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Aerospace Materials Data Management Helps Engineers Design, Certify and Audit Aircraft

Understanding the properties of aircraft materials is mission critical to the aerospace and defense industry. Engineers need complex aerospace materials data that are often scattered across multiple datasets — lost in a sea of digital or physical filing systems. Not only does this make it difficult to optimize and maintain a product, but it makes it impractical to audit designs and products for restricted materials.

The type of aerospace materials data required to complete various steps in an aircraft’s product development cycle

Engineers need materials data management software that ensures fast, reliable access to the data they need to meet weight, cost and environmental and structural goals. The software has to:

  • Capture all relevant data
  • Connect related items
  • Support calculation of properties
  • Deliver data in the formats needed for analysis and simulation

Keeping this information within siloed databases isn’t productive.

ANSYS GRANTA MI solves these challenges. It offers a means to gather, store and access materials data, and makes it easier for engineers to ensure that an aircraft’s design is safe, optimal and efficient.

The Benefits of a Centralized Aerospace Materials Data Management System During Design

The GRANTA MI database is accessible within ANSYS Mechanical (pictured above) and ANSYS Workbench.

A centralized aircraft materials data management system is fundamental to the design and development of aerospace and defense equipment.

For instance, materials engineers looking to qualify new aerospace composites for lightweighting will need to store hundreds of thousands of coupon test data. Storing this information — and all of its interconnections — in GRANTA MI greatly speeds up the analysis process. A “gold source” materials data system also avoids unnecessary repeating of tests completed in the past.

GRANTA MI will also ensure simulation analysts can access the data they need, regardless of storage location. For instance, engineers can search materials data stored in GRANTA MI from within ANSYS Mechanical or ANSYS Workbench. As a result, they can ensure that the materials properties used in simulations are accurate and consistent throughout the organization.

How Operations Benefit from a Centralized Aerospace Materials Data Management System

ANSYS GRANTA MI helps engineers ensure all the aircraft materials are compliant with restricted substance regulations.

During the long operational lifecycle of an aircraft, any number of regulatory changes can pop up. To ensure compliance with restricted substance regulations, engineers need to know which materials were used to create each part of the aircraft and the substance risks associated with these materials.

Failure to comply with these restrictions could result in fines, safety concerns, consumer confidence issues and more.

Performing an audit to find all the restricted substance risks associated with a part could take a team hours or days to complete. However, with GRANTA MI, this process can be done by an individual in a few minutes.

To see how aerospace engineers can use the materials data capabilities of GRANTA MI in other aspects of design, read: Seeking a Material Advantage.

To see how ANSYS pervasive simulation software improves aerospace and defense designs, read: Accelerating Digital Transformation in Aerospace and Defense.

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