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VEXTEC will be presenting at the Department of Defense (DoD) Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference in Birmingham, AL, August 7 – 10, 2017. VEXTEC’s presentation entitled, “Predictive Condition-Based Maintenance Software for Managing Corrosion Prevention on Naval Systems,” was selected for the technical program. This conference offers a collaborative environment better understand the impact of corrosion on DoD […]
VEXTEC® will be presenting at the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) 32nd Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas on November 29th, 2016. The presentation entitled, “Improved Life Cycle Management Tools for Prediction of Corrosion Damage of Airborne Systems” will be given by Michael Oja and will discuss how VEXTEC is developing a model that will address prediction […]
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 […]
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 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 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 […]
A couple of months ago, there was an anniversary that might not be very well-known: July 27, 1949. It is a date as momentous for air travel as it is for the advancement of the field of fatigue and fracture mechanics. On this date, the de Havilland Comet, the world’s first jet airliner designed and […]
While plenty of industries abhor corrosion and its consequences, another sector has welcomed it as a step in the healing process: medical devices. Devices have evolved over the decades to be less-intrusive during (and after) implantation. The bio-inert nature of titanium (along with its weight and strength characteristics) has made it the go-to material for […]
The topic of corrosion makes recurring appearances in the media; it seems that when you hear about one corrosion-related problem, invariably there will be others reported-on at around the same time. There has recently been a spate of articles confirming that corrosion is currently a headache to the oil and gas sector (undersea bolt failures), […]
August, 2016 – Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni (VP, Sales & Business Development) and Dr. Robert Tryon (CTO) from VEXTEC Corporation will be presenting at the 2016 Global Finite Element Analysis (FEA) meeting for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (TSS) to be held in Boston, MA on September 15. The presentation will discuss the “Implementation of ‘Integrated Computational Materials Engineering’ […]
August 30, 2016 -Dr. Robert Tryon, CTO of VEXTEC, will be presenting at the eleventh biennial International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials which will be held in Hyannis, Massachusetts beginning September 18th through the 23rd. This conference will bring together delegates from around the world to discuss how to characterize, predict, and analyze […]
July 20, 2016-VEXTEC is proud to participate in the Wright Dialogue With Industry Day in Dayton, OH this week. VEXTEC’s uncertainty management technology will be presented in a poster as apart of the Digital Thread discussion.
July 18, 2016, Brentwood, TN – The Naval Air Warfighter Center, Aircraft Division, has contracted with VEXTEC Corporation to demonstrate the feasibility of using integrated computational material engineering (ICME) software tools to greatly decrease the time and money needed to certify an Additive Manufactured (AM) component for structural application. AM is the process of taking […]
Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, VP of Sales & Business Development, will be attending and presenting at the Verification & Validation (V&V) Symposium 2016 in Las Vegas this week. This unique event will bring together engineers and scientists from all disciplines that use computational modeling and simulation to discuss and exchange ideas and methods for verification of […]
Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, VP of Sales and Business Development will be a featured speaker at this year’s Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis, MN, April 1 1-14, 2016. Dr. Kulkarni’s presentation titled, “Computational Durability Software as a Medical Device Development Tool (MDDT)” will be presented on Tuesday, April 12, 2:00-3:30. VEXTEC has been working […]
VEXTEC is pleased to announce that a demonstration is now available on our website of the proprietary software VPS-MICRO. VPS-MICRO is a patented software used for material model development and VLM predictions. VEXTEC’s VLM technology is a computational framework that accurately accounts for a material’s reaction to the stress imparted upon it, its variability and […]
VEXTEC is once again attending and presenting at the Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Grapevine, Texas, March 21 – 24, 2016. While attending the conference, Dr. Robert Tryon, VEXTEC CTO, will be giving a presentation titled, “Improved Life Cycle Management of Corroded Structures” on Wednesday, March 23rd at […]
