VEXTEC is excited to be a sponsor at a Simulia Regional User Meeting (RUM) for the second year in a row. This year we will be at both the fe-safe User Group Meeting on October 19th and the Simulia Great Lakes Regional Meeting in Michigan on October 20th highlighting our VPS-MICRO® software. This meeting brings together users to share their knowledge and experience in advancing methods and technology for finite element analysis, multi-physics, process automation, design optimization and simulation management. Attending from VEXTEC and giving live software demonstrations will be Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President- Sales & Business Development and Mr. Michael Oja, Sales & Project Manager.
Archive for month: October, 2016
VEXTEC® will be presenting a paper at the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) 24th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, FL on October 18th. The paper, entitled “Reliability Improvement with Physics-Based Failure Analytics”, will be presented by Jim Carter and Paul Holland. The paper provides insights into VEXTEC’s Virtual Life Management® (VLM®) technology, presents case studies of actual VLM applications.
The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) was formed in 1992 to advance the maintenance, reliability and physical asset management industry and promote leaders in the field. SMRP’s Conference continues to be the premier maintenance and reliability event bring together the knowledge and experience of professionals, technicians, educators and executives from around the world.
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October 5, 2016 -The United States Air Force (USAF) recognizes that rising procurement cost and shrinking budgets require sustainment of existing aircraft. An improved life cycle management tool that helps inform sustainment decisions and extends remaining useful life of aircraft is essential for decreasing total ownership costs. To facilitate this effort, the USAF has awarded a new Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to VEXTEC to develop a software that can be used to predict the effect of corrosion on the lifetime assessment of airborne systems.
Quantification of corrosion damage is important to the management of the structural integrity of an airframe, and current corrosion damage modeling methods are expensive and provide only rough estimates of damage. Cracking due to corrosion is a complex problem that needs to integrate multiple physics-of-failure modes for accurate simulation of the damage state and better prediction of failure risk. VEXTEC’s Virtual Life Management® (VLM®) proprietary software is a multi-disciplinary, multi-scale systems engineering software in which failure models are developed for all of the important components in a system, such as an airframe. The result of this Phase II program will be an integrated computational software that combines state-of-the-art corrosion and structural integrity models, and demonstrates prediction of a corrosion-assisted failure on an aircraft component.
“VEXTEC is in an extraordinary position to develop a probabilistic corrosion assisted cracking tool capable of determining the locations and intervals for inspection of current aircraft along with improving the structural designs for future aircraft,” stated Dr. Animesh Dey, VEXTEC Chief Product Development Officer (CPDO). “VLM services and software have helped clients accelerate product development, reduce physical testing costs, improve product designs and material specification during development, and helped clients resolve field performance issues.”
It is envisioned that the software will be used to optimize inspection and maintenance of aging aircraft. It will also aid in the design of corrosion-tolerant structures. The capability will enhance the overall scope of VLM to become a general purpose, multi-disciplinary virtual design, analysis and inspection tool. VEXTEC will work closely with the USAF, in particular the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) managers in this Phase II. The collaboration will help to commercialize the technology being developed in Phase II via integration with ASIP sustainment practices.
VEXTEC’s Virtual Life Management (VLM) is a unique integration of engineering analysis, computational materials science and condition monitoring protected by seven patents. The VLM process helps companies predict and enhance the reliability and performance of critical components during design, testing, manufacturing and service. Since 2000, VEXTEC’s Virtual Twin® has provided predictive analytics prognostics and life extension for hundreds of different products. To learn more, visit www.vextec.com.