Digital modelling of composites

Hexagon and Sumika Polymer Compounds Europe, part of Japanese chemical company Sumitomo, have partnered to digitise the performance of a range of fiber composite materials.

This includes Sumika’s short glass fiber polypropylene (PP) Thermofil HP and recycled polypropylene (GF-rPP) Thermofil Circle compounds, the company said.

As part of the agreement, Hexagon has carried out a testing and physical validation program with to produce multi-scale behavioural models of the materials. Each model simulates their mechanical and environmental performance throughout a component’s lifecycle, according to Hexagon.

“Limited material behaviour data is a barrier to sustainable eMobility innovations because automotive engineering teams have not been able to put new materials through the rigorous virtual durability and safety tests required for automotive endorsement,” said Guillaume Boisot, manager at Hexagon.