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VIRCAST software tool

A software tool, which allows to couple new models with existing software, is delivered to industrial partners of the project. The new models address hot tears prediction, as-cast microstructure modelling and homogenisation/precipitation physics. The coupling with existing commercial software is performed in the form of so-called weak coupling. The data used as input to the new models are usually 2D or 3D (two or three dimensional) simulation results such as temperature, fraction of solid, stress, etc. provided by the various software used by the industrial partners of the project.

The software-coupling concept is based on:
- A specific binary file format. This specific file format ensures the compatibility between the different commercial software used by the VIRCAST partners and the new models;

- Converting functions which link result files produced by existing commercial software with input files for the new models;

- Reading/writing functions, which link the new models with their input and output ascci files.

The software:
- Allows direct visualization of 2D or 3D macro results provided by the various software used by the industrial partners of the project.

- Accepts as input data various formats, process the data using the models developed in the other workpackages, and output the results in specific formats;

- Allows direct visualization of hot-tearing prediction maps and as-cast microstructures.

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Reported by

Calcom SA
Parc Scientifique EPFL/PSE-A
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