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Modelling Materials

The future of the European industry is associated with a strong materials modelling capacity. An efficient modelling approach is needed to shorten the development process of materials-enabled products.

Review of Materials Modelling

(This version IV replaces the “Brochure for Materials Modelling”)

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Communication between the fields will be facilitated by a commonly understood vocabulary.This vocabulary has been adapted based on extensive discussions.

The notion “meta data” has been introduced and we hope it will be used to describe models, simulation and experiment results and facilitate interoperability of different models.

We believe we have proven the vocabulary is useful by applying it to now about 100 project fiches.

Our impressions are that people have accepted the classification of models according to their physics/chemistry as the classification via application size is not unique. With this follows the separation between the notions "mesoscopic" and "mesoscale".

People have accepted a model is NOT

  • the solver (and they do no longer say "I have a FEM model" - and do not know what physics is included)
  • the application ("I have a model of the textile and it says where the fibres are")
  • toolkit (a code containing more than one physics equation)

But the situation between physics equations and constitutive equations remained conflictual and consequently the definition of “model” has been adapted in this version IV. It contains the physics/chemistry equation and the closure (materials) relation.

Furthermore 27 new project fiches are included and this is accompanied by the definition of four new model categories. Some industrial statements on the usefulness of materials models have also been added.

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Materials Modelling: Where do we want to go?

In the new Framework programme H2020 of the European Union, efforts will continue to consolidate the strong European position in the field. A first meeting on "Materials Modelling: Where do we want to go?" has been held in February 2014 and the minutes can also be found on this web address.

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