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Virtual Opening of 3DEXPERIENCE Education Center for Advanced Composites

Where will the composites workforce of the future come from? The demand for and production of composites – these extremely versatile materials – is booming. Why? They offer lighter weight, higher strength, longer fatigue life and higher heat tolerance compared with other materials like aluminum, steel and titanium. Moreover, lighter weight parts result in products that are more fuel-efficient and have a lower carbon footprint – noteworthy benefits for next generation products. For all of these benefits, the challenge of adequately growing the composites workforce looms large, as composites are being increasingly utilized by many industries for a variety of applications.

To help build the digital workforce of the future, Dassault Systèmes in partnership with Purdue University have established the new 3DEXPERIENCE Education Center of Excellence in Advanced Composites, located in the Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center (CMSC) on the Purdue University Campus. A Purdue University Center of Excellence, the CMSC is a leader in the education and training of a new generation of engineers in a digital world.

Register here to join the live-stream opening event on October 28, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET from Purdue University. In addition to speakers from Dassault Systèmes, the event will feature Dr. R. Byron Pipes, Executive Director, Indiana Manufacturing Institute, Purdue University, Dr. Rick Barto, Senior Manager, Advanced Technology Lab, Lockheed Martin, and several other education and business leaders. A full list of speakers the agenda and registration information can be found here.

The center will serve as a new partnership that will connect a major American university with Dassault Systèmes – pioneers in creating the digital environment for Industry 4.0.


Dear all, we have decommissioned the group forum and merged it to the site level forum at to better serve the global composites community. Currently, the site forum does not have subscription function, which means we could not receive notification for new posts on the forum. We have to go to the site to find out. I have reported this to our support, they will develop it soon. 

Also, we have another webinar coming up next Thursdays, details below: 

Title: Automating the lay-up of geometrically complex composite structures made from preimpregnated reinforcements: a route to a roadmap

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Potter

Time: 10/29, 11AM-12PM EST.

Please go to to register for this webinar.

You are invited to attend the Global Composites Experts Webinar Series. The 3rd lecture: Defect Coupling Predicting the Strength and Life of Fibrous Composite Laminates, by Dr. Ken Reifsnider, is on 10/8, 11am–12pm EDT. Registration through is required to attend

Dear All, cdmHUB invites you to attend the Global Composites Experts Webinar Series. The upcoming lecture is entitled "a manufacturing sensitive design strategy for composite materials using physical modeling and stochastic simulation of defects" by Dr. Ramesh Talreja on 9/24 11-12pm. Please go to to register for this exciting talk. 

Dear All, we are moving our Forum posts to You are welcome to ask questions on the site wide discussion board. Our group Forum will be decommissioned soon.  

For those who are interested in the integration of VABS with Altair, please use the following link to register for a free webinar offered through Altair:


Dear All,  we have recently integrated VABS with Altair products ( We will present a joint webinar with Altair at 7/9, 10-10:45. You are cordially invited to join this webinar. Please use the following link to register:



Dear All, AIAA Materials Technical Committee will offer an online short course on Multiscale Structural Mechanics starting August 5th (five hours/week for four weeks). It will cover both fundamentals of Mechanics of Structure Genome and practical applications of SwiftComp. More details can be found at

Dear All, I would like to use wiki to document the instructions of using our codes and tutorial examples. If you have anything to share with the group, please feel free to contribute. 


Dear All, I am going to Beijing next week (12/9-12/15), and will give several lectures in several universities/research institutes throughout the week. If you are interested in meeting me, please let me know. 

Register for AIAA’s 25 October DirectTech Webinar

Mechanics of Structure Genome: A New Unified Approach to Modeling Composites Structures   

25 October | 1300–1430 hrs EDT

Effective modeling of composite structures requires rigorous handling of anisotropy and heterogeneity. Mechanics of Structure Genome (MSG) represents a new unified approach to modeling composite structures. AIAA’s DirectTech Webinar will identify distinct features of composites and challenges associated with modeling and simulation, explain the concept of structure genome and the basic principles MSG, and apply MSG to simple composite structural problems.

Member Price: $79 | Student Member Price: $9.99

For group discounts, contact Jason Cole, Manager, Education, at

Check out my comments on multiscale modelling using the Structure Genome on this podcast: First time to do an interview, much to be improved. 

Dear All, I am writing to let you know PreVABS, a general-purpose preprocessor we developed for VABS. It is open source and does not require a third party license.  It is more powerful than the matlab code we had previously. It can be downloaded from Please let us know any of your comments/suggestions. 

An app version of SwiftComp is available on Apple App Store, search for SwiftComp. Feel free to download and test it. You can find more details at Currently we only have very simple capabilities, more capabilities of SwiftComp will be added later. 

For those who missed the MSG webinar, NAFEMS has kindly provided the link to listen to the webinar:

Here is the password you’ll need to access: yPKXbMk6. 

Please let me know your feedback through 

Prof. Yu will deliver a free webinar entitled Structure Genome: A Revolutionary Multiscale Approach to Bridging Materials Genome and Structural Analysis. Please register at 

Prof. Yu is traveling ro AIAA SciTech conference along with Zhenyuan Gao, Hamsasew Sertse, and Ning Liu to present four papers on various recent development of Mechanics of Structure Genome. 

We have now integrated SwiftComp with TexGen to take advantage of the geometry creating capability of TexGen for textile composites for convenient, efficient, and accurate modeling of textile composites using SwiftComp. The tool is available on cdmHUB as TexGen4SC. You can watch a short video made by Mr. Xin Liu to get a quick start. 

We added Import function to the cloud version of SwiftComp on cdmHUB. Now one can upload the sc file prepared in any other way including Gmsh4SC, TexGen4SC, ABAQUS SwiftComp GUI, and ANSYS SwiftComp GUI to let the SwiftComp on cdmHUB to perform homogenization and dehomogenization and visualize the results. For quick start, please check the YouTube Tutorial Video at 

The MSG paper is finally published, please cite the paper using 

Yu, W.: “A Unified Theory for Constitutive Modeling of Composites,” Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, vol. 11, no. 4, 2016, pp. 379-411.

The published version can be downloaded from