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Simcenter 3D
Materials Engineering

Using homogenized material properties is not enough when considering new materials like foams and composites or new manufacturing techniques like additive manufacturing and automatic fiber placement. Simcenter™ 3D software , part of the Xcelerator™ portfolio, Siemens Digital Industries Software's comprehensive and integrated portfolio of software and services, helps you accelerate the material product development lifecycle by accurately accounting for microstructural details, defects and manufacturing-induced variations, as well as predict behavior in advanced materials.

It allows manufacturers to implement advanced materials into their designs and make their products lighter, stronger and more durable. Simcenter 3D provides a complete set of capabilities and digital workflows for multiscale modeling and simulation capabilities to help you identify behavior and root cause of failure in advanced materials, literally scaling up the material's microstructure. It is used by companies working with new materials to reduce development time and costs by virtually testing how behavior and then microstructure damage can lead to part failure and learning how controllable manufacturing conditions can lead to better performance.

Solution Benefits

Facilitating microstructural modeling and materials engineering

Supporting the modeling process for laminated composites

Powerful solvers

Open to leverage 3rd party solvers

​Providing a platform for multidisciplinary simulation

  • Reduce time and cost to market by simulating new material designs and eliminating bad iterations early in the development process

  • Optimize new material designs for the most cost-effective performance

  • Gain insight into how, when and why damage to the microstructure will occur and how it will affect the global part

  • Use new materials to achieve weight reduction targets while providing safe and durable structures

  • Learn how the manufacturing process will affect the material microstructure and overall performance of the part

  • Consider material variability and defects using high-fidelity simulation models


Advanced materials often behave in ways that are difficult to predict, resulting in more time and higher costs to bring new products to market. These materials are difficult to predict due to heterogeneity at the microstructural level. Simcenter 3D offers materials engineering solutions that can help predict the behavior of these materials at a microstructural level. Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering consists of a software platformA unique multiscale finite element (FE) method that extends the flexibility and robustness of the finite element method (FEM) down to the microstructural level, tightly coupling the part (macro) and material (micro) length scales. and naturally incorporate microstructural design variables into the design process; thus giving materials true degrees of freedom (DOF). Along with this multiscale technology, Simcenter 3D includes many features that help facilitate the process of microstructural modeling and materials engineering. It allows you to:

  • Zoom into material microstructure to gain important insights into material behavior, identify the root cause of failure, and see which damage mechanisms play the most significant roles in structural performance

  • Consider variability and manufacturing imperfections to maximize product reliability

  • Optimize material microstructure for the most cost-effective performance

  • Virtually create and test new and existing materials

From material design to component design, Simcenter 3D offers a powerful set of tools for modeling continuous fiber laminate composite structures. A seamless connection to the Fibersim™ portfolio makes it easy to transfer the initial composite design to Simcenter 3D. Next, the easy-to-use layering and laminate definition tools in Simcenter 3D allow you to quickly create 2D and 3D FE models representing your design and help you optimize and validate composite structures using your preferred solver .

In addition to modeling, Simcenter 3D contributes to validating your draping simulation and understanding how the fibers will be oriented in your piece.

At the microstructure level, the Simcenter 3D user interface allows you to easily generate a wide variety of custom microstructure models automatically. This includes automatically creating or importing microstructure geometries and meshes, creating and assigning material models to individual components and interfaces, quickly and easily setting up virtual material tests, coupling with optimization tools, and launching fully coupled simultaneous multiscale analysis. .

Simcenter 3D offers the industry's most comprehensive set of simulation capabilities for composite designs with faster, more efficient workflows to enable concurrent processing and broad analysis type coverage to support standard verification approaches. It allows you to also address niche solutions that are unique to composite simulation challenges such as durability and highly non-linear effects such as fabrication simulation or progressive damage through a variety of modeling approaches including stiffness reduction, elements, continuous damage models or automatic insertion of cracks or cohesive zone elements.

Simcenter 3D offers specific capabilities that are mandatory for successful composite development, from material design to complete component design.

Simcenter 3D provides powerful solvers for simulating the structural and manufacturing performance of parts made from laminated composite materials and for simulating models using advanced materials at the microstructural level.

The Simcenter Multimech™ platform is a non-linear finite element solver capable of bidirectionally coupled and multiscale analysis of parts, as well as simplified virtual testing of microstructural models of materials. Simcenter Multimech multiscale solution technology delivers unprecedented speed without sacrificing accuracy by combining two game-changing innovations – a new mathematical formulation and an adaptive multiscale algorithm. In addition, it is fully parallelized across central processing unit (CPU) threads and cores for even greater gains in performance. Simcenter Multimech can also be coupled with Simcenter Nastran® and Simcenter Samcef® software, as well as solversthird-party FE.

