Physics Modules

Simpleware SOLID, FLOW and LAPLACE

Representing a set of fully integrated modules for ScanIP, Simpleware SOLID, FLOW and LAPLACE calculate effective material properties from image data using Finite Element-based homogenisation techniques. Quick-semi-analytical estimates or simulations in a built-in FE solver can be used to compute properties for samples (CT, micro-CT, FIB-SEM...). Calculate effective linear elastic properties in SOLID, absolute permeability in FLOW and electrical/thermal/molecular properties in LAPLACE. Choose from a range of boundary conditions and visualise and export your results.

Overview of the Physics Modules


Modules are available separately or as a bundle.

Simpleware SOLID Module Simpleware FLOW Module Simpleware LAPLACE Module
Calculates the effective stiffness tensor and individual elastic moduli of material samples. Perform numerical homogenisation with a built-in FE solver or derive quick semi-analytical estimates from segmented images. Calculates the absolute permeability tensor of samples of porous materials. Numerical homogenisation is performed using a built-in Stokes solver. Calculates the effective properties of materials whose behaviour is governed by the Laplace equation, including electrical conductivity/permittivity, thermal conductivity and molecular diffusivity. Perform numerical homogenisation with a built-in FE solver or derive quick semi-analytical estimates from segmented images.
  • Calculate effective stiffness tensor/elastic moduli
  • Full simulations with built-in FE solver
  • Model multiphase materials
  • Quick semi-analytical estimates
  • Visualise deformations, stress and strain
  • Assess isotropy/orthotropy levels
  • Calculate absolute permeability
  • Full simulations with built-in solver
  • Visualise velocities and pressures
  • Assess isotropy levels
  • Calculate effective electrical conductivity and permittivity
  • Calculate thermal conductivity
  • Calculate molecular diffusivity
  • Full simulations with built-in FE solver
  • Quick semi-analytical estimates
  • Visualise fields
  • Assess isotropy levels

Compare Features of the Physics Modules

Feature Simpleware SOLID Module Simpleware FLOW Module Simpleware LAPLACE Module
Generate High Quality Volume Meshes (Hex/Tet or All Tet)
Automated Greylevel based Material Property Assignment
   
Calculate Effective Elastic Properties
   
Calculate Absolute Permeability  
 
Calculate Effective Thermal and Electric Properties    
Visualise FE Simulation Results

New in Version 2016.09

Read the 2016.09 Release Blog 

 

1D and 2D Analysis

  • Output now tailored to 1D, 2D and 3D cases
  • Reduction in both memory usage and solving time required
  • Boundary conditions optimised for 1D and 2D cases
  • Sub-volume averaging only in the direction of analysis

Benefits

  • Homogenisation methods are robust and efficient
          - Simplify analysis of complex materials
  • Efficient simulations based on 3D scans
          - Rapidly calculate effective properties within ScanIP
  • Choose from wide range of predefined boundary conditions
          - Save time by working with standard settings
  • High-quality visualisation and animation of your data
          - Explore simulation results and share with colleagues
  • Scripting
          - Automate repeatable tasks and operations
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    Key Features

    • Calculate effective elastostatic properties (SOLID), absolute permeability (FLOW) and electrical conductivity/permittivity, thermal conductivity and molecular diffusivity (LAPLACE)
    • Choose between full finite element-based homogenisation and rapid calculation of analytical bounds (bounds available in SOLID and LAPLACE only)
    • Automatic calculation of best-fit isotropic (all modules), orthotropic (SOLID) and uniaxial (LAPLACE, FLOW) approximations to calculated effective tensors
    • Reduction of boundary effects by field averaging over model subvolumes
    • Automatic determination of the directions of models’ principal axes
    • Export of calculation results to text and VTK files