Simpleware for Composite Materials Analysis

Robust image processing, analysis and model generation software

Simpleware software can be used for visualising, analysing and meshing the internal structures and features of composite material samples taken from sources including CT, micro-CT, and FIB-SEM.. Characterise composite microstructures and export robust multi-part models for Finite Element (FE) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Effective material properties can also be calculated from scanned samples using homogenisation techniques in Simpleware’s Physics modules +SOLID, +FLOW and +LAPLACE.

Visualise and Process Image Data

  • Visualise image data in 2D and 3D
  • Segment materials into regions of interest, including porous networks
  • Use watershed tools to segment particles
  • Generate animations

Measure Image Data and Obtain Statistics

  • Measure distances, angles (fracture dimensions...)
  • Compute statistics for regions of interest and models (volume, surface area, average greyscale, material properties, porosity...)
  • Use centreline statistics
  • Create user-defined statistics

Generate Meshes for FE and CFD

Segmented image data can be exported as robust, simulation-ready multi-domain meshes using proprietary algorithms for a wide range of physics-based simulations in all leading FE and CFD solvers.

  • Meshes feature conforming interfaces and shared nodes
  • Define FE contact pairs, node sets and shells
  • Define CFD boundary conditions
  • Assign material properties

Calculate Effective Material Properties

The fully integrated Simpleware Physics Modules enable calculation of effective material properties of scanned composite samples, including elastostatic properties (+SOLID), absolute permeability (+FLOW) and electrical conductivity/thermal conductivity, and molecular diffusivty (+LAPLACE).

  • Use full FE-based simulations with built-in solver or quick calculation of analytical bounds (+SOLID, +LAPLACE)
  • Reduce effects of boundary conditions
  • Visualise fields obtained from FE simulations
  • Export results as text and image files

Use Scripting to Automate Workflows

The software's functionality can be accessed using an integrated scripting interface, and through languages such as Python, Iron Python, C#, Java, Visual Basic and Boo. Macro recording and a log history converter can also be used to automate steps, while user-created plug-ins can be incorporated within the software to improve efficiency when processing image data.