What is the meaning of composite digital twin technology

Key points

    Twinning composite material with digital twin

    How the digitization process works

    Key benefits of digital twin for composite material

By Carlos Miskinis
Digital twin research expert
Dec 2018

A composite digital twin is a digital replica of composite material that is used for manufacturing purposes.


A digital twin of composite material replicates and simulates the material itself and the multiple layers of fabric it consists of so that necessary tests and development operations could be done to figure out how to make the material stronger, more resilient and how manufacturing costs could be reduced to minimize capital waste. This is all possible via digital twin technology because by creating a digital version of composite material, future models and simulations can be developed. Most of the time, the composite material is used in a huge variety of industries such as architecture, aerospace, military, and energy industries.


the meaning virtual composite twins


Benefits of composite digital twin simulations and the technology itself


The main problem that businesses who are relying on composite materials face are manufacturing costs and wasted material. In order to come up with new cost-efficient ways to manufacture and apply the composite material, companies must figure out an optimal way to test and develop new concepts – this is where the composite digital twin comes in. When we’re talking about the aerospace industry, one of the biggest goals of an aircraft manufacturer is to maximize composite material used in such a way that it would increase productivity and the total quantity of goods produced, without experiencing a negative financial loss in terms of wasted material. We will talk about how this can be done in our most popular conference on digital twins – stay tuned for that. Most industry experts state that aerospace companies will be able to reduce their spend by increasing production volumes, however, data shows that by increasing the number of goods produced, necessary control of the entire manufacturing process is lost and more composite material gets wasted in the long run. This issue can be solved using digital twin technology because of the fact, that by creating digital simulations and testing out new ways of efficiently increasing production will give the ability for companies the leverage they need to change and improve the manufacturing process and gather crucial data that will navigate them towards positive results.

Part 2

The process of digitizing composite material via digital twin

The ability to track and monitor how much composite material is produced and distributed is bound to increase work efficiency

How composite material is digitized using virtual twins


By successfully creating digital replicas of the composite materials that will be used for manufacturing, companies will be able to track and monitor the amount of material that is being used for manufacturing at any given time to accurately estimate how much of it will be wasted in the future. This will allow to reduce unnecessary expenses and promote exceptional engineering capabilities in the long-term. Moreover, instead of just working on replicating the material itself, the vehicles, building structures or aircraft that will be manufactured using composite material can be digitized as well. This opens up a wide range of opportunities when it comes to testing the end product itself and accurately gathering data on the durability of the material itself. By constantly monitoring how resilient the material is when it’s constantly under stress, engineers will be able to predict the overall lifespan of the material and set necessary future safety cautions when the end product is in use in order to maximize safety.


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