Fact Sheet: Interface Standard for Integrated Virtual Material Modelling in Manufacturing Industry (VMAP)

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Short description/
Transmitted information
  • VMAP is a vendor neutral standard for CAE data-storage to enhance interoperability in virtual engineering workflows
  • VMAP specification is freely (open & cost-free) available
  • VMAP development kit will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike license (details currently under preparation, release planned early May 2020)
  • VMAP Standardization Community will be organized by NAFEMS association, details to be defined
Normative document
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Version / Release state
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Release date
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Application scope
  • Describe models and results from 3D simulation tools (FEA, FVM, mesh-less models, etc.)
  • Initial use for detailed manufacturing and product/component simulations
  • Flexibilization of integrated simulation tool-chains, by:
  • Standardized exchange format for models and result properties
  • Geometry and discretization
  • Coordinate and unit systems
  • Result and state variables
  • Parameters for (material) models
  • Meta and user data
  • Supplied IO routines for easy implementation
Promoting bodies
  • NAFEMS, ITEA, VMAP Community (> 50 partner, member fee planned, similar to FMI)
  • Own VMAP Standard rules, based on Modelica (FMI)
IT Standard classification
  • Interoperability Standard
  • Integration Standard
Data format
Additional available resources
Relevant prostep ivip project groups
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Positioning of VMAP in V-Model


The only standard for exchange data in 3D CAE workflows


Reached goals:

  • Standard released and in use within a growing user and implementor community

Further goals

  • Addressing new use-cases within Multi-Scale Material simulation and Manufacturing Modelling
    • A follow-up project called “VMAP analytics - Smart Analytics for Multi-Scale Material and Manufacturing Modelling” has received ITEA label and will probably start in November 2020 (https://itea3.org/project/vmap-analytics.html)
  • Setting a global de-facto standard

Relevance and Benefit for MBSE

  • The standard allows the community to utilize multi-disciplinary simulation processes based on standarad data exchange between the dedicated simulation domains
  • This capabilty simplifies the usage and by this widens the availability of multi-disciplinary simulation to the MBSE

Risks and Impediments

  • Extend the usage within more simulation tools
  • Expand the usage over more simulation disciplins
  • Simplify the usage by providing libraries for a more simple migration from specifc and individual interfaces to VMAP