The use of Simcenter Samcef® software allows the user to simulate components made of composite materials. It not only facilitates classical linear and non-linear analysis, but can be used to predict manufacturing-induced defects as they grow, including intra- and interlaminate defects. This includes delamination and complex scenarios where both types of defects grow together in a fully coupled fashion. Other manufacturing-induced effects covered by this solver are part distortion, both during the additive manufacturing construction process and during the curing of thermosetting composites.

Take advantage of Simcenter 3D's unique and fast modeling and post-processing capabilities and use them in conjunction with investments in other popular FE solvers . Simcenter Multimech can run with Abaqus and Ansys solvers for fully coupled multiscale analysis. Other features such as dehomogenization, fiber orientation data mapping and defect insertion are also available.

You can also create laminated composite based FE models in Simcenter 3D for use with Simcenter Nastran, Abaqus, Ansys or MSC Nastran solvers. The results of these solvers can be read into Simcenter 3D for post-processing and evaluation of the results.

Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering solutions are part of a larger, multidisciplinary simulation environment, integrated with Simcenter 3D Engineering Desktop at the core for centralized pre/post processing for all Simcenter 3D solutions. This integrated environment helps you achieve faster computer-aided engineering (CAE) processes and simplify multidisciplinary simulations such as motion analysis and/or noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) analysis of composite components. You can also validate your structure's fatigue strength using Simcenter's 3D durability modules and validate your FE model with test results using correlation and model update tools.


Industry applications

Aerospace and Defense

Automotive and transport

Materials and chemicals


Consumer goods



Simcenter 3D supports applications across multiple industries where companies are investigating advanced materials to improve product performance and cost-effectiveness.

  • Nonlinear deformation and failure analysis of composite structures such as wing spars and fuselage ribs

  • Fully coupled and accurate submodeling and multiscale capabilities to analyze the overall aircraft and individual components

  • Facilitating the certification of advanced materials virtual materials

  • Simulate distortion from manufacturing processes such as additive manufacturing or curing

  • Structural performance of body and chassis components made from laminated composite materials

  • Noise, vibration and harshness analysis of composite materials for primary structures such as the chassis

  • Cure simulation for laminated composite components

  • Minimize the number of physical tests required to develop and certify new materials

  • Test materials virtually to better understand the microscale mechanisms that drive material performance and gain insights using simulation results that cannot be obtained through physical testing

  • Optimize materials to meet customer-specific performance requirements

  • Increase adoption of advanced materials by enabling material end users to leverage simulation in their product design process

  • Simulation of the manufacturing process of fiberglass composites for hulls

  • Analysis of bearings and delamination of bolts for composite joints

  • Durability and stiffness of heterogeneous packaging materials

  • Composite analysis for fiber-wound golf shafts, energy-absorbing protective gear, and other recreational applications

  • Thermal cracking, cycling and fatigue for electronic assemblies

  • Drop tests for handheld devices

  • Overcome problems in direct modeling of small micro and nanostructures

  • Analysis of composite risers  for oil and gas exploration

  • Burst pressure prediction of continuous fiber reinforced pipes and pressure vessels, including the effect of defects

  • Analysis of fiber reinforced wind turbine blades


Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering Standard




Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering Standard allows you to perform multiscale modeling and simulate advanced material failures directly in the Simcenter 3D environment. Using Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering, you can identify when, where, how and why a material can fail at the microstructural level and how this will affect the overall performance of the part.

Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering Standard comes with a complete set of tools to allow you to accurately model and simulate the performance of your advanced materials using true multiscale technology. Users can also leverage its capabilities in additive manufacturing workflows to account for the effect of microstructural features such as defects, metal grain morphologies and grain boundaries, as well as homogenization and optimization of lattice structures.




Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering Advanced allows you to perform multiscale modeling and simulate advanced material failures directly in the Simcenter 3D environment. This module builds on the features provided by Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering Standard and adds advanced features for automatic defect workflows and the ability to interface with CT scanning software.



Simcenter Multimech is an advanced non-linear finite element solver for material modeling capable of performing bi-directional coupled true multiscale analysis of parts as well as simplified virtual testing of microstructural models of materials. It powers the multiscale solutions available on the Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering platform and is also included as part of plugins for Ansys and Abaqus.



The Simcenter Multimech HPC Add-on increases the number of parallel threads /cores that the Simcenter Multimech solver can use for computation. The base solver supports up to two parallel threads /cores, and each HPC add-on module adds four additional parallel threads /cores that can be used.


