AnalySwift LLC has received a grant from NASA to be used to further develop its SwiftComp software, a technology that provides efficient, high-fidelity modeling of deployable structures made of high-strain composites.

AnalySwift LLC, a Purdue University-affiliated commercial software provider, has received a $125,000 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from NASA to help further develop its SwiftComp software.

The technology was developed by Wenbin Yu, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics in Purdue’s College of Engineering. The company licensed the technology from the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization.

Allan Wood, president, and CEO of AnalySwift, explained, “SwiftComp takes details of the fundamental building block of materials and structures as input, then outputs the structural properties needed for macroscopic analysis. It can be used for composite beams, plates, and shells, and 3D structures, for both micromechanical and structural modeling.”

“The unique synergistic relationship between Yu’s computational mechanics research group at Purdue and AnalySwift, with its SwiftComp simulation software, makes it a very efficient transition mechanism of new material and structures fundamental theory developments into the commercial world,” said Juan Fernandez, a research aerospace engineer with NASA. “The ultimate goal is to increase the capabilities of this commercial computational tool so that others in the high-strain composites community can benefit from it and help advance the field while using it to satisfy current and future NASA program modeling needs.”

NASA could find other uses for the software beyond the deployable composite booms including living vessels and foldable panels in a space environment, satellite buses, rovers, antennas and more. Applications such as flexible wings for aircraft and structures for vertical lift aircraft are also possible.

The software also has been licensed for work on satellites and mobile phone components, including printed circuit boards.