PDT Founder discusses state IP protection with Starkville Daily

PDT Awarded DOE STTR Phase I Grant

Predictive Design Technologies, LLC has been awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grant for "Optimization Using Metamodeling in the Context of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)"

PDT proposes to develop innovative metamodeling (quick response) toolkits for the manufacturing industry to improve manufacturing quality and efficiency through virtual manufacturing, which could be run on laptop computers and are calibrated with the results from large-scale finite element simulations that are run in high performance computing environments.

More details can be found here.

Johnny Bohmer Visits PDT

Johnny Bohmer Owner of Performance Power Racing and Driver of the World Famous BADD GT, along with Matt Lundy, Lead Design Tech, piloted the 1700+ horse power Ford GT down NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility Runway this week setting a new Guinness World Record at 283.232 mph in the Standing Mile. The Standing Mile is an event in which a vehicle, from a dead stop, accelerates completely through the one mile mark.

“Automotive Racing is the perfect channel to introduce some of the new technologies we are working on in to the main stream market. The Pandalloy™ Aluminum Alloys Project through Performance Power Materials, Inc is very exciting. The multiple series of Aluminums are vastly outperforming what is on the market today and we are excited to see how far we can push the limits of performance, and more importantly efficiency to have a positive impact worldwide. We break records to prove that these systems and designs really do function and can be implemented on vehicles of all types.” said Johnny Bohmer.

He came up to Starkville to meet with MSU spin off company Predictive Design Technology (PDT). PDT specializes in optimizing current structural designs (lighter, stronger, longer lasting, faster, cheaper). A potential partnership could allow Performance Power Racing to make faster race cars but then to introduce this technology to the average consumer car market. This combined technology with PDT and PPR would produce higher fuel economy, less carbon emissions, and less expensive cars. With the car industry already growing quickly in the south, these efforts could only enhance the current manufacturing state.

New Book by Dr. Horstemeyer

Dr. Mark Horstemeyer’s book on “Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) for Metals” is out now from Wiley Press.

With the recent recent confluence of smaller desktop computers with enhanced computing power coupled with the emergence of physically-based material models, the clear trend in modeling and simulation is to integrate more knowledge into materials processing and product performance. This book is a comprehensive overview of the methods of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), and provides case studies to demonstrate the multiscale modeling methodology and can be used in a pedagogical setting. This book demonstrates the methodologies and gives successful examples to gain the confidence of the new paradigm for design. It captures important constitutive relations and the material constants for those relations for different materials in a single collection. A new simulation-based design paradigm is presented by employing a heirarchical multiscale modeling methodology for optimizing load-bearing structures. The methodology integrates material models, structure-property experiments, and simulations starting at the quantum level in the spirit of the fairly new idea of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). At the structural level, heterogeneous microstructures are embedded in the finite element analysis. Because these microstructures are included, the paradigm shift from safety factors to predicting failure is the fundamental message of this book.