Researchers and analysts working with 3D image data (CT, micro-CT, FIB-SEM…) of complex materials face a number of challenges when attempting to reconstruct and obtain information from scans. One particular challenge involves being able to compute material properties (such as solid, flow and electrical properties) from scanned samples without having to use significant computational resources, or without combining multiple types of software.
At Simpleware, we have worked on creating software tools that make it easier for analysts and researchers to get more out of their image data, and provide a number of different methods for visualizing, processing and exporting data as models. To complement the ability to segment and compute statistics (pores, surface areas…) from image data in ScanIP and export FE/CFD models in +FE, our recently released Physics Modules offer a new solution for calculating the effective material properties of scanned samples.
The Physics Modules focus on calculating effective material properties using finite element-based homogenization techniques, and extend the robust multi-domain meshing algorithms we have developed for our software. There are three modules available:
- +SOLID for calculating effective stiffness tensor/elastic moduli of samples
- +FLOW for calculating the absolute permeability tensor of porous materials
- +LAPLACE for calculating the properties of materials whose physics is governed by the Laplace equation (such as electrical conductivity/permittivity, thermal conductivity, and molecular diffusivity)