VEXTEC is excited to be attending and presenting at the inaugural year for the Propulsion Safety & Sustainment Conference in Grapevine, Texas, March 21 – 24, 2016. Dr. Animesh Dey, VEXTEC’s Chief Product Development Officer, will be presenting, “Fleet Management Software to Predict Future Maintenance Needs” at 3:30 on Wednesday, March 23. A full agenda […]
March 2, 2016, by: Sanjeev Kulkarni, PhD–One realizes that they are in Nashville when the largest convention complex is called Music City Center, is humongous (12 million square feet) and has the shape of a guitar. And you know are at the TMS when all everyone is talking about is Metals and Materials – and […]
Jan, 2016 — VEXTEC is excited to announce that we will be attending the 145th Annual TMS 2016 in our hometown of Nashville, TN at the Music City Center. VEXTEC will be exhibiting Feb. 15 – 17th in the exhibit hall at booth #534. We also have three presentations scheduled: Tuesday, Feb. 16th 4:40 p.m., […]
Author: Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President Sales and Business Development. Last week, I was at the 2015 SIMULIA West Regional User Meeting held at the historic Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA! VEXTEC was one of the sponsors of the event and is a partner of the Advanced Integration Program. It was the 20th anniversary […]
We are seeking enthusiastic, hard working, self motivated graduates to be a part of our engineering analysis team. For the Analytical Engineer I Position, qualified candidates will have the following skills: B.S. in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, BME, Material Science degrees are preferred) Familiarity and experience with engineering simulation tools (FEA) Excellent analytical and problem solving […]
VEXTEC® receives Phase II SBIR Award from United States Air Force (USAF) to develop realistic and physics based fracture mechanics methodology. The benefit of such an approach over the traditional linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) is a significant reduction in errors and uncertainty in the life predictions which result in unreliability or excessively conservatism for […]
October 29, 2015 — VEXTEC Corporation is a Sponsor for the SIMULIA Regional Users Meeting and Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President of Sales & Business Development, will be presenting, “Computational Modeling of Complex Systems using ‘Digital Twin’ and ‘Digital Thread’ Frameworks: Uncertainty Management and Asset Optimization.”
VEXTEC Corporation was awarded the prime contract from the US Navy to build software, Corrosion Cracking Maintenance Prediction Software (CCMPS), that predicts the future maintenance needs for aluminum (5000 series) ship structures, based on current damage state and expected usage (ONR-BAA14-003). Team members include researchers from the University of Virginia (UVa) Center for Electrochemical Science and […]
The development of new corrosion resistant designs is essential to build, maintain, and sustain the United States Air Force (USAF) fleet well through the twenty-first century. Current aerospace designs which include extensive use of light-weight, high strength aluminum alloys are highly susceptible to the effects of corrosion making this of great importance to the USAF. […]
Brentwood, TN May 15, 2015 – Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President of Sales & Business Development of VEXTEC Corporation, will be presenting VEXTEC’s computational software for predicting the durability of pacemaker leads at the BMES/FDA “Frontiers of Medical Devices Conference: Innovations in Modeling and Simulation” in Washington, DC. The conference, which runs from May 18 […]
May, 2015 — Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President of Sales & Business Development of VEXTEC Corporation, will be presenting at the Biomedical Engineering Society and the US Food and Drug Administration’s Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference, located in Washington, DC, May 18 – 20, 2015.
May, 2015 — Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President of Sales & Business Development of VEXTEC Corporation, will be presenting at the fourth annual ASME Verification & Validation Symposium in Las Vegas, NV on May 15, 2015. The symposium, which runs from May 13 – 15, 2015, is entirely dedicated to verification, validation and uncertainty quantification (VVUQ) of […]
Brentwood, TN May 7, 2015 – Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President of Sales & Business Development of VEXTEC Corporation, will be presenting at the fourth annual ASME Verification & Validation Symposium in Las Vegas, NV on May 15, 2015. The symposium, which runs from May 13 – 15, 2015, is entirely dedicated to verification, validation […]
April, 2015 — Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President of Sales & Business Development of VEXTEC Corporation, will be presenting at the 2015 Design of Medical Devices Conference on April 15, 2015. The conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota April 13 – 16.
