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Service Bulletin: New Features in Matereality v10 June 16, 2016

Data Import | CAE Materials and CAD Interoperability | Roles Management and Dashboards | Extended Authorship Layer

Data Import

In Matereality Version 10 (V10), there are a number of new methods for loading information into the system. Matereality makes it incredibly simple to collect your data by copying and pasting from a spreadsheet format.

Materials List Import Data authors only

From the Material Grid, you may define a list of materials in the system either by filling out the spreadsheet manually, or by copying data and pasting from Excel.

Import materials list
Figure 1: Import a list of materials.

Specifications List Import Enterprise customers only

From the Specifications library, you may define a list of specifications in the system either by filling out the spreadsheet manually, or by copying data and pasting from Excel.

Import specifications list
Figure 2: Import a list of specifications.

Simple Mapping of Materials to Specifications Enterprise customers only

V10 includes a simple tool to assign existing materials to existing specifications in your database. From the Specifications library, you can bring up a list of existing specifications, and then list the names of existing materials you would like to attach to the specifications.

Assign materials to specifications
Figure 3: Easily attach materials to specifications.

Simple Loader Data authors only

The Simple Loader app is a new tool in V10 which allows data authors to utilize the MIRO design engine to create import templates for loading single-point data into the database. Download Excel templates to your local computer, organize your data to match the format provided in the desired template, and then copy and paste your data into the Simple Loader and save it to your Properties library.

Simple Loader app
Figure 4: Simple Loader for single-point data.

CAE Materials and CAD Interoperability

V10 provides a clear process for integration with CAD and CAE. The goal is to use Matereality as a materials core in order to distribute information to the rest of your software, using consistent material names and specification names to classify materials and CAE material files across all software platforms.

Process Workflow for Simulation

The following figure illustrates a workflow in support of the simulation activities of an enterprise. Materials information for simulation comes either as material properties or as finished CAE material files (material cards, material model files) that are ready to input to simulation. You can easily upload existing material model files to the CAE Materials library, and catalog them to materials stored in the Materials library. These files can be deployed to target solvers or generalized pre-processors such as ANSA and HyperWorks from tools in the CAE Materials Grid app.

Process workflow for CAE materials
Figure 5: Process workflow for CAE materials.

In a similar way, you can upload material properties using the Simple Loader app for single-point properties, or the more generalized Data Loader app for curve and multi-variate data. These data are cataloged to materials and stored in the Properties library. You can use CAE Modeler software to create material cards for the supported commonly used solvers. These include hyperelastic models, rate-dependent, thermo-mechanical, and viscoelastic material models. Store material files created by the CAE Modelers in the CAE Materials library, and deploy them to simulation as explained previously. You can directly deploy simple linear models to simulation using the Linear CAE app. If you should need to convert parameters of exotic material models that are not handled by CAE Modeler, you can now export a standard output to Excel with a single click, where you may use your own custom macros to perform the necessary transformations. You can then upload the resulting CAE material file to the CAE Materials library.

With this workflow, a unified process is created to handle material inputs to simulation with good cataloging and process control.

Process Workflow for CAD and Linear CAE Applications

Matereality stores material definitions and associated specification information for use in CATiA and NX CAD software. The same terminology is used when exporting CAE material files to your solvers.

Process workflow for PLM
Figure 6: Unified terminology between applications.

Use the Linear CAE app to export all applicable material data for use in CATiA or NX software.

Export linear CAE data
Figure 7: Linear CAE data table and export.

New CAE Modelers

V10 includes a new CAE Modeler framework with an updated codebase, which speeds up model conversion and allows for more complex adjustments when creating a CAE material file. We have added support for LS-DYNA MAT_089 and MAT_019, as well as RADIOSS LAW 36. With the updated grapher, CAE engineers now have the ability to extrapolate curve data by clicking and dragging data points in the model to move them.

New CAE Modeler for RADIOSS
Figure 8: New CAE Modeler for RADIOSS

CAE Data Export for Custom Scripting

The CAE Data Export feature allows CAE engineers to utilize the MIRO design engine to extract CAE-centric property data from their data library in order to manually create CAE material files. The predefined templates return only materials that contain property data specific to the desired model type. You can then use your own code to perform the necessary conversions, then upload the formatted model to Matereality, linking it to the source data that was extracted using the MIRO template. This feature allows you to create CAE material files for your enterprise, using models that might not be supported by Matereality.

Export CAE data
Figure 9: Export CAE data for custom modeling.

Roles Management and Dashboards Enterprise customers only

Role-Based App View

From the Manage Users app, administrators can create new service plans and assign them to users in your enterprise. In the Service Plan definer, administrators can turn apps on or off by selecting them from a list.

Role-based app view - Admin home page
Figure 10: Matereality home page for Admin role.

Administrators can add, remove, and reorder any of the apps that can appear on the home page with the new App Manager app.

App Manager
Figure 11: App Manager for available dashboard apps.

Custom Dashboards

From the Service Plan definer, administrators can assign a custom dashboard to all users in that service plan. These dashboards can be created internally and uploaded to the server in order to be assigned to a service plan. Write instructions or create links to specific areas of the software that are pertinent to all users with a specified service plan.

Service Plan Definer
Figure 12: Assign dashboards to service plans.

Extended Authorship Layer Enterprise customers only

Authoring Test Methods

System administrators may now add rich text documentation to the test methods defined in the database. Provide robust explanations and requirements for your test methods to be recorded under the traceability information for each dataset tested to the standard.

Author Test Methods
Figure 13: Add documentation to test methods.

Authoring Internal Technical Documentation

The Documentation app contains detailed information about how to perform specific actions inside Matereality. Documents are categorized by the pertinent apps and are accessible for reference by any user in the system. System administrators can author documents specific to an internal process or workflow.

Author internal tech docs
Figure 14: Write process documentation for your enterprise.

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