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Matereality has released a material database for use with Ansys software that is accessible from within the Ansys Workbench 13.0 environment.

The database gives users access to Matereality’s Global Data Center, which contains more than 2,000 material models ready for Ansys Workbench.

The database was produced in co-operation with Ansys reseller Idac in the UK.

Property data is sourced from Idac material databases (400 materials and 254 nonlinear material data curves), the Datapointlabs nonlinear materials database (hyperelastic properties, temperature-dependent strain curves and high-strain-rate tensile data on rubbers, plastics, foams and metals), the NIST electronic materials database and several plastics material supplier databases.

All data is pedigreed.

When interfacing with Ansys Workbench 13.0, Matereality’s CAE Modeler plug-in software automates the transformation of the raw material data into Ansys Mechanical and Ansys Explicit STR models.

The CAE Modeler handles everything from simple conversions to elastic material models; it also automates complex conversions such as stress-strain data into elastic-plastic models, hyperelastic data inputs for rubber and rate-dependent models for crash simulations.

The CAE Modeler is backward compatible with previous Ansys versions.

S Subbiah, vice-president of corporate product and market strategy at Ansys, said: ‘Ansys 13.0 includes a software development kit that makes it possible for partners and users to fabricate tightly knit joint solutions.

‘Matereality is one of the first to leverage the SDK; as a result, Ansys Workbench users have integrated access to the material properties they need to completely and accurately simulate how a product will behave in the real world,’ added Subbiah.

Ansys users who have existing personal or workgroup material databases on Matereality can also use the Matereality CAE Modeler plug-in to automate the conversion of their data for export into Ansys Workbench 13.0.

Hubert Lobo, Matereality president, said: ‘Users can assess the quality of the raw data from their test laboratories and suppliers, transform the data into a material model, review, edit and update the model if needed, all from within Ansys Workbench 13.0.

‘Their simulation can include an embedded link to the exact data source within Matereality,’ he added.

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