Brentwood, TN, April 10, 2015 – Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Vice President of Sales & Business Development of VEXTEC Corporation, will be presenting at the 2015 Design of Medical Devices Conference on April 15, 2015. The conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota April 13 – 16. Representatives from world-class medical device designers, researchers, manufacturers, and the […]
April 1, 2015, Brentwood, TN-The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will evaluate VEXTEC’s Virtual Life Management (VLM®) for certification as a Medical Device Development Tool (MDDT). The goal of the MDDT pilot program is to assess and refine the qualification process for tools used to develop and evaluate medical devices. The pilot program is limited […]
Brentwood, TN, March 20, 2015 – VEXTEC Corporation co-founder Robert Tryon will be making two presentations at the 2015 Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment (AA&S) Conference. The conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland March 30 – April 2. Representatives from the Air Force, Navy, NASA, Federal Aviation Administration and industry will be in attendance. The […]
March, 2015–VEXTEC Corporation co-founder Robert Tryon will be making two presentations at the 2015 Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment (AA&S) Conference. The conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland March 30 – April 2. Representatives from the Air Force, Navy, NASA, Federal Aviation Administration and industry will be in attendance.
“Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret”-Ralph Waldo Emerson. Perhaps this was the goal of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in June when he returned from his economic development trip to Asia unwilling to share details with the public. Soon after his departure, a flurry of news reports and blogs surfaced wanting to know why […]
VEXTEC’s Vice President of Business Development, Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni is an invited speaker at the ASME Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum 2014, August 17-20, 2014 at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, NY. He will be presenting a talk entitled “Medical Devices & Life Sciences: Innovative Medical Device Prototyping – 3D Printing and Biocompatibility”. […]
In a 2006 Nielsen study1, auto industry manufacturing executives reported that stopped production costs averaged $22,000 per minute or $1.3 million per hour of downtime. When surveyed, 53% of the manufacturers agreed that predictive and preventative maintenance was the key to reducing this loss of productivity and revenue. So, what is the best practice for […]
The intersection of engineering fields yields a fertile breeding ground for new ideas. The combination of previously separate concepts lies at the heart of creativity and novelty. An increasing amount of these technological breakthroughs generate innovations with commercial potential.
Oct. 18, 2014 – BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is launching the Medical Devices Special Interest Group (SIG). VEXTEC’s Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni, has been invited to participate in the inaugural SIG planning meeting to be held on October 23rd at the BMES Annual Meeting in San […]
Oct. 16, 2014 – BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — On October 21 and 22, ASME’s V&V 40 Standard sub-committee will meet to finalize the “Verification and Validation of Computational Modeling of Medical Devices” standard. VEXTEC’s Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni will be in attendance. Click here to read the full article
Oct. 6, 2014 – BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — VEXTEC’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Robert Tryon and Chief Product Development Office, Dr. Animesh Dey, will be attending the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference, October 9 – 10 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year the auto industry recalled close to a third more vehicles in the U.S. (22 million) than it sold (just over 15 million). Recalls were up by a staggering 25 percent during 2013, which is the industry’s highest rate since 2004. It is no shock that […]
VEXTEC Vice-President Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni made a presentation at the Medical Device Innovation Consortium’s (MDIC) first modeling and simulation summit in Washington, D.C. The presentation was titled “Computational Modeling of Medical Devices Using Virtual Life Management.”
July 08, 2014 – Brentwood, TN — VEXTEC Vice-President Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni made a presentation at the Medical Device Innovation Consortium’s (MDIC) first modeling and simulation summit in Washington, D.C. The presentation was titled “Computational Modeling of Medical Devices Using Virtual Life Management.”
June 13, 2014 – Brentwood, TN — The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded a fourth contract to VEXTEC Corporation to help improve helicopter durability. Gearbox durability is an important part of helicopter safety and reliability.
Inclusion of computational materials engineering into currently established integrated product development processes increase the competitiveness of any manufacturer that chooses to implement it. Published in Gear Solutions Magazine
Jan. 11, 2014 – BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — VEXTEC recently received funding from the Office of Naval Research to continue work on “Corrosion Resistant Naval Alloys: Innovative Multi-Scale Computational Modeling & Simulation Tools.” This multi-year, $800,000 contract supports the Sea-Based Aviation National Naval Responsibility program.
