Use the Bolted Connection dialogue box and its 3D visualisation tool to build and size bolted joints for multiple laminates. Understand failure mode and safety margins for the bolted connection. This helps you size laminates and determine bolt configurations, and helps to eliminate uncertainty during conceptual design.
Create and analyse various composite fabrics with the Fabric Builder. Choose from different fabric types, weave orientations and customisable constituent materials. The tool determines fabric thickness, and uses micro-mechanics and selected failure criteria to calculate the resulting fabric strengths. Once you create a fabric, save it in the material database.
Fabric types include:
Calculate the spring-in or change in geometry to your laminate due to temperature and moisture changes. Predict laminate bending or warpage due to curing.
Use an extensive, customisable database of laminates, fibres, resins and core materials to build your sandwich panel. Add or create new materials with the New Item feature. Employ micro-mechanics to determine the properties of your ply, or Classical Laminate Theory, to calculate the properties of your laminate.
The Laminate module includes 9 composite laminate analysis features to help you to determine properties and performance. You can calculate and export laminate properties to finite element codes. Use a variety of top failure theories to plot your design spaces, and perform failure analysis using First Ply Failure or Progressive Failure.
Conduct structural analysis without FEA to quickly find more accurate solutions for de-formation, bending, vibration and compressive stability of laminate plates, sandwich panels, tubes, beams and pressure vessels. Once you define a laminate, simply specify the structure geometry, select from a menu of loading and boundary conditions, and apply your load to determine the laminate response.
From building a composite fabric to optimising your laminate, the Utilities module provides helpful tools for composite engineering.
Create accurate, professional reports of your design and analysis results. Export results to PDF, Microsoft Word, or HTML file formats.