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COMPOSELECTOR Report Summary

Project ID: 721105
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - COMPOSELECTOR (Multi-scale Composite Material Selection Platform with a Seamless Integration of Material Models and Multidisciplinary Design Framework.)

Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The mission of H2020 COMPOSELECTOR project is to develop a Business Decision Support System (BDSS) to support the complex decision process involved in the selection and design of polymer-matrix composites (PMCs). This will be achieved by means of an open integration platform which enables interoperability and information management of materials models and data and connects a rich ‘materials modelling layer’ with industry standard business process models. The delivered product of the project is a software system for the reliable selection of composite materials considering multi-scale and multi-field coupled interactions. The pre-existing commercial software tools will represent the starting point for the implementation. The pre-existing software codes will be further developed and integrated during the project with the objective to obtain a mature software system that can be used in an operational context. The project is industry driven thanks to the significant involvement of the industrial partners. As a consequence, the project will be led by specific industrial needs. This guarantees a stable foundation and reduces the risk of the development activities. It also ensures cost effectiveness because the project will maximally use pre-existing technologies. The existing software tools will be further developed and integrated in this project. Although these tools are mature, they are extremely complex products. However, the objective at the end of the project is to obtain mature software platform commercially exploitable.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Elementary material model have been implemented following the targeted user cases such that later couplings will rely on individual models validated on a set of common data. A strategy for linking atomistic and mesoscopic models has been proposed and is currently under development. The hierarchical approach to link mesoscale and continuum models is under elaboration. The interaction between the numerical simulation and the business process is underway. The analysis of the requirements for the integration between the MuPIF platform and the business process BeePMN platform was accomplished. The developed modelling workflows in MuPIF are software components defining documented interfaces enabling to set input parameters, execute workflows and query outputs, thus allowing integration into other integration platforms including Pipeline Pilot, Knime, which in addition provide python interface. The developed BDSS integrates materials modelling, business tools and databases by following a well-defined ISO standard business process format (OMG BPMN 2.0.1). The use of a standard representation (ISO standard ISO/IEC 19510:2013) and the DMN for business processes will make possible the decision-making strategy across the different sectors of the company. Three case studies have been chosen to impart a better and broader application of the BDSS and the methods as outlined in the project description. The first example describes the problem of selecting materials and manufacturing process for a fuselage frame; the second example is related to materials selection and design of composite leaf-spring and the third example is a tire with a fixed carcass. Theses business cases proposed by industrial partners (end-users) will permit to assess a judicious level of modelling complexity and recommend efficient simulation procedures, which should be as transparent and lean as possible for end-users.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The main innovation relies on the integration of material and process modeling in business decision system that takes into account: (i) the complexity of composite materials and (ii) the level of industrial expectation through the different end-users and their special requirements inherent to their respective field (KPIs). All this parameters will be considered to produce an adapted-to-end-users procedure, which maximizes the effectiveness of the material integration in the selection process chain and offers to the industrial world a powerful tool to optimize its productivity.

We are sure that the proposed approach, which is really new with respect to the usual rules of design and decision-making, will be able to produce innovative technical solutions in the domains specified above. More precisely, this project will contribute to: i) Creating a unified software platform for material selection, ii) Enabling the design of high performance materials and products, iii) Balancing among performances, manufacturing as well as economic and life cycle aspects, iv) Achieving design process timetable compression i.e. economic competitiveness, v) Resolving discrepancies between dedicated analysis tools for better software integration and overcoming difficulties in using stand-alone packages with complex material selection tools, vi) Improving management of data and data warehouses and vii) assists the user beyond the cognitive limits arising from the human when dealing with information acquisition, processing and management.

The market-oriented character of this proposal is justified by the fact that software developers involved in this project can base their work on their mature analysis platform for advanced multi-scale and multi-physic analyses, including pre- and post-processing and interfaces with other commercial codes. Therefore, the economic impact of the project is expected to be considerable such as: i) reduction of company costs and increased performance and commercial impact based on effective materials models driven business decisions: ii) guidance to companies in developing their strategies with an effective, user friendly materials models driven business decision system, iii) increased industrial use of existing materials knowledge and effective materials models iv) improved trust of industrial decision makers in materials modeling and their commercial advantage and v) essential company savings in time and money, especially via the elimination of the need for (some) plant trials. These all will lead to a substantial gain of time, shortening the design and pre-production of composite structures and decreasing the time/cost-to-market and therefore increase the competitiveness of the European industries.

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