Brentwood, TN, August 28, 2013: A recent TV commercial on medical implants caught my attention. While touting the benefits of extensive laboratory testing, the fine print said that “…results of the testing have not been proven to predict clinical wear performance…” How true. Laboratory testing is rarely indicative of true wear and does not predict actual […]
Aug. 22, 2013 – Brentwood, TN — VEXTEC ‘s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Robert Tryon, andDr. Animesh Dey, VEXTEC’s Chief Product Development Officer, will be making threepresentations at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) First Annual Conference on Frontiers in Medical Devices: Applications of Computer Modeling and Simulation, in Washington, D.C. September 11-13, 2013.
August, 20, 2013-VEXTEC ‘s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Robert Tryon, and Dr. Animesh Dey, VEXTEC’s Chief Product Development Officer, will be making three presentations at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) First Annual Conference on Frontiers in Medical Devices: Applications of Computer Modeling and Simulation, in Washington, D.C. September 11-13, 2013.
In the race to get products to market, does risk-mitigation get enough time in the winner’s circle? What do aerospace, medical device manufacturers, and auto racing all have in common? Answer: the need to minimize risk of premature/unexpected component failure while crossing the finish line first. While these industries each have vastly different stakeholders, goals, […]
Over the last few weeks, VEXTEC has explored the two main philosophies of modern structural design: safe life design and damage tolerant design. Today we share with you a summary of these methods, including their benefits and limitations. We will also look at other considerations that are commonly encountered when implementing either method in a […]
The damage tolerance approach to design has been employed by the aerospace industry for decades. In contrast to the safe life design method, damage tolerance explicitly accounts the fatigue crack growth process. This design approach takes advantage of the portion of service life a component can have with a growing fatigue crack. Crack inspection, detection […]
The philosophy of safe life design is the preferred method for designing components for durable operation in the automotive industry. Under this method, the structure is operated at a stress far below the fatigue strength of the component. By doing this, the designer assumes that the structure will not form a detectable crack during its […]
Note: This post is the first in a series of blogs exploring industry-recognized structural design principles. This material originated in an internal white paper written by Dr. Robert Tryon, Chief Technology Officer at VEXTEC. In the world of structural design, there are two main analytical techniques that are currently employed when attempting to predict the […]
The hottest word currently being spoken in offices and around dinner tables in the US is “sequestration.” Not since the seminal juror movie 12 Angry Men has the word enjoyed such buzz. While there are many ongoing debates concerning the political ramifications of this government budget-reduction action (that went into effect on March 1), today […]
U.S. Patent Office again confirms company’s powerful simulation technology remains unrivaled in its ability as a design tool to predict long term product reliability Brentwood, TN, November 15, 2012 – The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently awarded VEXTEC Corporation its sixth and seventh patents protecting the intellectual property upon which the company’s Virtual Life simulation technology is built. […]
Nov. 1, 2012 – Brentwood, TN — Today’s manufacturing companies face a significant challenge as they work to balance the demands of the marketplace for better performing products against the need to bring new products to market faster, cheaper, and with greater reliability than ever before.
Today’s manufacturing companies face a significant challenge as they work to balance the demands of the marketplace for better performing products against the need to bring new products to market faster, cheaper, and with greater reliability than ever before.
Posted by: WindPowerEngineering.com By: Steven Bushong With larger, more powerful turbines coming online, requirements for pitch control are increasing. Experts say the wind-power industry is also beginning to adopt aerospace test technology, the same kind used to vet airplane designs, to simulate loads on wind turbine blades before installation.
Posted by: MyCarForum.com Volkswagen has officially apologized for problems caused by its DSG gearboxes, in China. The German automaker acknowledges the issues related to the DQ200 7-speed dual dry clutch transmission and agreed to extend the warranty for these gearboxes to an unprecedented 10 years and 160,000km.
