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A cloud-based manufacturing simulation tools cooperative platform

News International-French

3 Oct 2014

Individuals in industrial associations, educational institutions and government organizations who are interested in composites have free 24/7 access to simulation tools through an online community with offices in the Purdue Research Park.

The Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB) is a cloud-based cooperative platform that hosts composites manufacturing simulation tools that can be accessed from the Internet through a Web browser. cdmHUB received its initial funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It became a tenant of Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette in 2014.

Johnathan Goodsell, assistant director of cdmHUB and visiting assistant professor in Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said the online platform is a place to convene the composites community and to direct the field toward key strategic issues to further advance the adoption and manufacture of composite materials.

He also said that cdmHUB hosts tools that range from simple ones that require only small amounts of computational cycles to those that require the power of supercomputing systems. It also hosts learning tools that teach the underlying principles upon which the tool is based and demonstrate the correct use and limitations of the tool.

cdmHUB's sponsors include Purdue University, Boeing, Cytec Engineering Materials, DARPA, Dassault Systemes, Henkel and Rolls-Royce. Goodsell said cdmHUB and Purdue University have similar missions.

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