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The PRISM2 partnership was launched in February 2007 with the aim of establishing a centre of Excellence in Materials and Process Modelling.

Modelling of manufacturing processes and the consequent materials response has become an essential technology for enabling rapid, cost-effective engineering decision making. Traditional techniques reliant on physical trials are no longer compatible with today's product performance requirements, reduced product introduction lead times, high cost of raw materials and need to reduce product lifecycle cost.

Optimisation of products for performance, life, quality, lead time and total lifecycle cost necessarily requires a multi-disciplinary modelling approach. Whilst many design engineering analysis disciplines are quite mature, there is still a lack of consideration given towards many manufacturing and materials aspects.

Many types of mechanical design analysis, for example, make the basic assumption that the product may be considered to have uniform, isotropic properties. Consider however, that the product may have been subject to quite severe deformation and thermal processing to achieve the desired final shape.

Questions that might need to be answered include:

  • What residual stresses and strains may still be present in the final product?
  • What might the sequence of manufacturing processes have done to the microstructure of the material?
  • What distribution of material properties might there be in the product?
  • What consequences will the residual state and property distribution have for the product in service?
  • Is the proposed manufacturing route optimal from the point of view of:
    • design (e.g. structural, aerodynamic, performance, life);
    • manufacturing (e.g. yield, inspectability, material usage);
    • production (e.g. rate, throughput, resource utilisation);
    • business (e.g. unit cost, lifecycle cost)?

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