Powerful tools for composite analysis
Simulation Composite Analysis software, part of the Digital Prototyping solution, provides fast, accurate, and flexible composite analysis and FEA analysis tools to help create lighter, stronger, safer, and more efficient composite materials design. The software also helps reduce testing and redesigns by providing virtual insight into failure loads and modes.
Simulation Composite Analysis features
Efficient failure analysis capabilities
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Support for multiple materials
Simulation Composite Analysis is designed for multiple material systems, each with their own failure modes accounted for in a progressive failure analysis.
The software addresses unidirectional materials and a variety of woven materials, such as plain woven, four-, five-, and eight-harness satin weaves. It also includes a predefined set of both unidirectional and woven materials, with all data taken from published experiments.
Simulate response of static loads, or determine composite structure life under fatigue loading using a physics-based progressive fatigue calculation.
Compatible with both Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit to simulate progressive response with either formulation.
Progressive failure analysis
Simulate the distinctly nonlinear progression of failure events more accurately in composite structures.
Work beyond the limitations of linear elastic and first-ply failure methods. Simulation Composite Analysis is designed to efficiently handle material nonlinearity both pre- and post-failure. A unique material degradation scheme enables consistent and reliable prediction of global structural failure.
Simulate intra-ply (fiber and matrix) and inter-ply (delamination) failure simultaneously.
The software’s composite-specific technologies extend to Abaqus, MSC Nastran 2013, and ANSYS 15 cohesive elements to enable out-of-plane damage simulation. Predict the onset of matrix cracking and the start and propagation of delamination.
Energy-based material degradation
Use energy-based damage evolution to control the rate of material degradation for your composite structure.
Usually the rate of stiffness degradation decreases as the size of the element decreases. Specify the finite energy dissipation from failure of the fiber and matrix constituents to reduce the mesh sensitivity.
Select the right advanced composite failure criteria to predict distinct failure of the fiber and matrix constituents.
Ensure accurate simulation of complex failure modes of composites with popular constituent-based methods, including: Hashin, Puck, Christensen, LaRC02, Multicontinuum Theory (MCT)
Determine the life of your composite structure under fatigue loading with physics-based progressive fatigue life calculation tools.
Convergence and computational efficiency
Gain the improved accuracy of a constituent-based composite failure method.
Experience robust efficiency from your analysis software investment. Review an analysis of composite failure with the help of unique convergence technology specifically designed for composite materials.
Simplified material input
Use a built-in library of lamina materials, or quickly define your own with an easy-to-use interface.
The material library comes populated with composite lamina material properties fully characterized for simulations. A Composite Material Manager tool provides a convenient interface for creating a new material file. Use standard strength and stiffness properties to easily characterize your own unidirectional or woven lamina for use in your composite simulation.
Direct FEA integration
Add Simulation Composite Analysis to your finite element analysis (FEA) platform for advanced composite materials analysis.
With quick conversion of legacy models, you can easily begin to improve accuracy and efficiency in composite simulation and analysis. Integrate the software using an intuitive user interface with a simple extension to your existing FEA investment, including: Abaqus, ANSYS, Nastran.