dependent analysis software.

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Plastics Automotive High Speed Testing Nonlinear Material Models Structural Analysis LS-DYNA Abaqus ANSYS PAM-CRASH RADIOSS Presentations


The Need for Simulation-Quality Material Data

Material testing for simulation is about understanding how to best describe a material’s behavior as input for the CAE code. Such testing requires expertise and experience beyond testing performed in a typical test laboratory; while the test instruments may be the same, the knowledge of CAE and experience with diverse materials is increasingly important. FEA software such as ANSYS is being increasingly used for non-linear simulations. We discuss how DatapointLabs' uncommon material expertise helps you avoid problems when the data is being generated these applications.

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Research Papers


Datapoint Newsletter: Winter '10, Volume 16.1

European Expansion. New TestPaks Alliance Partner. Environmental Conditioning Lab.

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Autodesk Inventor Newsletters