Posted by: ABCnews.com Author: Lee Ferran Counterfeit electronic parts from China are “flooding” into critical U.S. military systems, including special operations helicopters and surveillance planes, and are putting the nation’s troops at risk, according to a new U.S. Senate committee report.
Posted by: AviationToday.com / Rotor & Wing Edition By Andrew Parker, Editor-in-Chief Heads of the world’s major helicopter manufacturers said that technological innovation, R&D spending, collaboration and affordable designs are paramount to the future success of the rotorcraft industry during last week’s AHS Forum 68 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Posted by: EETimes.com Author: Arvind Shanmugavel The design and implementation process for integrated circuits (ICs) has been honed and perfected for decades by the design and the electronic design automation (EDA) community. However, the reliability verification process has been slow to catch up, especially due to the complex nature of failure mechanisms.
Posted by: Smartplanet.com By: Joe McKendrick A new report in The Economist calls the increasing digitization seen in manufacturing with technologies such as 3D printing the dawn of the “Third Industrial Revolution.”
Profiled with Alcoa, Amazon and Goodyear Excerpt from “Making the World Work Better” Predictive models are also emerging as powerful tools to anticipate breakage. Manufacturers dole out tens of billions of dollars in warranty payments a year.[i][i] Knowing when and how a product will fail would not only save money but also improve the safety […]
Management was one of the elements that recently led Forbes magazine to name VEXTEC (see sidebar) the most promising company in America.
Brentwood, TN, October 7, 2010 – The U.S. Army announced the awarding of its Extended Support Program contract to VEXTEC Corporation to evaluate the viability of a “cold spray” repair process technology for critical helicopter components.
Published in Machine Design Magazine
U.S. Patent Office confirms company’s powerful simulation technology remains unrivalled in its ability to predict long term durability and costs. Brentwood, TN, January 6, 2010 – The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently awarded VEXTEC Corporation its third patent protecting the intellectual property upon which the company’s Virtual Life Technology is built.
Firm is selected from thousands of US-based companies for the quality of its management, technology, and opportunity. Brentwood, TN, September 16, 2009 – After months of sifting through the financials, business and technology descriptions for thousands of companies from all over the country, the results are finally in: Forbes magazine has named VEXTEC America’s Most Promising Company.
Oil and Gas Innovation Center selects Virtual Life Management as one of the most promising technologies. Brentwood, TN, July 29, 2009 – The Oil and Gas Innovation Center has selected VEXTEC’s Virtual Life Management (VLM) Service as one of the most promising new crossover technologies for the Energy Industry. The O&G Innovation Center is a valuable […]
Greener designs, improved fuel consumption, and reduced operating costs are among the long-term targets of firm’s predictive technology. Brentwood, TN, July 1, 2009 – Soaring operating costs, driven by fuel price surges and ballooning maintenance budgets for older fleets, are problems the Air Force knows all too well. But they are determined to find innovative ways […]
Firm’s powerful simulation technology will bring maintenance schedules into line with the demands of real-life mission profiles. Brentwood, TN, June 11, 2009 – During wartime, the actual missions flown by DoD aircraft are substantially different from the “standard” mission profiles the aircraft were designed for. And that’s a problem because, when the routine maintenance and part replacement […]
Company’s unique simulation technology to drive cost-benefit impact decision making. Brentwood, TN, May 06, 2009 – The U.S. Army has tasked VEXTEC with building a cost simulator for evaluation of “what-if” scenarios to be used as a basis for future design decisions. The simulator will be provided to the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Experimentation & Assessment (HEVEA) […]
Company’s powerful new simulation technology will enable better cost-management of airframes. Brentwood, TN, April 14, 2009 – In concert with the Air Force Structural Integrity Program (ASIP), VEXTEC has been funded to demonstrate how its recently developed Fleet Trade Study Simulator can better enable the Air Force to continue to achieve high mission capable rates and […]
Firm’s versatile modeling technology to build on sensor state of the art to enable better vehicle and cost management. Brentwood, TN, March 19, 2009 – DARPA’s vision for the armed forces of the future includes using high tech sensors coupled with advanced modeling to know exactly when aircraft or military systems need to be brought in […]