Leuven, Belgium, 10 March 2011 – LMS International and e-Xstream engineering have started a strategic partnership to develop fatigue tools for random fiber-reinforced composites. Composite materials are increasingly seen as a viable alternative to conventional engineering materials. Besides being extremely lightweight, quasi-random fiber composites are easy to manufacture and offer numerous advantages compared to conventional metals. Although promising, using quasi-random fiber composite materials in structural parts is still limited because it is difficult to assess mission-critical performance issues, like durability.
“An accurate prediction of composite fatigue performance requires in-depth knowledge of fatigue and the anisotropic, heterogeneous and process-dependent behavior of composite materials. Combining our mutual expertise and software capabilities will add accuracy and predictability to the benefit of our common customer base” stated Dr. Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream.
Until today, reliable and computationally inexpensive simulation methods for composite durability assessment were unavailable, making it difficult to realistically implement them into the digital design cycle. To overcome this, the combined LMS and e-Xstream tools and services bridge the gap between manufacturing simulation results and the prediction and improvement of composite fatigue behavior. This allows a unique seamless integration of local material modeling, finite element calculations and fatigue prediction
“With e-Xstream, LMS has found an extremely innovative partner with the necessary knowledge, skills and complementary software products in material modeling,” said Stefaan Goossens, Vice President, Simulation Division at LMS International. “Combined with our 20 years of fatigue loads and simulation know-how, the partnership enables us to produce software solutions that are both accurate and efficient from the very start of our collaboration. Shortly, our customers will be able to confidently use innovative composite materials to produce lighter, more sustainable and eco-friendly products.”
An industry milestone, these solutions will premiere at the LMS European Vehicle Conference in May 2011 in Munich.
LMS is a leading provider of test and mechatronic simulation software and engineering services in the automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries. As a business segment within Siemens PLM Software, LMS provides a unique portfolio of products and services for manufacturing companies to manage the complexities of tomorrow’s product development by incorporating model-based mechatronic simulation and advanced testing in the product development process. LMS tunes into mission-critical engineering attributes, ranging from system dynamics, structural integrity and sound quality to durability, safety and power consumption. With multi-domain and mechatronic simulation solutions, LMS addresses the complex engineering challenges associated with intelligent system design and model-based systems engineering. Thanks to its technology and more than 1250 dedicated people, LMS has become the partner of choice of more than 5000 manufacturing companies worldwide. LMS operates in more than 30 key locations around the world.
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This press release was published by LMS International prior to Siemens PLM Software acquiring the company on January 3, 2013.