USU Spinout Company Holds the Key to Future of Modeling Composite Materials
AnalySwift™, a Utah State University spinout company created surrounding university-developed technology, offers unique, efficient, high-fidelity modeling tools for composite materials and structures.
Composite materials have the potential to meet requirements of modern and future engineering systems because they are lightweight, durable and low-maintenance; the use of traditional mechanisms to model composites results in methods that are either too simple to be predictive, or too computationally prohibitive to be practical.
AnalySwift™ uses cutting-edge technology developed by Utah State University professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Wenbin Yu, CTO of AnalySwift™. The AnalySwift™ technology suite includes two products, SwiftComp Micromechanics™ and VABS. Other products are forthcoming.
SwiftComp Micromechanics™, a general-purpose micromechanics code, allows engineers to better predict and design composites and other heterogeneous materials. SwiftComp Micromechanics™ can calculate a complete set of material properties with a single analysis and saves engineering time and cost. It has been used in aerospace, energy, biological materials and automotive industries. VABS, the tool of choice for the wind energy and helicopter industries, allows engineers to efficiently and accurately model beam-shaped structures — like helicopter and wind turbine blades.
“Heterogeneous materials, like composites, are used in almost all natural and engineering systems,” said Yu. “The efficient high-fidelity tools offered through AnalySwift™ enable companies to bring products to market more quickly and at a lower cost with the best available compromise of accuracy, efficiency and versatility.”
“Utah is home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of advanced composites companies,” said Allan Wood, president and CEO of AnalySwift™. “Two of Utah’s top industries, aerospace and outdoor products, can utilize the AnalySwift™ technology suite.”
AnalySwift™ will be on exhibit at the upcoming Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering conference, May 23-26, 2011. SAMPE, an international professional member society, provides information on new materials and processing technologies through chapter technical presentations, journal publications, symposia and commercial expositions.