Simcenter 3D Laminate Composites features easy-to-use layering and laminate definition tools that help you create and validate composite structure models. You can use Simcenter 3D Laminate Composites to prepare models for Simcenter Nastran, Simcenter Samcef, MSC Nastran, Ansys, Abaqus or LS-Dyna solvers. The laminated post report processes solver or resulting shell stresses to generate contour and tabular results, including envelopes of ply stresses, strains, and failure metrics under various load cases.



Module benefits:

  • Optimize the performance of advanced materials before a physical sample is built

  • Reduce the number of physical iterations required to test and certify new materials

  • Gain valuable insight into how microstructural behavior will affect part or system performance

  • Consider microstructural details including defects and manufacturing-induced variations in the design process

  • Optimize materials to meet customer-specific performance requirements

Main features:

  • Automatic microstructure generation tool to generate geometry and mesh from your microstructural models for a wide range of materials including continuous fiber, chopped fiber, particles, voids, fabrics (stacked), combinations of different inclusions, laminates and much more, as well as third-party tool import

  • Perform virtual testing of multiscale materials and dehomogenization simulations

  • Analytical homogenization methods for simpler analyzes

  • Post-processing of multiscale results, including simultaneous visualization of part and full field results of microstructural models

  • Reverse engineer material parameters: Enable multiscale modeling in Simcenter Nastran (401/402 solution). Simcenter Nastran

  • Up to two parallel threads /cores in Simcenter Multimech. High Performance Computing (HPC) add-on can be purchased, with each add-on allowing four additional parallel threads /cores in Simcenter Multimech

Module benefits:

  • Simplify the modeling process for defects and variations in material microstructures

  • Quickly convert CT scans of physical parts into microscale material models

  • Get results faster through high-performance computing

  • Design injection molded parts taking into account material microstructure and manufacturing-induced variations

Main features:

  • Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering Standard is a prerequisite

  • Injection molding interface data mapping tool allows simulation results of the manufacturing process (including Fibersim, Moldflow and
    Moldex3D) to be mapped onto a structural mesh

  • Interface with the VoxTex software used for the analysis of computerized X-ray microtomography images and their transformation into finite element models

  • Automatic defect entry workflows

  • Includes an HPC add-on for four additional parallel threads /cores in Simcenter Multimech. More HPC add-ons can be purchased

Module benefits:

  • Optimize the performance of advanced materials before a physical sample is built

  • Reduce the number of physical iterations required to test and certify new materials

  • Gain valuable insight into how microstructural behavior will affect part or system performance

  • Consider microstructural details including defects and manufacturing-induced variations in the design process

  • Optimize materials to meet customer-specific performance requirements

Main features:

  • Advanced nonlinear finite element solver, including mechanics (implicit quasi-static and explicit dynamic), thermal diffusion, and coupled thermomechanical analysis, with a rich library of material models and element types

  • Perform multiscale material virtual testing and dehomogenization simulations, using implicit or explicit FEA

  • In addition to standalone simulation jobs, Simcenter Multimech can be coupled with other FE solvers for simultaneous multiscale analysis, including Simcenter Nastran, Simcenter Samcef, Ansys and Abaqus

  • Progressive fault modeling features, including stiffness reduction, element exclusion, rolling damage, and a unique algorithm for automatic insertion of 2D/3D cracks or cohesive zones, with automatic correction of interpenetrating interface elements

  • Stochastic failure modeling through statistical distribution of failure parameters

  • Simulate curing and residual stresses induced at the microstructural level of the material

  • Up to two parallel threads /cores. HPC add-ons can be purchased, with each add-on allowing four additional parallel threads /cores

Module benefits:

  • Expands the number of parallel threads/cores used for computation so you can solve larger, more complex models faster

Main features:

  • Adds up to four parallel threads /cores for each add-on module

Benefícios do módulo:

  • Reduce laminate model creation time by choosing between zone-based modeling, layer-based modeling, or a mix of both approaches

  • Leverage Simcenter 3D's open solver architecture to perform state-of-the-art dynamic, nonlinear, and progressive failure and delamination simulations

Main features:

  • Define Laminates in 2D Meshes, 3D Meshes, or both

  • Keep your model up to date with the latest design using geometry associativity

  • Interact with computer-aided design (CAD)-based composite definitions from Fibersim, CATIA and others

  • Use standard Simcenter materials, or create layer materials from constituent fiber and matrix material properties, to simulate layers made of short fibers and woven particles, unidirectional and randomly oriented, and represent cores

  • Conveniently assign laminates and layers to your choice of geometry, meshes and/or elements

  • Improve finite element modeling accuracy by taking into account distorted fiber orientations

  • Post-processing tools allow you to quickly identify critical layers and load cases using classic and user-defined failure theories and create reports


Simcenter 3D Materials Engineering Advanced


Simcenter Multimech


Simcenter 3D Multimech HPC Add-on


Simcenter 3D Laminate Composites

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