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Technology Guide

pp 56-59

Materials simulation

  • Peter GumbschAffiliated withFraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
  • , Thomas GoetzAffiliated withFraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

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Abstract

Materials simulation enables us to look into the future of materials or components, for instance through reliability predictions or life cycle analysis. It allows components to be tested while they still only exist in the heads of their developers or at most on blueprints. And simulation makes it possible to impose load scenarios which ought not to occur at all in practice or which would be technically too difficult to imitate in a test field.