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Apr

Lightweight, High Performance Composites – What is a Composite Material?

Question: What is a composite? Answer: One could write endlessly about this topic, but I’ve provided some basic information and a few FAQs to get you started. Composite: “A composite is a structural material that consists of two or more combined constituents that are combined at a macroscopic level and are not soluble in each ...
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Apr

Lightweight, High Performance Composites – Example of Composite Failure Analysis by Using FEA

Topic: To conclude the last few posts on using FEA to analyze composites, I leave off with this example from Use of Finite Element Analysis to Create Robust Composite Designs – Going Beyond First Ply Failure. PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF FAILURE ANALYSIS COMPARED WITH TEST RESULTS This work is an overview of some collaborative work performed with ...
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Apr

Lightweight, High Performance Composites – Progressive Ply Failure Analysis (PFA)

Question: What is progressive ply failure analysis (PFA)? Answer: PFA is a type of analysis used to model the failure of a composite laminate on a layer by layer basis. From Andrew Main's Use of Finite Element Analysis to Create Robust Composite Designs – Going Beyond First Ply Failure. This analysis approach allows the structure to ...
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Apr

What to expect at this year’s MSC Software Users Conference – Irvine, CA – May 7-8

The MSC Software Users Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Irvine from May 7-8. 300+ engineers will come together in Sunny California to exchange information and ideas to further the field of simulation. To register, please visit: http://pages.mscsoftware.com/50Years-FeesUSA.html 2013 is a very special year for MSC Software. In less than a month, we ...
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Apr

Lightweight, High Performance Composites – How to Account for the Uncertainty in Composite Material Properties

Question: How can I account for the uncertainty in composite material properties? Answer: You can perform a Stochastic Analysis. I've quoted a description from Andrew Main's Use of Finite Element Analysis to Create Robust Composite Designs – Going Beyond First Ply Failure. Stochastic analysis is not a method that was developed for composites but the large ...
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Apr

System Level Dynamic Simulation for Machinery Designers – Join our Hands-on Training to Learn More

Join us in Chicago, IL (May 14) or Boston, MA (May 21) for a free hands-on workshop on Adams/Machinery. More information can be found here >> http://pages.mscsoftware.com/adams-machinery.html The original article was written by Evan Yares, Senior Editor & Analyst, Software & Published on Design World Online Adams/Machinery makes analyst-level simulation practical for the rest of ...
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