July 30, 2007
New Matereality/Nastran Interface Opens Material Database
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Matereality, a provider of IT infrastructure for secure, global materials information storage and exchange has cooperated with UGS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, to develop an interface for importing material properties from Matereality into UGS NX Nastran software. Matereality has also released "MIRO for Nastran", a search wizard that extracts relevant Nastran-ready material data from its databases.
"The primary impetus for the creation of this interface was to position the massive MMPDS-02 Properties for Aerospace/Design database for use by the Nastran community. Both Nastran and MMPDS-02 are used heavily by the aerospace community. Coupling Matereality with UGS PLM Software’s NX Nastran will ensure proper representation of materials in aerospace CAE" say Hubert Lobo, Matereality President.
MMPDS-02 is recognized as the most reliable source for verified design allowables needed for metallic materials, fasteners, and joints used in the design and maintenance of aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles. In addition to MMPDS-02, Matereality contains the largest repository of CAE-suitable data on plastics, metals, rubber, foam and composites, including stress-strain curves; rate-dependent data; tensile, compressive, creep and fatigue data, plus the NIST lead-free solder database for the electronics industry. All data can be viewed using cutting edge visualization tools, subjected to instant unit conversions and CAE/FEA export capabilities.
In addition to offering individuals access to public data, enterprises can use Matereality's Material Data Server to warehouse proprietary properties of all their materials and deploy it to CAD/CAE/PLM. Data used in a product or PLM can be easily traced to its pedigreed source on Matereality.
According to a statement from UGS PLM Software, today’s announcement enhances access to relevant material data for users of UGS PLM Software’s NX Nastran. The use of Matereality to store materials information as part of an enterprise IT system, will lead to more readily available and accurate material data for simulations.
Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor
OK, so material data isn’t as enticing as, say, advanced surface modeling, but if you’ve ever had to deal with detailed material data for a lot of different materials, especially for CAE purposes, then Matereality has a lot to offer.
Matereality was founded five years ago with a charter to create an architecture for storing and disseminating material property data for any material. This obviously was an ambitious project and arose from frustrated experiences of material scientists and engineers who found their work hampered by a lack of all but the most simple digital material data. This sad state of affairs contributed to countless hours of lost time and effort, finding and archiving material information in less than ideal formats, such as paper, in filing cabinets, and electronically as PDFs, Word, and Excel documents on individual computers.
The first version of Matereality was released in 2003 as a Web-based product that provided a solution to the aforementioned problems, plus had the advantage of allowing users to isolate information for their use while making it available to others authorized to use it.
The second release of Matereality in 2004 brought a number of new technological advances including the introduction of MIRO (an extensible data-mining technology), and data export to third-party applications such as ABAQUS, ANSYS, and Matlab. Matereality was also the first to start using MATML (a new XML data exchange standard for material properties).
In 2005, Matereality v. 2.1 was released with the introduction of two new product lines: Material Data Server and Material Databases. Last year, Matereality introduced the Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardization Database (MMPDS-02) and formerly Mil-5 Handbook, recognized as THE reference source for aerospace component design, on its TrueDigital platform.
The release of this electronic version of MMPDS-02 brought a number of advances to product design engineers in the aerospace and defense industries. MMPDS-02 complemented Matereality’s existing content of over 10,000 data sets of non-linear material properties, with a collection of statistically-based design allowable properties for metals. This collection of over 30,000 datasets includes stress-strain data, fatigue, creep and thermal properties in addition to conventional single-point properties. The Handbook is recognized as the most reliable source for verified design allowables needed for metallic materials, fasteners, and joints used in the design and maintenance of
aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles.
Today, Matereality serves a diverse user base, including defense, aerospace, automotive, appliance, tier-one, electronics, medical device and consumer product verticals with Web-based solutions to securely store any kind of material properties on what the company calls a TrueDigital system that allows plug-in of materials information into a PLM system and workflow. Matereality's TrueDigital format allows such things as the ability to search and locate data from the collection, view dependencies and data trends, analyze and interpret complex data, and the ability to export data for analysis using CAE programs, such as NX Nastran, ABAQUS, and ANSYS.
Material properties, being extremely varied, have been notoriously difficult to store in a digital framework, often making material data unavailable when critical decisions are being made. Matereality provides a system for handling all material data where any material and any property can be completely and digitally integrated into a CAE and PLM platforms. For example, all properties for all materials in a car or an aircraft can be stored in and accessed from one place. Matereality provides different types of users with data specific to their needs. CAE groups, for example, can locate and export CAE-specific data into their applications.
When I was I engineering school many moons ago, one of the toughest core classes was materials. I considered it a sort of “weed-out” class that separated those who were suited to go on with the curriculum from those who weren’t. For teaching materials, I’d like to see an educational version of Matereality developed and added as part of the expanding digital toolbox for making tomorrow’s engineers more competitive.
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