Altair, Troy, Michigan, USA, has announced the launch of the Altair® Material Data Center™ consortium, designed to help make its Altair Material Data Center (AMDC) a best-in-class materials information resource to support innovative product design and manufacturing.
The development of sustainable, efficient, minimum-weight designs requires accurate, multi-domain material properties; the selection of these materials is a vital step in product development. The AMDC furnishes users with the material properties needed for tasks such as virtual prototyping and simulation, enabling users to browse, search, and compare materials in a standalone application or through the interface of their simulation and optimisation tools.
The AMDC consortium is intended to shape the growth of this cloud-based database, which gives engineers and designers instant access to accurate data on a vast array of metals, plastics, and composites for use with CAE applications.
“We are delighted to welcome industry leaders such as Nikola Motors and the National Institute for Aviation Research to the consortium,” stated Stephanie Buckner, senior vice president of customer engagement and corporate development, Altair. “Members will play a central role in driving AMDC, maximising its value to engineers and designers as they pursue new engineering challenges.”
Consortium members will share real-world experiences and best practices, working to ensure the AMDC roadmap reflects the needs of its customer base. By enhancing the breadth and scale of the AMDC, the consortium is expected to make a valuable contribution to an asset that serves global engineering and manufacturing communities.
In addition to providing strategic guidance, organisations serving on the consortium’s steering committee will have early access to the latest software and innovations from Altair.
“The foundation of predictable CAE structural simulations lays in the proper definition of standardised building block testing procedures for material characterisation and processing the experimental data into verified and validated CAE material cards,” added Dr Gerardo Olivares, Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research. “NIAR’s Advanced Virtual Engineering and Testing research group is proud to be a steering committee member of Altair’s Material Data Center consortium.”