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MSC Software acquires composite material simulation leader e-Xstream

News International-French

18 Jan 2013

Combined with MSC’s simulation tools, e-Xstream’s technology allows material simulation to be carried throughout the engineering enterprise.

E-Xstream is the leader in advanced materials simulation used across industries to engineer innovative material systems and enable their optimal use to boost product performance. Its holistic offering uses nonlinear micro-mechanics to model a broad range of materials and physics, taking into account their manufacturing processes. e-Xstream’s Digimat™ product interfaces with most FEA structural analysis codes including MSC Nastran™, Marc™, Abaqus™ and ANSYS™. By employing material simulation, the testing required to validate advanced materials can be reduced to levels that allow the practical application of these materials in current designs.

Combined with MSC’s simulation tools, e-Xstream’s technology allows material simulation to be carried throughout the engineering enterprise to enable advanced failure prediction and the application of computed margins on structural component parts in situ. Instead of characterizing material margins to apply generically to the parts of a structural system, companies can design components with margins computed directly on the part accounting for design critical loads. The promise of advanced material systems can now be realized in practical engineering.

“e-Xstream is an extraordinary company and the joining of our organizations represents important new possibilities for our users,“ said Dominic Gallello, President & CEO of MSC Software. “Entering a new material into a product can cost manufacturers tens of millions in physical testing, which limits product possibilities. Our goal is to blur the boundary between material engineering and structural engineering, allowing for more pervasive use of advanced materials while helping manufacturers to dramatically reduce the cost of physical testing needed to validate a new material system.”

“We are delighted to join forces with MSC to boost our global reach and continue our leadership in the area of advanced materials and composite simulation for aerospace, automotive and many other innovative industries,” said Roger Assaker, Co-founder & CEO of e-Xstream. “We remain committed to our entrepreneurial high-tech culture to develop, deploy and support advanced material modeling solutions that help all our customers to engineer and use advanced materials with their designs using MSC’s or any other CAE solution.”

e-Xstream engineering uniqueness comes from its holistic approach to support multiple:

  • Materials: chopped fiber reinforced plastics or continuous fiber composites
  • Physics: mechanical, thermal and electric
  • Product performance: stiffness, strength, fatigue
  • Manufacturing technologies: injection, compression or draping
  • Material simulation technologies: Mean-Field or Finite Element

About e-Xstream engineering:
Founded in 2003 as a spin-off of université catholique de Louvain, e-Xstream engineering is a software & engineering services company 100% focused on the multi-scale modeling of composite materials & structures. We help our customers, material suppliers and material users across the industries (Auto, Aero), to reduce the cost and time needed to engineer innovative materials and products using Digimat, the nonlinear multi-scale material and structure modeling platform. The e-Xstream engineering corporate logo and Digimat logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of e-Xstream engineering SA.

About MSC Software
MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and the worldwide leader in multidiscipline simulation. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,100 professionals in 20 countries.

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