March 30, 2014
The Altair Partner Alliance announced that Multiscale Design Systems (MDS) has enabled its MDS software on the Altair license manager. MDS focuses on composite materials and structures at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
“Multiscale Design Systems is anticipating the start of a long and fruitful partnership with Altair and its Partner Alliance,” said Jacob Fish, president of MDS. “Our software will help HyperWorks users perform highly comprehensive composites modeling by applying such processes as multiscale fatigue and multiphysics analyses, as well as microstructural optimization, to help them reach the ideal composite material and/or structure for their projects.”
Outfitted with methodical model-reduction technology, MDS reduces complex unit cells from hundreds of thousands of finite elements to a manageable number of deformation modes and state variables, the company says. It also is equipped with an extensible library of parametric unit cell models that are generated automatically using the built-in CAD and meshing tools.
“Altair is very pleased to add Multiscale Design Systems to the Partner Alliance offering,” said Dave Mason, Altair’s senior vice president, global automotive and aerospace. “As manufacturers expand the use of advanced composites in their designs, there is an absolute requirement for more accurate simulation capabilities for predicting failure modes. MDS software technology not only provides Altair HyperWorks users accurate multiscale predictions, but also its unique approach provides great efficiency, which is a must for these complex simulations.”
Two versions of MDS are available: MDS-Standard and MDS-Professional. MDS-Standard consists of the Multiscale Design System for Continuum (MDS-C) module. This module resolves microscale fields at a computational cost comparable to that of macromechanical modeling. MDS-Professional includes three modules in addition to MDS-C: Multiscale Stochastic Design System (MDS-UQ), Multiscale Multiphysics Design System (MDS-MP) and Multiscale Fatigue Design System (MDS-FT). The MDS-UQ module is a non-intrusive multiscale solver with stochastic forward and inverse capabilities.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.