SIMUFACT ESA


Simufact is a leading FEA based simulation solution for metal forming, welding and heat treatment. Simufact provides your manufacturing team with the ability to simulate the entire manufacturing process chain to optimize manufacturing processes, reduce costs and time-to-market, while improving product quality. With Simufact, your team can simulate operations starting from blanking, shearing of wires or billets, to multi-stage forming, punching, trimming, and heat treatment followed by joining operations, welding and structural analysis.

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TWO UNIQUE FIELDS OF APPLICATION

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Simufact Welding

Simufact Welding simulates complex welding processes that may involve multiple welding sequences and predicts post-welding distortion of components and considers phase transformations which occur during the process. With Simufact Welding, your manufacturing team quickly gains insight into properties of the weld seam and welding defects such as hot cracks, and cost effectively develops an optimal process prior to implementation. Simufact Welding provides accurate simulations for the following methods of joining:

  • Arc welding
  • Laser beam welding
  • Spot welding

Simufact Welding simulations predict welding distortion while the material models calculate phase proportions, material conditions, resulting local material properties, and other effects such as transformation-induced plasticity and transformation strains thus reducing machining and straightening costs.

Simufact Forming

Simufact Forming covers the complete spectrum of forming technologies and produces a realistic portrayal of the processes with a full 3D functionality and representation of all tools and parts. Simufact Forming provides accurate simulations by capturing key aspects that affect forming processes including:

  • Machine kinematics
  • Friction and contact between tools and forming parts
  • Self-contact of forming parts to predict folds
  • Plastic and rate dependent nonlinear material behavior of the workpiece, including temperature effects
  • Process thermodynamics such as initial heating conditions, temperature increase due to forming energy and friction

Multiple modules are available to address manufacturing processes of interest.

By coupling Simufact welding with Simufact forming, users can simulate a combination of various process chains with upstream and downstream welding processes. Easy data transfer allows not only consideration of the forming history, but also strength analysis of simulated welded seams.

The quick and cost-effective design of optimal manufacturing processes provides considerable economic benefits, such as:

  • Reduced number of expensive trial and error attempts in developing manufacturing processes
  • Decrease in expense for prototype manufacturing
  • Reduction of process development time and shorter time-to-market
  • Decreased material and energy consumption for experimental investigations
  • Reduction of manpower and resources required for experiments
  • Efficient feasibility studies leading to more competitive bids