PLM software provides virtual testing for new materials

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Niobium based materials comes under scrutiny for use in automotive applications

Niobium product supplier employs PLM test and simulation capabilities to demonstrate applicability in automotive applications

CBMM, a Brazilian supplier of niobium products and technology, is using the 3DExperience Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform from Dassault Systèmes to optimise the development of new applications of niobium for the automotive industry. Niobium, a readily available soft metal that is ductile, malleable and highly resistant to corrosion, has the properties to help improve energy efficiency, safety and performance in the automotive industry.

CBMM aims to test and increase the use of niobium with other materials such as steel more quickly, to reduce costs and accelerate its time to market. The PLM platform from Dassault Systèmes enables it to unify its design, engineering, testing and manufacturing data in a single environment. CBMM can simulate and test the use of materials and their applications in different product parts, analyse their durability, toughness and efficiency, and optimise their design. It can also create a knowledge base of the many tests and simulations that can be accessed and shared by its international teams to work and innovate more collaboratively.

Projects already underway include the development of new truck structures and modern braking systems with more efficient discs and supports.

“Through Dassault Systèmes’ software, we will optimise the development time of niobium applications and improve our performance,” said Rodrigo Barjas Amado, Head of Strategy & New Business Development, CBMM. “Developing an application, including its physical tests, takes up to five years. The 3DExperience platform will allow us to carry out this same development in less than a year. Digitised testing processes will also enable automotive manufacturers to access data on the advantages of using new materials and parts with niobium, expanding its use.”

“CBMM has a robust technology programme to expand and diversify the global niobium market, in addition to exploring its synergies with graphene. A fully integrated digital approach helps them comply with sustainability requirements, reduce deadlines and improve production performance,” said Thomas Grand, Vice President, Energy & Materials Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “CBMM can also extend its use of the PLM platform to automate and accelerate the simulation of supply chain management, workforce planning and mine automation to mitigate social, governance and environmental risks or negative impacts.”

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