PLANO, Texas—After signing an agreement to acquire MultiMechanics, Inc., Siemens plans to integrate MultiMechanics’s TRUE Multiscale simulation technology into Siemens Digital Industries Software to help “accelerate innovation and adoption of advanced materials,” Siemens said in a press release.
MultiMechanics is the developer of MultiMech finite element software, reported to help companies virtually predict failure in advanced materials at high levels of speed and accuracy. Siemens said that the integration of MultiMechanics gives customers the ability to create a digital twin of materials by closely integrating materials engineering with part design, performance engineering, and manufacturing.
MultiMechanics’s technology helps companies to efficiently predict material properties and behavior, including failure starting at the microstructural level. The technology will be incorporated into Simcenter™ software within Siemens’s Xcelerator portfolio. As a result, Siemens said, materials engineering will be implemented into the digital workflow and a pervasive link established between material developers, manufacturing process developers, and part designers.
“The addition of this technology enables our customers to build a digital twin of materials, which will help to shrink the innovation cycle of new products and materials, possibly saving millions of dollars and several years in development and certification in aerospace, automotive, and other sectors,” said Jan Leuridan, senior vice president, Simulation & Test Solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software, in the release. “Customers will have the ability to fully exploit the potential of advanced materials to optimize weight and performance in an efficient way that is not possible with classical, test-based, approaches.”
Digitalization, or the fourth industrial revolution, is happening today, causing disruption in the process and discrete industries. It is blurring boundaries between domains, merging the virtual and real world, hardware and software, and design and manufacturing. In this dynamic environment, the ability to meet rapidly changing consumer preferences and requirements with insights and data is essential. This can only be achieved through digital twins that represent and validate what is possible through a complete end-to-end workflow, according to Siemens.
Siemens (www.siemens.com/simcenter) said that its acquisition of MultiMechanics further expands the ability to create the most comprehensive digital twin. The key is the integration of structural computer-aided engineering (CAE) with detailed materials modeling, using TRUE Multiscale technology for a broad range of materials. These include polymers, metals, composites, and ceramics.
“We are excited to join Siemens and the Simcenter family,” said Flavio Souza, president and CTO of MultiMechanics, Inc. “The combination of the TRUE Multiscale technology of MultiMechanics with Simcenter 3D software will provide a strong basis for further innovation, enabling an expansion of scope of structural simulation to include multi-physics support for applications such as minimization of part distortion, prevention of voids during material flow, and prediction of visco-elastic acoustic properties.”
Manufacturing technologies such as injection molding and additive manufacturing are expected to have immediate applications. According to Siemens, the digital twin of materials can account for manufacturing variability and imperfections, identify the root cause of material failure at the microstructure level, optimize material microstructure for best performance, and enable the creation and virtual testing of new material systems.
“We are confident that as part of Siemens, MultiMechanics’s technology can accelerate innovation in, and adoption of, complex materials, including the further penetration of composites in the automotive and aerospace industries,” said Nicolas Cudré Maroux, chief technology officer of Solvay, a major customer and shareholder of MultiMechanics.
“The accuracy and speed afforded by MultiMechanics, and its efficient integration with commonly used commercial finite element software packages is changing the way we develop new materials and interact with our customers,” added Mike Blair, executive vice president of research and innovation, composite materials, at Solvay.