QuesTek And Sentient Science Are Changing the Way Advanced Materials are Qualified for Demanding Applications

Evanston, IL and Buffalo, NY., March 31, 2022 — QuesTek Innovations LLC, a global leader in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) technologies, and Sentient Science Corporation, an industry leader in advanced prognostic solutions, announced the execution of a formal agreement to expand Sentient’s DigitalClone® offering and QuesTek’s advanced materials to more customers in more markets.

“We now have the opportunity to develop strategies for our joint customers and introduce them to both Sentient’s software and QuesTek’s high performance materials and associated data,” said Dr. Jiadong Gong, QuesTek’s Chief Technology Officer. He added, “Our objective is to redefine how new materials are integrated, designed in and qualified for new applications.”

QuesTek and Sentient Science announced last year that their partnership would offer customers access to upgraded content, allowing DigitalClone® SaaS subscribers to upgrade and gain access to new libraries of advanced materials designed by QuesTek, including the high performance alloys: Ferrium® C61TM; Ferrium C64®; Ferrium M54®; and Ferrium S53® steel that are widely used in aerospace, automotive, and industrial applications.

“Our technology has been co-developed through the SBIR program in collaboration with the Department of Defense (Army, Navy, Air Force), Department of Energy, and NASA,” said Jason Rios, Sentient Science’s SVP/GM of Defense Operations. “Now we have the opportunity to quickly identify common customers that will be able to take advantage of this revolutionary product.”

DigitalClone® is a physics-based computational modeling and design framework that simulates the microstructure of different components and their behavior. It calculates internal stresses caused by different applied loading conditions, accumulates internal damages resulting in crack nucleation and propagation, and investigates the performance and life prediction. DigitalClone®-AM accounts for various additive manufacturing process parameters–such as laser power, scan speed, hatch strategy, layer thickness, and others–to generate highly accurate predictions of part-level distortion, residual stress, grain structure, and porosity.

DigitalClone® software possess unparalleled features, including but not limited to:

  • Predictive Capabilities: it allows subscribers in these industries to virtually predict specific components and overall system lifing expectations
  • Improvement of AVL (Army Vertical Lift) design
  • Speed of Simulation: DigitalClone® can provide results in just hours compared to the weeks or months required to generate the same data using physical testing

“By combining Sentient’s DigitalClone software with QuesTek’s data, input, and offering into that system, it will enable existing Ferrium customers like Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky, Bell Helicopter and Boeing to accelerate the qualification of their gearbox system for their critical future vertical lift applications,” added Dr. Gong.

About QuesTek Innovations

For over 20 years, QuesTek has applied its metallurgical expertise and ICME technologies to efficiently create new materials meeting mission-specific performance. QuesTek has been engaged across a variety of industries to optimize commodity materials and design novel materials and processes for over 100 commercial and government clients in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information about QuesTek’s modeling and design capabilities, please visit Additional news and blog posts are also available at

About Sentient Science Corporation

Sentient Science is a provider of physics-based modeling solutions under the brand name of DigitalClone® that predict fatigue life of critical components of helicopter drivetrains and rotating mechanical equipment. DigitalClone provides advanced solutions impacting design, manufacturing, sustainment, and other key aspects of the lifecycle of critical rotorcraft components. Sentient Science is a 2014 Tibbets Award recipient for excellence in SBIR research and development and was selected as a 2020 Top 10 Aviation Solution Provider by Aerospace and Defense Review.