The use of simulation software is today an essential part of the design cycle since it increases company profits by significantly reducing time to market. Virtual prototyping provides engineers with the ability to establish fundamentals of a new project before building prototypes, and allows the economic assessment of the what if scenario.
To fit to this trend, Cenaero decided in 2004 to develop from scratch a new generation manufacturing software, Morfeo (Manufacturing ORiented Finite Element tOol). The ambition is to make of Morfeo the reference in simulation of manufacturing processes for large size components.
Morfeo main fields of application
Morfeo is a computational software tailored for manufacturing process simulation and its impact on the lifespan. Morfeo handles the following manufacturing process to predict the distortion and the residual stress field:
Morfeo allows to assess the structural integrity and lifespan within the damage tolerant hypotheses which include:
The Morfeo foundations are based on both state of the art software development technologies and numerical methods. Written in C++, Morfeo is a modular, object-oriented finite element (FE) application: the Morfeo executable relies on several dedicated libraries for mesh management, mesh adaptation, material behaviour, finite element features, solvers and parallelism.
Parallelism in Morfeo was designed early in the development, providing an efficient and massively parallel simulation tool. The parallelism feature in Morfeo exploits the domain decomposition techniques. Based on MPI (Message-Passing Interface) standard, the parallel version of Morfeo runs on high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure.
Another major advantage of Morfeo consists of the eXtended Finite Element Method (X-FEM), a partition of unity method, thoroughly implemented in the kernel of the code. Combined with Level-Sets and associated efficient evolution algorithms, this method offers many innovative and unique perspectives in material forming processes and fracture mechanics simulations, allowing for minimal remeshing and manual operations.
To achieve the accurate and fast simulation of manufacturing processes and fracture mechanics problems, the following features are implemented in Morfeo: