Previous academic models, however, are too complex to enable the efficient material card generation for structural simulations in industrial applications. Also, they do not yet have the necessary level of maturity to map industrial processes with minimum requirements on accuracy and maximum numerical efficiency.
The public-funded project VirtualSMC remedies the current limitations for the industrial-scaled virtual design of SMC applications.
Within the project, a virtual process chain with simplified simulation approaches for SMC is developed at the Institute of Vehicle System Technology (FAST) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This includes simplified approaches for compression molding, warpage, and structural simulation.
VirtualSMC is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Art of the federal state Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and the SIMUTENCE GmbH. Besides this, the Hengrui Group (HRC) and the Advanced Composites Technology Center (ACTC) support the project through the supply of an existing design for a BEV SMC battery cladding, which is used as the demonstrator part within the project. The project has already started in March 2020 and has a duration of 18 monthes.