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Spanish technology centre is spreading its services of material card creation for commercial simulation codes under subcontracting, commercial agency and outsourcing agreement

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A Spanish research and development centre, specialized in solutions for transport and energy sectors, is looking to spread its material card creation services. Material cards for metals, plastics and composites able to be implemented in commercial finite element codes can be provided. Commercial agency and outsourcing agreement or subcontracting with companies, research centers or universities are sought.



An Spanish application-oriented research organization specialized in the development of technologies and solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers (TIER1) for transport and energy sectors is looking for further spreading its catalogue of technological services, specifically material card creation for simulation purposes.

Simulation-based design and development of components, as well as full products in transport and energy sectors, is becoming essential in order to shorten product development periods and detect errors at the first stage of product design, hence minimizing development costs and maximizing competitiveness in an always changing industrial environment. Nevertheless, this methodology can lead to wrong conclusions if the data that feed the simulation codes does not reach the necessary quality and accuracy levels.

To cover this market need, the specific technological solution offered is material card creation, including both development and its maintenance. Material cards are essentially datasets that gather and represent the mechanical behavior of a material. This material can be metallic, plastic or composite, as well as any variant of them such as foams, elastomers or fabrics.

The centre services encompass the whole value chain of the creation of material cards for simulation purposes, that is, experimental test, data processing with digital image correlation tools and creation and validation of the material card, thus ensuring trustworthiness and traceability of the resulting material card. Besides, close support and collaboration is provided to the customer for defining the technical requirements of the material card as well as validation criteria based on the final application of the material in a product or component.

The research centre counts with a dedicated research line focused on materials characterization and simulation, with more than a decade of experience in the field working with the some of the most important international OEM, TIER1 and material suppliers from transportation (mainly automotive and aeronautics) and energy sectors. The flexibility of the methodology developed allows creating both material cards for general purposes and tailor-made material cards for specific applications, considering dynamic behavior, temperature effects and/or failure.

The material cards created are able to describe the following material features for metallic,
plastic and composite materials for the main simulation codes used in industry and research
- Elasto-visco-plastic behavior
- Quasi-static and strain rate behavior (up to 1000 [1/s])
- Mechanical behavior under extreme temperature conditions (both cold and hot)
- Material damage and failure.
- Local phenomenon.
- Material behavior under different load cases: tensile, compression, biaxial, bending, shear,

The centre, motivated for spreading its services of material card creation for commercial simulation codes, is interested in developing commercial agency agreements, outsourcing agreements or subcontracting with industrial enterprises belonging to transportation and energy sectors, with the possibility of carrying out both testing and simulation activities depending on the partner needs in order to spreading its material card creation service. Nevertheless, research or academic institutions with specific needs on this field are also welcomed.

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The research and technological development centre’s activities cover every stage of product development, from the conception of new and disruptive ideas, characterization, selection and analysis of materials, simulation activities, processing, prototyping, manufacturing and pre-industrialization and validation of the developed products. This holistic approach allows the centre to generate knowledge always focusing on the industrial needs and manage its transference to the customers, so they can achieve their own goals and greater competitiveness in the market. Some of the innovations and advantages of the offered technological service (material card creation) are the following: - Possibility of creating material cards covering quasi-static and dynamic (strain rates up to 1000 [1/s]) material behavior at different temperatures including failure, tailored to the final application of the product in which the material card will be used. - Material card creation methodology created and tuned based on more than a decade of experience of the centre working in material characterization programs with some of the most important OEMs and TIER1 from transport and energy sectors. - Both experimental testing and simulation activities are (or can be) carried out by the centre, which guarantees full traceability of the material card and ensures a deep knowledge of the material behavior. - Experimental tests are post-analyzed by digital image correlation methodology, which allows obtaining information about local mechanical phenomenon that the materials can suffer during their service life. - Possibility of developing material cards for some of the main simulation codes used in the industry. All this features make the material cards provided suitable to be used in simulation based product design, whose advantages at industrial level are widely known: cost and time saving, faster product development, design errors detection at early stages of product development.

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Type: industry, research and development institutions and/or academia. Activity: equipment manufacturers (OEM) or suppliers (TIER1), belonging to the transport or energy sectors needing a material card provider for developing metallic, composite or plastic material characterizations, for simulation-based product development. Role: subcontracting or commercial agency agreements in which the partner defines the final application of the material card in order to properly define the requirements and will be in charge of defining the validation criteria of the material card. An outsourcing agreement is envisaged too, the services provided will be in terms of a turnkey solution.

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SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500