Imperial College of London

United States Brand: SIMULIA
Industry: Aerospace & Defense

The Challenge

Researchers at London Imperial College’s department of aeronautics were seeking ways to improve the performance of composite and graphene materials—which are increasingly important for lightweighting applications in many industries—through the use of engineered microstructures.

Dassault Systèmes Response

Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) from Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA provided realistic simulation of the materials’ behavior and “plug-in friendliness” that let the team develop their own subroutines to complement and expand the software’s native capabilities.


Realistic simulation improved the researchers’ fundamental understanding of the structure and behavior of complex composite and graphene materials and is helping them propose new designs for nanoscale structures with tailored mechanical properties.