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Composite materials are used for the high stiffness and strength properties they provide at a low weight compared to metals. But composite materials are challenging to use in structural design because of their orthotropic behavior – different stiffness and strength depending on the direction of the material. This makes testing for these material properties a lengthy and expensive process when compared to isotropic materials. Add to this that composite materials are relatively new and substantially more expensive then metals, and you get a limited publically available database for composite material properties.

 

The question is.... where can I locate properties? Or, can I compute the properties for a material?

 

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Autodesk 2016 Composite Products are Live!

by kenikd On 04/23/15 03:20:21 PM

The 2016 versions of Autodesk Helius Composite (the product formerly known as Autodesk Simulation Composite Design), and Autodesk Helius PFA (the product formerly known as Autodesk SImulation Composite Analysis) are now live and ready for download! Click to view what's new in the products and view the new product center pages!

 

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Simulation Flex Upgrades for 2016

by kenikd On 04/16/15 07:41:52 PM

Autodesk Simulation Flex users are receiving some great hardware updates in the new 2016 releases. Check out Ian Pendlebury's post here.

 

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Autodesk Simulation 2016 Products Released

by dan.miles On 04/13/15 03:46:54 PM

Autodesk's 2016 Simulation software portfolio delivers a faster, more accurate and flexible approach to predicting, optimizing and validating designs earlier in the design process.  The 2016 family of products include new versions of Autodesk Moldflow, Autodesk Moldflow Design, Autodesk CFD, Autodesk Nastran In-CAD, Autodesk Nastran, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, and Autodesk Helius PFA, Autodesk Helius Composite, and Autodesk Robot Structure Analysis Professional.  Autodesk SimStudio Tools is available for the first time.

 

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This is part 2 of 2 covering my thoughts on the composites simulation market as a whole.  Part 1 of 2 can be found here. The Autodesk team gave a broad overview of this same space at a Rocky Mountain SAMPE meeting back in the fall of 2014.

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Project Harmony for Simulation Moldflow is our free technology preview of a fully automatic Simulation Moldflow 3D mesher that can mesh a possibly invalid CAD model, i.e., has overlapping surfaces or small gaps between surfaces, and can automatically size the mesh elements based on local thickness and curvature.

 

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Composite Pressure Vessel Demonstration

by dan.miles On 11/14/14 03:12:24 PM

The flagship feature of Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis is progressive ply failure (PPF) of composite materials. In general, PPF in Composite Analysis allows the user to simulate the initiation and evolution of damage in a composite structure over the course of the prescribed load history. In this post, we will investigate how PPF can be used to help optimize the layup for a simple pressure vessel.

 

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Autodesk Advanced Materials Introduction

by dan.miles On 09/10/14 10:35:56 PM

The future of advanced materials is bright at Autodesk, especially in the simulation space.  The bad thing about advanced materials is that they are not cheap. Success is generated through an understanding of manufacturability and performance.  Simulation is critical for advanced materials to take hold of an industry. Design, manufacturing, and performance are all connected. Each step affects not only the next downstream, but they must be considered early and often to eliminate costly redesigns. 

 

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Autodesk Labs Project Sundance

by dan.miles On 06/09/14 09:25:20 PM

Project Sundance is a free technology preview of an Windows application that allows you to export the fiber orientation results from your Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® simulation and use them to run a nonlinear structural simulation in Abaqus Standard or Explicit.

 

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