HyperSizer Product Capabilities

Primary capabilities of three main HyperSizer products (Material Manager, Basic, Pro) are listed below. For more information and help deciding which product best fits your needs, please contact us.

Fundamental Capabilities Material Manager Basic Pro
  • Manage material data for isotropic, composite ply tape/fabric, honeycomb core, and foam core
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  • Use best in class interface for creating and editing layups
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  • Interactively compute laminate stiffnesses and load allowables, plot ply-by-ply stresses, strains, laminate failure envelopes, and margins of safety for composite failure theories such as Max Strain, Tsai-Hahn, and Tsai-Wu
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  • Generate material data tables in HTML for data exchange
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  • Analyze over 50 panel and beam concepts and optimize their cross-sectional dimensions and materials to achieve lightweight, manufacturable designs
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  • Apply user-defined mechanical and thermal loads for multiple load cases (membrane loads, bending moments, pressure, and temperature gradients)
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  • Report margins of safety for hundreds of industry standard failure methods
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  • Automatically generate stress reports for FAA certification (Word, Excel, HTML)
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  • Import Nastran, Ansys or Abaqus finite element models and statistically post-process their FEA mechanical and thermal load sets
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  • Import a final design FEM with fully defined laminate specs to perform detailed final analysis margins
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  • Import a preliminary design FEM to optimize each structural component individually and the vehicle as an entire system for substantial weight savings. Export an improved design to FEM for updated FEA loads
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  • Automatically iterate with FEA software using HyperFEA to update and converge load path
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  • Graphically post-process hundreds of different Hypersizer results on FEM and plot FEA solution results
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  • Track and report component, group, assembly, and project weights
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  • Generate a complete stress report for your project including summary tables of controlling margins, failure modes, load sets, etc.
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Advanced Analysis Material Manager Basic Pro
  • Laminate-based strength approach such as Angle Minus Load (AML) and %45 to account for allowables that vary with ply angle percents. Ply-based strength approach that includes correction factors to account for allowables that vary with ply angle percents and laminate thicknesses
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  • Damage tolerant composite strength analysis with CAI, TAI, SAI, BVID, OHC, OHT allowables
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  • Bolted joint analysis using BJSFM or bearing allowable curves
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  • Joint loads extracted from FEA using shear flow or CBUSH spring elements with automated bearing bypass calculations
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  • Out-of plane interlaminar shear and peel stresses
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  • Bonded joint shear and pull-off, delamination, fracture, and adhesive failure predictions for stiffened panels
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  • Micromechanics computation of ply stiffness, fiber and matrix stresses, and failure prediction
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  • Stiffened panel virtual crack closures (VCCT) for stiffened panel bonded flange
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  • Discretely meshed FEMs including applied loads and boundary conditions generated with HyperFEMgen(TM) for FEA verification
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Advanced Optimization Material Manager Basic Pro
  • Optimize with effective “smeared” laminates created from tape and fabric material systems and user-defined fiber orientations
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  • Perform statistical optimization to automatically refine sizing variables
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  • Link design variables such as stiffener spacing
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  • Enforce fabrication and repair guidelines to cross sections and laminates during sizing
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  • Generate a range of “best-fit” laminates from industry standard layup rules including balance and symmetry, 10% rule, and continuous IML/OML tool side plies
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  • Automatically define sizing component shapes, sizes, and boundaries to find lighter, more manufacturable laminate zone areas
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  • Achieve ply count compatibility across adjacent surface areas
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  • Reduce ply drops across laminate transitions with layup sequencing that achieves interleaving and less fabrication processing steps
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  • Perform global ply tracking to identify full-body tool side plies and drawing ply part numbers
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  • Export optimum laminate specifications, ply shapes and coverage areas to CAD software such as FiberSIM and CATIA
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HyperSizer Graphics Material Manager Basic Pro
  • Display optimum panel dimensions and buckling mode shapes
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  • Post-process FEA output including element loads and grid deformations
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  • Post-process HyperSizer output including margins of safety, controlling failure analysis, controlling load cases, and ply-based stresses and strains
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  • Create and modify components, groups, and assemblies by graphically selecting model elements
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  • Show numerical values on the FEM for ply angle counts, ply drop counts, and ply angle percents at laminate fabrication transitions
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  • Display for FEM section cuts the EIyy, EIzz, and GJ stiffness values
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  • Show FEM section cut edge force vectors (load transfer)
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Test Data Analysis Validation and Correlation Material Manager Basic Pro
  • Use hundreds of publicly available failure load tests maintained in HyperSizer test database for analysis validation
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  • Correlation factors automatically established for failure methods based on tests
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  • Enter your own test data for automatic correlation to HyperSizer analysis predictions
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  • Generate histograms automatically to display test data scatter
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  • Use test data correlation to establish reliability coefficients
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  • Alternate between traditional deterministic and reliability analysis to evaluate their impact to your design
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Programming Customization Material Manager Basic Pro
  • Analysis plug-ins allow customer legacy analysis codes to be internally integrated into HyperSizer using programming languages such as Fortran and C++
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  • COM programming interface allows HyperSizer to be executed externally from applications such as Excel, MATLAB, IronPython, and frameworks such as ModelCenter and Isight
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Supported FEA Solvers, Preprocessors and CAD Software Material Manager Basic Pro
  • MSC/Nx/NEi Nastran
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  • Abaqus
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  • ANSYS
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  • CATIA
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  • FiberSIM
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  • Femap
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Documentation and Support Resources Material Manager Basic Pro
  • Analysis methods documentation (HME)
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  • Analysis verification and test data validation documents (HVV)
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  • Support Ticket system
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