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Open-Source, Distributed Computational Environment for Virtual Materials Exploration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-14-M-5044
Agency Tracking Number: F141-174-0383
Amount: $149,949.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF141-174
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-03-10
Small Business Information
28 Corporate Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065-8688
United States
DUNS: 010926207
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Marcus Hanwell
 Technical Leader
 (518) 371-3971
Business Contact
 Vicki Rafferty
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (518) 371-3971
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: The structural design community regard materials models as fixed inputs to a finite element-based design process, using materials lookup tables to provide data from experimental and/or simulations performed by others. However the accuracy of multiscale materials modeling has improved significantly over the last few decades, yet these simulations have seen little application in structural design. The project will change the paradigm by which structural design tools in finite element modeling operate by providing an interface to materials simulations, extending them to make use of simulation data, and adding support for location specific properties in single parts. Future tools will enable designs that make use of materials science and engineering (processing, microstructure and performance) in the finite element model, independently triggering simulations as required to facilitate pervasive solutions that accommodate most classes of structural materials. These tools will enable more efficient designs that make full use of the latest advances in materials engineering, giving designers the ability to seamlessly draw on the most accurate information at every stage of design, validation and production. BENEFIT: The proposed work will offer commercial applications across many sectors, including manufacturers of aerospace components, medical devices, and automotive parts. Currently, these manufacturers are limited by their ability to design precision parts, resulting in inefficient design and use of expensive techniques for entire parts. The proposed work directly addresses this issue, and would result in a paradigm shift, from whole-part design based on standard material properties tables to the use of actual variables in dynamic, active material design The open-source framework will enable designers to move beyond materials as fixed design inputs to active variables that can be manipulated as part of the structural design process, ultimately leading to structural design driving the materials requirements. With the ability to explore in real-time materials and compositions and adjust parameters to accommodate specific requirements, designers will able to use these insights to modify designs. Examples of such modifications are increases to part life, or reductions in weight without compromising its structural integrity.

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