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The presentation was made by Wilde Analysis and Imperial College during the IFTHSE'11 Congress (17-20 October 11), hosted by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
This marked the final meeting of a European collaborative research project to provide users and developers of coatings for machine elements and cutting tools with a state-of-the art simulation-based toolkit.
Known as M3-2S (Multiscale Modelling for Multi-layered Surface Systems), the toolkit is designed to assist in the coatings development and selection process, with the following principal benefits:
- Reduction in physical tests (pre-screening and evaluation tests)
- Corresponding reduction in cost and lead-time
- Evaluation and ranking of alternative candidate surface systems
- Insight into coating failure mechanisms
A key project deliverable, developed by Wilde Analysis and Imperial College was the “virtual test” tool, which helps users who are not simulation experts to set up and run simulations of substrate-case-coating systems of their own construction, in three situations:
- Micro-indentation tests
- Load bearing (line contact) tests
- Approximate evaluation of coating system for cutting tool applications
The software is designed for maximum simplicity and quick results and is aimed at mainly at reducing the time and cost of coating selection. For more details of the software and for a quick demonstration, please contact us at http://WildeAnalysis.co.uk/contact.
Full details of the project can be found at www.m3-2s.bham.ac.uk.
Acknowledgement: Wilde Analysis thanks the European Commission for its support on the FP7 project “MultiscaleModelling for MultilayeredSurface Systems (M3-2S)”, Grant No: CP-FP 213600-2 M3-2S.