- R&D 100 Awards
Digimat changes the way aerospace and automotive composite structures are designed by drastically reducing the time and cost of obtaining composite material properties, and expanding the design space of possible layups to take full advantage of the unique ability of composites to be tailored to achieve design goals. Composite materials are increasingly being used to reduce weight of aircraft and ground vehicles; however composite materials require extensive testing and characterization before being inserted into an application. Composite material properties depend on a wide range of parameters including type of matrix, type of reinforcement, stacking and environmental conditions. There is also inherent variability of the composite material properties due to varying constituent properties and process variations. To cope with this challenge, composite materials classically have been tested over extensive campaigns to determine material allowables and design values. A typical campaign for a single material requires hundreds or thousands of tests, millions of dollars and test programs spanning years, hindering the affordability of composites.